To keep ceramic and glass sculptures safe, display them in dust proof glass cases or acrylic vitrines if possible. Be sure the surface is clean, level and stable. Be aware of vibrations caused by traffic, trains, and building equipment. Over time, constant vibrations can cause movement and damage the object. Some preparators use museum wax to stabilize objects, but only do this after checking with a conservator. The wax may be difficult to remove from certain objects. In extreme cases, such as in earthquake zones, earthquake resistant mounts can be constructed to help safeguard precious objects.
If you do not have enough room for display, and need to keep art objects in storage, be sure to use archival materials. Carefully wrap objects in archival lingnin-free tissue and place in sturdy, acid-free boxes with plenty of archival padding. Never wrap items in newspaper as the inks can cause staining and the paper itself will off-gas.
If you need assistance with custom display mounts (including earthquake resistant mounts) or advice on museum best practices to store your collection, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
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