The exhibition, Tinytoreum, is coming soon. You can see a preview of some gorgeous miniature tea sets in the showcase next to the cafe on Level 3. Dee McKillop has been preparing the objects for display.
They were quite dirty so she washed them with a non ionic detergent in a bath of warm distilled water.
She used a sea sponge and a soft brush to remove the surface dirt. The paper labels remained adhered during the washing process & were quickly blot ted dry. One tea cup had been previously repaired with a water soluble adhesive and in the washing process, the glue was reversed and detached.
Dee repaired the handle with an adhesive called Paraloid B72 in acetone.
Some chipped areas on the items had absorbed quite a bit of ingrained dirt into the porous surface. Using a microscope in the fume hood, Dee removed the ingrained dirt with a solution of 50/50 solution of ammonia/ethanol, applying a satay stick & cotton wool swab.