Painted turtle shell with darkened varnish and grime and loss to the paint surface The objects conservator and painting conservator already involved in the project performed the tasks of humidifying and consolidating the paint layer and cleaning the surface. My part was to fill all losses and inpaint to match the surrounding surface area. Painted turtle shell after conservation treatment Improper storage (not with us!) caused the paint layer to buckle, lifting and cracking over most of the surface. We had to start all over. The objects conservator put a facing over the surface to keep the loose paint intact for the trip back to the studio. My job was to remove the facing and put it all back together. Painted turtle shell after second conservation Pier mirror base designed and built by Jim Horne, furniture builder and restorer Pier mirror base with gesso Pier mirror base with bole Pier mirror base with final gilded surface Conservation of interdisciplinary and collaborative projects Comments are closed.