Repairs & Restorations

We offer unrivalled knowledge and expertise in the repair and restoration of Blue-John objects and artefacts.  From re-polishing objects to making replacement components for large damaged items, there is little beyond our capabilities. From executing  “fully reversible“ conservation grade repairs for museums and conservators on objects of national importance, to performing “Invisible permanent” repairs to small bowls and jewellery, we have done it all over the last 20 years. Our passion, skill and experience backed up by hard earned knowledge passed by down by generations master craftsmen.

We pride ourselves in the use of traditional methods, techniques and materials that have been used for at least two hundred years.

The strength and durability of these materials has been proven, thousands of times over, during the last two and a half centuries and so we continue to use them.

We construct new objects with the intention that they will endure for hundreds of years. The same ethos applies to our repair and restoration practices.

We have provided professional restoration services to some of the World’s most important institutions, including the Natural History Museum, London. The V&A museum, London, Birmingham Museum and Soho House, Western Park Museum, Sheffield to name a few. We have also provided our expert services to some of the worlds top art, antique dealers and auction houses. 

We also offer unique re-manufacturing service, whereby damaged/ broken/ incomplete objects can be re-made into other objects and re-purposed, giving them a new lease of life.

Please note , unfortunately cannot effectively repair Blue-John artefacts that have been made using the impregnation of modern epoxy type resins.  The resins will not withstand re heating and the cooling processes required for repairing and manufacturing, without loosing strength and clarity, eventually becoming highly discoloured or opaque.

We also cannot restore Blue-John objects that have become discoloured or opaque by the decay and breakdown of impregnated epoxy type resins.  Some of these resins have a maximum life expectancy of just 10-15 years.

This is why we choose to work with pine resin. It will remain stable and translucent for millions of years. In various forms, and mixed with other natural products, pine resin has held together, sealed, and protected many of our nationally important treasures and works of art for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years