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Any way to fix dents in paper of an etching?

Posted by flyleft (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 6, 09 at 1:34

I found a *most gorgeous* *large* (the image is 24.5x31) hand-colored etching at Goodwill today, by Dan Mitra. WOW. I can't find a pic of it online but it's called "Mallards" and the detail is astounding. I've found some online that are similar - e.g. there's one called "wood ducks" on eBay right now, I think. The birds are even in the same position relative to each other, just on a horizontal orientation rather than vertical. It really should be seen to be appreciated, though -- the eBay pics don't do justice to it in any way.

The only problem is that there are a few dents -- thankfully not on the image, but outside, beyond even where the signature is. Where it would show unless it's matted. No breakage of the paper, but you can see a couple of places where the dear Goodwill folks manhandled it as they wrapped it up with a print to make it a good deal LOLOL...

How do I fix those dents? Is there any way? Re-wet the paper? I really want to know if there's any way to do it. I won't do anything until I'm positive it will work, so don't worry.

Thanks for any leads! I can find information on repairing oil paintings and adding paper to rips to fix them, but not on repairing dents.

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RE: Any way to fix dents in paper of an etching?

It's very common and desirable to mat a print up to the mat line....well actually about 1/2 an inch from that line.
Rather than take a chance of nessing up the water coloring...I would mat the print.
But I might gently try a steam iron on the wrong side....I might!
I think I need to go to your thrift stores!!
Linda C

RE: Any way to fix dents in paper of an etching?

Ah, what a good idea -- a steam iron. There are a couple of dents far out toward the edge that I might try that on first. Nowhere near the image.

I am always amazed at what I find at my local Goodwills, linda. I'm getting pickier, though. Running out of space!

RE: Any way to fix dents in paper of an etching?

I meant mat it to the plate line....not the mat line....

RE: Any way to fix dents in paper of an etching?

I figured, linda, don't worry :) thanks again.

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