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Today was strange

Today I cleaned an oil painting using a loaf of bread. Did not know you could do that-- but figured it would do no harm... Here i how you do it.

You get a loaf of cheap white bread-- the kind that goes all to nothing, the kind that little boys make bread balls out of and throw around the school lunch-room.

Take several pieces, pull the crusts off, squish the bread into a useful shape, and rub it gently over the painting. Dust and smoke, (My parents smoked for years, and even when they stopped, the painting hung over the fireplace,)  and years of neglect will come away. You will notice details you never saw before. If you are lucky, this will be an improvement.

I would post a picture, but right now my phone and my computer are not working together for some reason. (And that is where my photos are.

The other thing that happened was that I tried all day to contact my daughters doctor. I needed a scrip refilled. I was very frustrated that my calls were not being returned. (Very unlike the doctor who is usually so easy to reach.) Finally, tonight I reached the oncall neuro. He said that the doctor herself is in the ER-- he did not, of course, tell me what is wrong with her, but said that she "is much better now, than this morning."

I was so busy getting frustrated with my sensation of neglect, that I had not even thought of that sort of thing. I feel sheepish.

Comments

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phyncke
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Pretty cool.
_likimeya
Aug. 25th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
That's great! I have to keep that in mind. I actually own an oil painting. :D
vespican
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Bread also has automotive/mechanical uses. Works great for removing pilot bushings from crankshafts. Not nearly as messy as the usual grease routine.
Dave
amaraal
Aug. 25th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't feel sheepish. We are always too occupied with our own sorrows, trapped in our world, as small as it is. Doctors are not imagined to be as vulnerable as we are.

But thanks for the tip with the bread. Didn't know that :)
anteros_lmc
Aug. 25th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Heh, I didn't know you could use bread to clean oil paintings! I used to do some work as an archaeological conservator, but that never involved cleaning paintings. Usually it was corroded old bits of iron and bronze I had to deal with. I'm good with rust!

And yes, as amaraal said, don't feel sheepish about the doctor, you weren't to know.
eglantine_br
Aug. 25th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
It must have been so exciting getting the rust off, and seeing the thing as it was meant to be after years underground or whatever.

My painting did not reveal any surprises, it just got a little cleaner. But at least I did not mess it up like that Spanish Fresco-- have you seen that? Somebody turned a perfectly good Jesus into something that looks like a sad lemur in a raincoat!

Edited at 2012-08-26 01:11 am (UTC)
anteros_lmc
Aug. 26th, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
It must have been so exciting getting the rust off, and seeing the thing as it was meant to be after years underground or whatever.
Yeah, it could be a fascinating, though painstaking job. I really only did remedial conservation - stabilizing objects to prevent them from decaying further, rather than reconstruction them.

I did see the sad lemur restoration and I'm afraid I couldn't help laughing!
eglantine_br
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Behold, Lemur!
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