Metal conservation involves specialty treatments that preserve art, artifacts, and architectural elements with metallic properties. Over time, metals deteriorate due to corrosion. Corrosion is caused when metal reacts with other substances, such as oxygen, hydrogen, electric current, or bacteria. Speed and degree of deterioration depend on relative humidity, air pollution, and especially for archeological objects, exposure to gasses in soil or water, pressure, salt levels, currents, and the role of both microscopic and macroscopic living organisms.
Our metal conservators analyze the underlying factors for deterioration. Mitigating treatments are guided by metalwork techniques and rigorous conservation processes.