Caring For Your Carving
If you're the proud owner of a Brian Mills Carving, it's important to understand the best method for maintaining its beauty for generations to come. Brian painted all his later carvings in spray applied acrylic paints and finished them off with a couple of coats of acrylic clear lacquer which are generally extremely durable and tough.
However, we recommend a light cleaning of your carving. Here are some helpful tips.
How to Clean Dust From Your Carving
The beauty of your Brian Mills carving makes it worthy of display. Over time, that carved work collects dust simply by being on display. As time goes on, the dust becomes harder to remove while rendering the carving less attractive. Dusting regularly is the key to keeping the carving looking its best.
Light As A Feather
For large accessible areas a feather duster brushed over the carved wood is gentle enough to cause no harm to the carving while removing dust over the entire surface. It's also a handy tool for a quick cleaning of carved wood during routine chores around the house, lightly skimming your carving on a regular basis to help keep it dust-free.
It's In The Details
For finely detailed areas of the carvings, a soft-bristled brush is the tool of choice, such as a makeup brush or a quality artist's paintbrush. Soft, natural bristle fibers provide flexibility and softness that won't harm the carvings while reaching into detailed crevices to remove dust.
Into The Groove
A damp cotton swab provides a means to clean dust out of those deep grooves in your carving, provided the swab itself fits into the carved area. Press the swab into the indentation, pushing downward as you pull the swab out to drag the dust along with it. A steady supply of swabs may be required to clean an entire piece if it's been a while --reusing the same swab may simply spread the dirt around or be ineffective.
When displaying your carving you will want to keep it looking at it's best so it's recommended to keep the carving away from a heat source (fireplace, radiator) or direct sunlight that may enter through a window or door.