The primary goal of conservation professionals, stained glass restorers, conservators and consultants is the preservation of cultural property. This property may be important and deserving of preservation for its artistic, historic, religious or social significance. This property is invaluable and must be preserved for the appreciation and investigation of future generations. It is not enough for conservators to properly handle a given object or objects; they must also be committed to the dissemination of new information, the support of fellow professionals and the promotion of educational opportunities within the field.
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Virtually all professional disciplines, construction trades and major industries have standards and practices that are universal for their respective groups. The development of these criteria determines the measure of value and quality that the consumer can reasonably expect when purchasing goods or services that the industry or profession has to offer. Further, the standards and practices protect the members of the industry as well, by establishing a standard so that the practitioners can address the needs of the owners and the cultural property in a consistent, professional manner. It is imperative that all members of the industry exhibit the courage and integrity to adhere to the standards and practices once they are established and to demand that fellow craftspersons do the same.
The Stained Glass Association of America, in its role as the voice of the stained glass profession in America, sets forth herein the Preservation Standards, Standards for Professional Conduct, and Guidelines for Preservation Techniques to assist responsible conservators of stained glass windows that constitute a major and important facet of our cultural property.
Introduction Purpose Conventions
Standards for Professional Conduct Contracts Conflicts of Interest Legal Disputes Laws and Regulations Misconduct References Administration Security Authentication Preventive Maintenance Techniques and Materials
Guidelines for Preservation Techniques Documentation Dismantling Cleaning Broken Glass Copperfoil Repair Silicone Edge-gluing Epoxy Edge-gluing Missing glass Releading Waterproofing (Cementing) Support Systems Reinstallation Final Documentation Protective Glazing
Additional Information Glass Setting Materials Conservation Tape Photographic Film Paper Cleaning Agents Silicone Epoxy Lead Cames Flux Solder Waterproofing Compound Copper Tie Wires Support Bars, Tees and Fins Suggested Standard Notation Symbols
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