Handle pieces as per individual packing instructions or avoiding pressure on or near any delicate protrusions, picking up by the main body of the piece, steadying and supporting weight underneath if possible.
Pieces with an acid-etched finish are best cleaned by spraying with cool to luke-warm water. If dusty or grimy spray with a cleaner first then rinse off with clean water.
Avoid the temptation of using tools (especially metal) to get into tricky places - normal water/hose pressure is much safer. Blow-dry with hairdryer on low or leave to air-dry.
Avoid extreme temperatures, fast changes of temperature or uneven temperatures within the body of the glass (Thermal shock). Any hand-polished parts can be buffed up with a soft cotton or linen (lint-free) cloth. More transparency or a higher gloss can be obtained with bees-wax based polishes, although this has not been used by artist.
Gaffer Cast Glass is 45% lead Crystal which is a very heavy, soft glass that will scratch easily. Take care if wearing rings and jewelery when shifting. Do not move along on a surface - lift it clear following the individual
‘handling’ instructions on how each piece can be held and replace it in the new position. Secure tall pieces to plinth or flat surface with museum gel.
While most glass responds well to artificial lighting, the artist recommends experimenting with and experiencing the capacity natural light offers in bringing constant change to the visual appearance and mood of the glass.