Hummel Figurines Are Not Completely Problem Free!
There's more to taking care of your Hummel figurines than you think! The value of Hummel figurines never goes down, only up! So it is important to know how to preserve your keepsake. Read on to learn some interesting facts about preserving the value of Hummels...
M. I. Hummels are made of earthenware, a type of ceramic. Any part of the figurine not protected by a glaze is able to absorb moisture.
These Hummels are also created with an air hole. These holes are usually in a spot where you wouldn't notice. The reason for the hole is so gasses can escape during the firing process. If this hole was not there, the Hummel could be ruined.
The insides of the figurines are not glazed. If you put a figurine in water to clean it without covering the air hole, water can get inside. Once this happens, you will have moisture in the inside, which can gradually discolor the figurine. This discoloration process starts from the inside out and eventually the colors will start fading on the outside. So many people wonder why their Hummel's colors fade even though they keep it out of direct sunlight. Little do they know it was because of the way they were cleaning it.
If you cover the air hole, cleaning with water should not hurt it. I would still be careful about leaving it in water too long though. Just be sure to use a mild soap or shampoo or just wiping with a soft cloth will do it.
Heads up! A Hummel figurine can be as slippery as ice when coated with soap and water. Clean over a surface that would protect the Hummel just incase it should slip out of your hands.
is that silvery sheen on my Hummel?
Hummel looks like it has spider webs growing on it!
do I keep my Hummel from discoloring?
do I store my Hummels?
The best way to store your Hummel is to keep the box and the padding to protect it. Always store this way if you can. If you don't have the box anymore here's what you can do:
Wrap the figurine well in something like colorless foam or bubble wrap. Try to put it in it's own box if possible for the best protection. As I mentioned earlier, make sure that the Hummel will not be stored in an area where there are extreme temperature changes (crazing) or excessive humidity (discoloration).
Moreover, make sure when you are purchasing a Hummel from a retailer that it is coming from a secured cabinet. Retailers that care about their Hummels will keep them stored this way so as to prevent damage from customers constantly picking them up. How would you know if the Hummel you are buying does not already have moisture build up or damage on the inside? You probably wouldn't. But making sure it is coming from a reputable retailer that takes care in displaying his merchandise will give you peace of mind. After all, Hummels don't come cheap.
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