Re: [Ancientartifacts] Scarab problem

Welcome back Jim. Yes, and to add onto what Jim said, when you take them out and wait for
them to dry, make sure they are really dry before putting them away.

Kim wrote:
> Hi all,
> Well, after rebuilding my system, I am back. What a pain it is.
> To comment on Teresa's scarabs, if it is stone or faience, a good bath
> in DW should not be a problem. For the one still on the encrusted ring,
> I agree that cares should be exercised but again, unless dirt is all
> that is holding it together, I cannot see the harm in a bath. But of
> course, they are not mine. :^)
> I have soaked ushabtis and scarabs in the past without any difficulties
> though.
> A;; the best,
> "Ancient" Jim
> Et Tu Antiquities
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Teresa Day-Smith <>
> To:
> Cc:
> Sent: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:33 pm
> Subject: [Ancientartifacts] Scarab problem
> All,
> I have two scarabs that need cleaning (badly).
> One is a carnelian scarab still on its bronze ring. It is really a nice
> piece but one can not see the true color of the carnelian. It has a
> whitish haze like hard water deposits but shinning. The carnelian scarab
> is frozen in place (will not move/spin) and I am fearful it would break
> from the ring if I did much to it.
> The other is a very unique scarab (actually a scaraboid) with glyphs
> that I am still researching to discover their meaning (none of my eight
> books on scarabs has anything like them). It has a white powdery
> substance on it like plaster. I removed some of this substance around
> the holes with a dental pick but I am afraid to proceed any further.
> This scarab I know for sure is NOT steatite and I think it is probably
> faience - it has that medium solid blue color.
> I remember a discussion in the group about putting faience shabties in
> distilled water but as I remember that was not to clean them but for
> salt problems?
> Does anybody have any ideas?
> Teresa Day-Smith
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