Care Instructions/Product Disclosure
While all Pia Designs' pieces of wearable art are durable, they still need to be taken care of.
Please store your pieces out of direct sunlight and in a face up position. Storing them on the face of the earring may cause the shiny resin to dull over time.
Clean your items with a damp cloth and the earring poles/hoops with ear care solution regularly.
While Pia Designs pieces of jewellery are water resistant, it is not recommended you swim/bathe in them.
Please keep out of reach of small children as some parts may be considered a choking hazard.
All Pia Designs earring use 304 Stainless Steel earring poles, hoops, earring tops and jump rings, which are perfect for sensitive skin as it contains slightly less nickel than 316 Surgical Steel.
To wear, insert the earring pole or hoop through the front of a pierced ear lobe. Attach the earring back by inserting the back onto the earring pole at the back of the ear lobe. For hoops, insert the hoop end into the round part of the hoop.
Protecting and Cleaning Wall Art
- Try not to touch the artwork. This may be difficult given the location of the artwork, the size, the tactile nature of the artwork and small hands that will be in the vicinity. It would be advisable to add a sign that asks the public not to touch.
- Do not lean anything against the surface of a canvas. Do not apply any kind of pressure (even finger pressure) to the back of a canvas -- cracks in the paint may develop over time if this is done constantly.
- Dust the artwork with a clean, dry, soft rag occasionally to prevent dust build up. Don't use cleaning products or water. Never use stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters to clean a painting as threads can catch on areas of raised paint and dusters can scratch the painting.
- Avoid spraying any fresheners, polish etc. directly onto a painting.
- Try to avoid subjecting the artwork to excessive dryness, humidity, heat or cold. All of these conditions can affect the state of the artwork in a negative way (canvas puckering, paint cracking, etc.).
- Canvases needs to breathe. Even though it may be tempting to have glass fitted in a few years, if it is framed under glass you may trap moisture inside the frame. Canvases experience small, subtle shifts over time due to mild atmospheric changes, so it is best to leave them without glass to allow them to flow with these slight changes.
- If framing a paper artwork, ensure there is space between the glazing and the artwork, by using matting.
- Inspect the condition of the artworks periodically to ensure it is kept in the best condition possible.
- The artwork should be kept out of direct sunlight. The location of this artwork should be ok as the light will be diffused and is not in direct line of the sun. The artwork does have a protective layer of matt sealer, but it is still possible for it to crack or fade if subjected to bright sunlight for long periods of time.
- Do not attempt to clean the surface by using solvents or cleaning products of any kind. Cleaning liquids may actually embed the dirt into the painting and cause permanent liquid lines over the surface. It is discouraged to use any liquid, to clean the surface of the acrylic painting. The simplest way to clean an acrylic painting on canvas is to use a damp, white cotton cloth soaked in a gentle soapy water. Be gentle though, as you don’t want to break hardened paint. Ensure there are no water drips on the painting.
- If storing the artwork, do not to lean other artworks against it. Separate them with pieces of cardboard to avoid damage.
- Do not cover artworks with plastic for long periods of time. If there is humidity in the air, they may start to grow mold. Cotton sheets are best for keeping dust away.
- Over time, canvases can become loosened on the stretcher bars. To retighten the canvas, a simple method is to is to gently spray water on the back of the canvas, ensuring it gets into the fibres of the canvas and leave the piece to dry for a couple of hours. Canvases are made of fabric, and with time the weave can become loose.
- Clean the frame in the same manner as the artwork itself – with a damp white cotton cloth.
If you have any issues at all with your Pia Designs pieces, please contact us immediately.