• Do not agitate any wool item
• Use luke-warm water with a little liquid wool wash in (or mild shampoo)
• Submerge your felted item and leave it to soak for a few minutes
• Gently swish your felted item through the water a few times
• Rinse thoroughly using same temperature water, and same method.
• Squeeze gently to remove excess water (squeeze like a sponge, don’t wring like a rag)
• Blot between 2 towels to remove even more water. Pull back in to shape and leave to dry naturally, flat if possible.
We do not recommend recycled fused glass products be placed in the microwave or dishwasher because as the air bubbles in these pieces warm it may expand and shatter the piece.
Care of Glass Products
Care of Recycled Fused Glass Products
Care of Blown Glass Products
They will not break in the dishwasher but over time they will start to etch and become cloudy, due to the chemicals in the soap and boiling water. There are specialty detergents available designed specifically so your glassware does not etch…. but hand-washing is best.
Care of Metal Craft Products
Care for Ironwork for Decorative non-food safe pieces
• Your Ironwork piece has been sealed with wax, and will last many years if kept dry. To clean just wipe with a soft cloth. To keep the finish in pristine condition you may occasionally apply a coat of wax. Some artists prefer Trewax but any wax is fine.
Care for Ironwork for Practical food safe pieces
• To maintain the finish, care for it as you would care for your cast iron fry pan. Wash and immediately dry. Occasionally wipe with canola oil. Do not leave in water or in rain.
All of our functional work made for food is microwave and dishwasher safe. Never subject pottery to sudden temperature changes. Thermal shock damages or destroys pottery.
Care of Pottery/Ceramics Products
• Always pre-warm vessels with hot tap-water before pouring boiling water inside. Always warm the oven and room temperature vessel in oven together. Never place cold vessels into a hot oven.
• Always insure the food or liquid completely covers the floor of the vessel and preferably fills it. (this promotes uniform heating and prevents cracking)
• Never dry-roast meats in a clay vessel. (Hot food in the centre of a vessel floor can cause uneven heating and promote breaking). Instead try adding a small amount of water or broth to cover the floor of the pot then add your roast and pop it into the oven.
• Never place a clay vessel on a hot element or over open flame. Most clay vessels are not formulated to withstand direct flame or heat.
• For easy clean up - fill with soapy water, let it soak, for a few moments and use a plastic scrubber for the worst bits.
• Never place large platters or trays made of clay into the oven. These large flat surfaces are difficult to heat evenly and cracking could result.
• Black marks left by tarnished cutlery can be removed from clay vessels and dishes with a good quality, non-abrasive metal cleaner.
Care of Raku Products
Because of the porous nature of Raku pottery, it is unsuitable for functional use. Do not use for food. Do not put in microwave or dishwasher. Clean only with a damp cloth.
Care of Wood Products
The best way to make sure functional wood pieces are clean is to wipe with a damp cloth, then apply a thin layer of oil, either walnut oil from a food store or olive oil or beeswax. Then wipe off all of the oil with a soft cloth. Traditions Handcraft Gallery carries Rod’s Maintenance Cream which is a mixture mineral oil and beeswax which can be used for your wood care needs.