Caring for your Fairy Garden Products
Our product care guide is here to help you maintain your products. Keeping your products in great condition is really easy and will ensure that they make you smile for a very long time. Your fairy garden products are precious – they are part of your enchanted landscape and magical journey! With care and maintenance, the fairies will enjoy the same home across generations.
Product Materials & Quality
All our products have an information section within each listing which identifies their material, dimensions and individual attributes. Most of our products are made of resin/polystone. Depending on design, the product may feature a metal stake for secure positioning in your garden. A small number of our product are made from metal or wood.
Fairy Gardening Australia is committed to stocking high quality products. Low quality, inferior products can be identified by comparing the complexity of design, styling and definition and materials.
Quality Comparison Example Fiddlehead Product v's Unbranded Product
Exposure to light & UV radiation
Discolouration (sun-fade) can occur from prolonged exposure to ultra violet radiation. This is especially relevant in Australia where we experience higher UV levels than the rest of the world. Remember that UV radiation exists year round, not only during the summer months.
Our resin and polystone products are hand painted. UV radiation has the energy to initiate chemical reactions in paint which effects pigment and adhesive mediums. The results of prolonged exposure may include chalking – where the adhesive deteriorates and washes away, leaving loose pigment on the surface. Light may also affect pigments. Pigment particles absorb light and convert it into heat which results in a chemical change which may cause colour to fade, darken or yellow.
Resin is especially vulnerable to UV and results of prolonged exposure can result in cracking and brittleness. Low quality resin found in cheap fairy garden ornaments is especially susceptible to this.
Protective sprays are available to purchase at hardware stores which can increase the durability of your products and lengthen their lifespan.
UV Resistant Acrylic Coatings – These type of products create a “filter”, blocking UV but still letting through light. This will prevent chalking. It will not prevent long term damage to pigments.
Polyurethane Coating – These type of products provide an extra level of protection by increasing surface hardness, resisting algal and fungal growth and increasing exterior durability.
I’ve found both Cabots Cabothane Clear and Bondalls Pot & Ornament Sealer perform well.
Your products will withstand ordinary weather and are frost resistant. However, they won’t withstand hail, torrential rain and high wind.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Dust and other particles will build up on the surface of your products over time. Metal products will rust over time, resulting in a “shabby chic” appearance.
Handling & Breakage
Fairy garden products are ornaments, not toys, and won’t withstand rough handling. Supervise and assist children when they handle your products.
Breaks are often seen as the end of a products usefulness. It is time for a change to this attitude. Beauty is found within broken things too! A break can often add to its character and charm. Please consider repair before replacement.
Learning Centre Resources
I’m Kim, creative director of Fairy Gardening Australia. I sailed away for a year and a day, tamed a jabberwock and lived in a shoe. I make fairy gardens too. Follow me!
Hi! I’m Kim, creative director of Fairy Gardening Australia. I sailed away for a year and a day, tamed a jabberwock and lived in a shoe. I make fairy gardens too. Follow me!