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Product Care Guide

Our product care guide is here to help you maintain your products because we want your products to make you smile for a very long time. It is important to understand that Australia has unique conditions and as a result, our care guidelines differ to world-wide standards. For example, we experience much higher UV radiation than the US and Europe. Rather than simply offering advice, I have taken the time to include explanations. I believe that you will be better able to care for your products by understanding why and how certain elements effect your products.

1. Product Materials & Quality

Every product on our website has a material attribute assigned in the product description. 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. You can read more about product material here

Not all fairy garden ornaments are equal. Fairy Gardening Australia is committed to stocking high quality products. All garden ornaments will benefit from these care instructions, even those not purchased from us. However, give product quality some consideration. Low quality products will have a shorter lifespan. Click here to learn more about fairy garden ornament quality.

2. 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.  It is important to remember that UV radiation exists year round, not only during the summer months.

Our resin and polystone products are 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 effect 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 may result in cracking and brittleness. Low quality resin found in cheap fairy garden ornaments is especially susceptible to this.

You can minimise the effects by taking a mindful approach to product positioning. While it may be tempting to position ornaments in highly exposed areas, the decision should be made with the knowledge that you are shortening the lifespan of your products.

My Recommendation: Position your fairy garden in areas with filtered sunlight or afternoon shade. Well chosen locations include the eastern side of your house, under a tree, under the pergola, etc.

“But wait – what about solar fairy houses?”

That is an excellent question. I have covered this seperately. Click here to read more.

3. Weather Conditions

Bring your ornaments indoors during extreme weather events. They won’t withstand hail, torrential rain and high wind.

My Recommendation: Be aware of the forecast and plan ahead. Keep a basket big enough to hold all your ornaments nearby. Just grab and go when needed.

4. Protective Spray

I strongly recommend using a good quality polyurethane spray to coat your products every 6-12 months. A polyurethane spray will provide an extra level of protection by increasing surface hardness, resisting algal and fungal growth and increasing exterior durability. I’ve tested many brands and found high quality sealers provide the best protection. 

My Recommendation: Avoid cheap, inferior sprays which may yellow or flake and ensure that the product you choose is UV stabilized. Use gloves during application and ensure products are free of debris. My fave brand is Bondall Pot & Ornament Sealer. 

5. General Cleaning, Handling & Children

Dust and other particles will naturally build up on the surface of your products over time. It is important for you to remove this regularly to maintain the overall appearance. Use a soft dry cloth for removal. Use a damp cloth and apply light pressure for removal of heavy soiling. You should use two hands when moving ornaments. They won’t withstand rough handling. Fairy garden products are ornaments and you will NEVER hear me refer to them as toys. I strongly encourage you to supervise children when they are handling the products.

Metal products WILL rust over time. I really love the look of this and find it results in a “shabby chic” appearance. However, you may wish to remove rust and can do so gently with a nail file.

6. Breakage & Long Term Maintenance

I am really passionate about product quality for two reasons

  1. These items are more than pieces of resin. They are used to create your magical space, build your story and take your heart and imagination on wondrous  adventures. That makes them precious.
  2. I do not want them to end up as landfill. With care and maintenance, the fairies will enjoy the same home across generations.

If your ornament is cracked or damaged during use, consider repair before simply throwing it away. Loctite is my choice for resin/polystone products.  It’s super strong and easily found in hardware stores.  A drop of Loctite using a fine applicator, a toothpick, tweezers and a steady hand which fix many small breakages. Larger breakages will need their pieces supported as they dry.

My Recommendation: 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.

Tip for aged products: Consider giving your ornaments a fresh coat of paint every few years!

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We love to see your photos and hear your stories. On this page, you can

  • Learn how to upload photos to our fairy garden community gallery
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  1. Select “View & Upload To Gallery” from the main menu
  2. Click “Create A Gallery”
  3. Select upload type (Photo or Video)
  4. Use the “Title” field to name your fairy garden
  5. Use the description field to tell us about your garden
  6. Select the appropriate category
  7. Click the “Create” button
  8. Select a file from your computer (or drag and drop)
  9. Ignore the “Add a link” field
  10. Congratulations! You have created your gallery.

Photo submissions must be HD quality (min. 1080p). Smart phone images are ok.

Photo’s need to be clear and MUST feature your fairy garden. We are unable to accept blurred/low quality images and they will be removed.

You must be logged in to your account to upload, edit or delete images. Your first name will be used to credit you as the author where Fairy Gardening Australia uses your image outside the gallery, examples include inclusion in our national newsletter or sharing to our social platforms.

Use the title field to name your garden. Use the description field to tell us about your garden. Why, when, what, how – your story is important to us!

Images with added text, borders or image layers (e.g. emoji’s) will not be accepted and will be removed. Please add comments, quotes etc. in the provided fields only. Subtle filters are acceptable. Read more about this in the photography tips tab. 

Gallery image submissions will be displayed in the public community photo gallery hosted by Fairy Gardening Australia. By submitting your image, you are authorizing Fairy Gardening Australia to use your fairy garden photo on our website, newsletter and social media platforms. Where possible, credit is given to the image author. 

Fairy Gardening Australia will NEVER provide your images to third parties without your express permission, however, once your image is published, we are unable to control image lifting and sharing. Further, we accept no responsibility for images appearing on unauthorized third party websites and platforms.

Fairy Gardening Australia reviews all submissions to the gallery. Images that do not meet the minimum image requirements will be removed. Upon submission, our system automatically generates a watermark on images which will appear in the top left corner. The purpose of the watermark is to identify the original source of upload.

From time to time, we receieve image requests from media outlets (TV, newspaper, magazine, blogs) to accompany our editorial contributions. If we feel that your photo would be suitable for a project or campaign, we will contact you and request written permission to use your image. This is entirely optional.

Your photo will appear in our gallery for an undetermined period of time. We may remove your image without notice or our system may auto remove your image if our gallery is reaching the maximum limit to free up space for new submissions. Once it is removed, it will be stored in our database for a period not exceeding 7 years.

You may remove your image at any time. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Our team will not provide an explanation and no correspondence will be entered into where a decision is made to reject or remove an image submission. Reasons may include but are not limited to submissions that are inappropriate, poor quality, off topic or any other reason that may make a photo unsuitable for addition to the gallery. 

We require you to have gained permission from all individuals included in your image prior to submission. (Guardian permission for persons under 18 years old). We assume that you have those permissions at the time of upload. If your personal image appears in our gallery and you did not provide authorization, please contact us immediately. Additionally, please ensure the fairy garden appearing in your image is actually yours. Image theft is the leading cause of bad juju.

We optimise space in our gallery and a maximum 20MB restriction applies to each member account. If you are close to exceeding your limit, please contact us. We will transfer your image to an archive gallery. 

We love to see the beautiful smiles of our fairy gardeners! However, if you do not want your/your childrens photo to appear within our gallery or our associated social platforms, please do not upload them here. Once images are published, we have no control over image lifting and sharing. Please refer to our Image Use Policy.

A field is provided for you to write a short narrative which will accompany your image. The content will appear in the lightbox which opens when the gallery image is clicked. Please do not include personal or contact details in this field. The contents of this field should be limited to HOW, WHEN, WHAT, WHY. Members of this website can comment on your photo. Please check back regularly and respond to comments. 

Social share icons appear in the lightbox of your image. We encourage you to use these links to share your images with friends and family across your platforms.

By keeping the tips , requirements and policy in mind, you are assisting us to maintain high quality content in our gallery. (Thanks in advance!)

upload photos to our gallery, photography tips

Landscape orientation tends to showcase gardens more favourably. We will accept portrait orientated images, however thumbnail images that appear via widgets across our website may incorrectly display your image.

Your fairy garden (or favourite part of it) should be centred in the image.

Best angle: We recommend you try 2 angles – level and 45° to find which works best for your garden.

Upload photos that feature your entire garden or your just your favourite part. Adjust your distance from the subject to find the best view. It is always better to move than to zoom.

If surrounding items do not add to the aesthetic of your garden, remove them or try adjusting your angle. Alternatively, crop them from the image prior to upload.

Refrain from adding borders, emoji’s, image and text layers or collages. They distract the eye of the viewer and do not enhance your image. You are welcome to use a filter to enhance tone or clarity, but it is best to keep this minimal. Image colour quality can be effected by a number of factors and a colour enhancement filter can correct this. Fairy Gardening Australia will not adjust, add filters to or crop gallery images. We will automatically apply a watermark to the top left corner of your image for the purpose listed in our Image Use Policy.

 

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