Dorothy Witmeyer of Calabasas doesn't know how to remove some globs of 20-year-old glue from a very fragile 130-year-old embroidered taffeta heirloom apron. Can you help untie the apron strings in the Witmeyer home, or will she always have to stay glued to the past?
Jean Cinader of Los Angeles would like a dishwashing gadget that consists of a brush with a soap container and is attached by hose to the kitchen sink. Can you keep Cinader from bursting her bubble, or are you just going to brush off her plea to come clean at the kitchen sink?
Mrs. T. A. Fendon of Upland needs some anti-skid latex backing for carpets that comes in gallon cans. Can you help without putting the skids under Fendon, or will she never be able to call anyone on the carpet without falling on her face?
For Barbara Hedden of Orange County, who wanted someone to repair antique jewelry, the following sources will be as good as gold. Right in Orange County is Joe Vanderlaan, 2523-A East Bluff Drive, Newport Beach, (714) 759-3110 or (714) 759-1588 (from Louellen Tomlinson). Others are some distance away. Deborah Durham praises Estate Jewelry, 605 S. Hill St., Los Angeles. Arleen F. Perelman highly recommends Valle-Velasco, Suite 401, 6355 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 704-7958. Lynn Geller and Michele Hart both like Regency Jewelry, 8129 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (213) 655-2573. Barbara Kelman says she is very impressed with the work of Francisco (Xavier) Reynoso, 6037 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, (818) 787-3108 (closed Mondays). And Fran Parker says Sharron Meyers in Hermosa Beach, (213) 374-9842, creates jewelry and might be helpful.
We also heard from the following firms, all of whom said they work with antique jewelry: Moboco Fine Jewellry, 200 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, (714) 644-8325; Godo Jewelers, 431 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (213) 432-4688, and Karat Carats, 7380 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 852-0642.