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Subject: Woven papyrus sandals

Woven papyrus sandals

From: Lisa Mibach <mibach>
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2000
Teresa K. Moreno <t.k.moreno [at] durham__ac__uk> writes

>I am looking for suggestions on how to go about cleaning and
>consolidating woven papyrus sandals....
>The sandals are eventually going to go on display, and because of
>this they will need to be consolidated.  I am planning on running
>tests with various consolidants including cellulose ether, Mowilith
>DMC2 (PVA emulsion), PEG 1000, and PEG 1500.  Are there any
>suggestions regarding these or other consolidants?

I would second Jeff Illingworth's suggestions, with the addition of
the following:

Sara Wolf Green published the adaptation of a vacuum cleaner to make
a microvacuum for feathers; this might be useful in conjunction with
a binocular microscope and the manual removal of nasty bits.

I would also urge against the use of consolidants unless dating has
already been carried out, *and* you can be assured that the
information and the artifact will never be separated. I would
suggest putting the same time into the development of a very clever
unobtrusive support mount, and internal case passive humidity
buffering and stable materials instead.

Lisa Mibach
Heritage Resource Management
1-29 Cambridge St. North
Ottawa, ON K1R 7A4 CANADA

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:13
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Received on Saturday, 12 August, 2000

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