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Subject: Pigma micron pens

Pigma micron pens

From: Jackie Hoffman-Chin <doublechin>
Date: Friday, February 10, 2006
Dee A. Stubbs-Lee <dee.stubbs-lee [at] nbm-mnb__ca> writes

>What is the current opinion among conservators on the list about the
>possibility of using the "Pigma Micron" pens (manufactured by
>Sakura) in place of India ink for artifact numbering?

I have had great success at not marking objects but gluing paper
object numbers into B-72 and covering same.  These paper labels are
easy to make, easy to use, and are applied in the same places on
objects as numbers generally would be applied.

    1.  Type the object number in 7 or 8 point type on high cotton
        content paper. I suggest a serif type such as Times New
        Roman which has easy to read numbers in small sizes.

    2.  Cut the paper down to a very small strip, and using flat
        tweezers drop the paper into the wet B-72.

    3.  Then cover with the second layer of B-72.

I strongly suggest you test with the sandwich of B-72 and the paper.
This is to see how the ink and paper your printer uses will be
affected by the B-72. I have been using only a laser printer because
of the ink, but other printers and ink may be as acceptable. If this
method works for you, it will make all your marking uniform, less
invasive, and no marker accidents on priceless objects. Hope this
works for you,

Jackie Chin,
Collections Manager consultant

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:38
                 Distributed: Monday, February 20, 2006
                       Message Id: cdl-19-38-005
Received on Friday, 10 February, 2006

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