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Subject: Replicas of clay objects

Replicas of clay objects

From: Linda S. Roundhill <artsconservation>
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Andrei Vainer <consob [at] imj__org__il> writes

>We use transparent PVA (alcohol-based) to protect objects before
>application of silicone.  It is easily removable, either as a "skin"
>that peels right off, or with water.  After application of the PVA,
>and before the silicone, we use Tuf-Lube Hi-Temp NOD mold release
>agent for plastic, manufactured by Specialty Products Company in the
>U.S.  This layer is absorbed by the silicone and doesn't leave any
>remnants on the objects.

Do you mean PVA as in polyvinyl acetate (not water-soluble) or PVOH
as in polyvinyl alcohol (sometimes referred-to as PVA)? Then of
course there is the PVA emulsion which is water-based, and only
water-soluble again for a very limited time.

I think it is the PVOH that tends to be used as a release
agent/barrier layer.  PVA in a solvent would soak into the pores of
the ceramics, I think, and be difficult to remove again, and the PVA
emulsion might not wash off at all.

Sorry to confuse things, but I think different suppliers around the
world seem to use different nomenclatures and that could cause

Linda S. Roundhill
Art and Antiquities Conservation, L.L.C.
18121 157th Ave NE
Woodinville WA 98072

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