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Storing silicone molds

From: Evangelia Kyriazi <kyriazievangelia<-at->
Date: Monday, September 30, 2013
Marcia Bassett <marcia.bassett<-a t->gmail< . >com> writes

>Can anyone recommend the best storage container for silicone molds?
>These are art objects that were used as part of participatory piece.

To prevent silicon molds from losing their shape (they tend to warp
and shrink), make a cast from plaster, let the mold on the plaster
and store them together in a cool, dry environment, in acid-free
boxes. The plaster does not degrade and it will help the silicon
keep its shape.

Store them at a temperature of 5-25 deg. C and RH below 75%. Avoid
strong and direct sunlight and artificial light. Avoid circulating
air by wrapping with acid free materials. Avoid contact with
liquids, oils, solvents. Avoid contact with metals. Avoid contact
with PVC.

You can use acid free tissue paper for wrapping, and store in an
acid free paper or polythene box.

You may also like to check

    <URL:http://preparation.paleo.amnh.org/assets/SiliconeMoldLife.pdf>

Evangelia Kyriazi, MSc
Conservator of Antiquities and Works of Art
Adjunct conservation lecturer of the Technological Educational
    Institute of the Ionian Islands
Department of Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage


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