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Subject: Coloured cotton swabs for cleaning tests

Coloured cotton swabs for cleaning tests

From: Tom James Braun <tom.braun<-a>
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Judith Lee <judith.lee<-a t->tate< . >org< . >uk> writes

>I am carrying out a collaborative PhD at the Courtauld Institute of
>Art and Tate Britain looking at water-sensitivity in twentieth
>century oil paint.  I am completing a series of solvent sensitivity
>tests on a collection of naturally aged oil paint samples, using
>water, Shellsol D40, stoddards and IMS.  I have been using
>manufactured white cotton swabs for testing coloured paint samples,
>however for the white paint samples it becomes difficult to see when
>paint is removed.  Does anyone know if it is possible to buy
>coloured cotton swabs, which are resistant to solvents?

Qosina sells black cotton swabs that would appear to be permanently


They sell many different types, styles, and sizes of swabs.
Personally one of my favorites are the very small and pointed swabs


Good luck,

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:4
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Received on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

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