This week was interesting mostly because I got to see the real hectic work pace at the CCP. There were a lot of meetings and running around. I don’t think I really stayed in the lab for more than an hour at a time but it was fun.
Jae and I prepared hinges for a Polaroid show coming up. Hinges act as a temporary yet secure way to display an object. A slit will be cut in the mount board and the hinge’s nonstick side will slide through and be taped to the back. Normally these hinges are made of Japanese paper with dried Lascaux Acrylic adhesive.
How to make hinges
Step 1: Cut 6 12×3-in strips of plastic. Use one strip to make an adhesive template by cutting out a 10x 1 strip from the middle.
Step 2: Take one strip of plastic, the template, a paintbrush, and the Lascaux Acrylic adhesive. Line up your template and stir your adhesive.
Step 3: In the fume hood, place the template on top of the strip and paint a coat of adhesive on as evenly as possible in one direction. This create a neat block of adhesive.Step 4: Remove the template and grab a strip of Japanese paper. Carefully box it up and let the paper curl onto the adhesive. Press around the block of adhesive but not down. If you press down, it will dry and be sticky on both sides.
Collections Emergency Response Group (CERG) Meeting:
This meeting was a follow up for last week’s Mock Water Collection Emergency Response exercise. We discussed the pros and cons of protective layers, potential problem areas for the CCP, and suggested some other emergency exercises for future meetings. One of the suggestions was to take an archival box full of sample teaching materials and push it off a shelf to simulate something falling. Another was fire extinguisher training and other fire safety programs through the UA.
I attended a lecture for 55+ at Pima County Community College Green Valley. Jae was the presenter so it’s not as strange as it sounds. She split the lecture time into two presentations. The first was an introduction to art conservation and the second was about caring for family photos.
In terms of caring for family photos, things to look for include acid-free, archival, lignin-free, passes the Photographic activity test (PAT), and then plastics. Beware acid-free and archival! Acid-free is referring to the pH when it comes off of the assembly line but does not guarantee that as it ages. Archival can mean different things for different manufactures and industries.
This weekend is the UA library’s Community Digitization Day. Each person can bring up to 10 images and Jae will be presenting throughout the day. It’s also free and open to the public. Here’s the event link: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/events/community-digitization-day