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Re: [BKARTS] Preserving newspaper


1 quart club soda, chilled
2 teaspoons liquid Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, unflavored (or 1 1/2
ounces powdered Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, unflavored; do not use milk
of magnesia tablets because they contain an additional chemical)
Newspaper pages
Several sheets of white, nonfusible fabric interfacing, 23 by 36 inches
Several sheets of white, acid-free blotting paper

Heavy weights such as bricks or books

Pour the milk of magnesia into the original bottle of cold club soda.
Put the cap back on the bottle, and shake bottle gently to disperse the
liquid, or powder, evenly.
Refrigerate the bottle. At 10 minutes, remove the bottle and shake
gently. Repeat after 20 and 30 minutes.
Return the bottle to refrigerator, and let it sit for 30 minutes longer,
or until any undissolved powder settles to the bottom of the bottle.
Pour the solution into the  pan. If there are any powdered dregs in the
bottle, do not pour them out.
Place each newspaper page to be treated on the center of the fabric
interfacing, then lower the interfacing into the pan's solution. Make
sure the page is thoroughly soaked, with all corners submerged. Do not
submerge stacked pages.
Soak pages at least 20 minutes, but no longer than 2 hours. Solution
will turn dirty yellow when no longer effective.
Remove pages from the pan, and allow the excess solution to drain before
separating the page from the interfacing. Discard the remaining
solution, which is not corrosive, down a conventional drain.
Air-dry the newspaper between sheets of blotting paper. Change the
blotting paper often to accelerate drying time.
When the pages are almost dry, place a dry sheet of blotting paper over
them. Then place heavy books on the blotting paper, so the newspaper
will dry flat. Position the books so they cover all of the newspaper,
with no gaps.
The same process can be used to deacidify other important papers, such
as a marriage license. But if a document has any handwritten marks on
it, do a small "bleed" test first.Wet a Q-tip in distilled or purified
water, then roll it along an unobtrusive spot of the inked section. If
any color tone appears on the Q-tip, the document is not a candidate for

Christine wrote:

 There is a way using a solution of milk of magnesia and water - I
believe you have to immerse the paper though. It may be possible to use
an atomizer. I'll look for the recipe under crafts for you.


Alice,  I have some drawings from the 1960's on newspaper (as a result of a
challenge from a drawing instructor) that I sprayed with  fixative and
framed.  They are only a bit yellowed, but still intact. It was fun to drive
my convertible around Washington, D. C., stop in a no-parking zone and do
quick sketches of historic buildings with various widths of felt tip pens on
quarter pages of the Wall Street Journal propped on the steering wheel.
  How well today's newsprint would hold up if it did not have the
protective glass I can't say.  Good luck!  Marjorie

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