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Adhesive for leather

From: Valerie Tomlinson <valerie_tomlinson<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Camille Breeze <museumtextiles [at] gmail__com> writes

>We are conserving an archaeological shoe from the 1770s that is made
>of leather. All of the stitching has deteriorated leaving behind six
>individual pieces of leather. Treatment of the leather was very
>successful and it is now clean and pliable.
>...
>Can anyone recommend another leather adhesive to use?

What adhesive to use would depend on what prior treatment the
leather received to make it pliable. PEG treatment makes it very
difficult for any adhesive to work well. If PEG was used, the best
thing would be to surface clean the area of any PEG residues really
well before trying to adhere things. Otherwise, the PVA emulsions
(white glue) usually works well with leather. B72 can work
adequately at times too, depending on the circumstances.

Valerie Tomlinson
Conservator seeking employment


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