JAIC 1977, Volume 17, Number 1, Article 5 (pp. 37 to 44)
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JAIC 1977, Volume 17, Number 1, Article 5 (pp. 37 to 44)

THE USE OF SPRAYED POLYVINYL ACETATE RESIN MIXTURES IN THE MOUNTING OF TEXTILES

Paul Himmelstein, & Barbara Appelbaum


ABSTRACT—A new method of treating various textiles, for which sewing is unsuitable, is described. Using a mixture of polyvinyl acetate resins AYAA and AYAC as a heat-seal adhesive, the textile is mounted onto a supporting fabric. The preparation of the adhesive-coated support is carried out using a spray gun. The treatment of a badly deteriorated 19th century silk American flag is described in detail. Steps include flattening, heat-sealing to a support, and final mounting inside a protective enclosure. Two variations in the use of polyvinyl acetate resins as a heat-seal adhesive are given. These involve the mounting of a painted Chinese silk and a printed silk square by Matisse. The physical flexibility achieved by spray application, the excellent aging and handling qualities of the resins used, and the safety provided by the final mounting package are discussed.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. PROCEDURE
3. ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES
4. DISCUSSION
a: References
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Copyright 1977 American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works