BEVA 371 AND ITS USE AS AN ADHESIVE FOR SKIN AND LEATHER REPAIRS: BACKGROUND AND A REVIEW OF TREATMENTS
LISA KRONTHAL, JUDITH LEVINSON, CAROLE DIGNARD, ESTHER CHAO, & JANE DOWN
ABSTRACT—Since its introduction in the 1970s, the use of BEVA 371 (solution and film) has expanded from the field of paintings conservation into textiles and objects conservation. During the development of BEVA 371 solution, initial testing was conducted to determine its strength, compatibility, effectiveness, reversibility, and aging qualities in accordance with its intended use in paintings conservation. Its use beyond the treatment of paintings is widespread; however, no comprehensive testing has been accomplished for these specific uses. This article presents a summary of published analyses and testing of BEVA 371 and a review of skin and leather treatments using BEVA 371 solution and film, focusing on the versatility of the adhesive and the variables that affect bond strength. Also presented is a historic overview of the uses of BEVA 371 solution and film on skin and leather. The condition of a group of skin objects that were treated with these BEVA products at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) from the mid-1980s through the 1990s was assessed.
2. REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENT AND ANALYSES OF BEVA 371
3. REVIEW OF BEVA 371 APPLICATIONS ON SKIN AND LEATHER
4. ASSESSMENTS OF PAST AMNH TREATMENTS OF SKIN
5. FUTURE ANALYSES
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