JAIC 2005, Volume 44, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 27 to 38)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 2005, Volume 44, Number 1, Article 3 (pp. 27 to 38)

THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT EXPOSURE AND HEAT-AGING ON SELECTED QUILTING PRODUCTS CONTAINING ADHESIVES

Janet Evenson, & Patricia Cox Crews


ABSTRACT—No published data concerning the long-term performance of adhesive-containing commercial products manufactured specifically for the quilt market are available to quiltmakers. Consequently, they cannot make informed choices. The purpose of this study was to carry out accelerated light-and heat-aging tests on selected quilt-basting sprays, fusible webs, and fusible battings to determine whether these products contribute to quilt discoloration or degradation over time. Selected products were exposed to 40 and 80 AATCC fading units of light exposure or 6 and 36 hours of heat-aging. Following light exposure or heat-aging, changes in color, strength, and stiffness were measured. Results of this research show that fusible battings are an acceptable commercial product for quilts intended as heirlooms or for museum collections. On the other hand, all quilt-basting sprays except one were associated with significant yellowing or strength losses following both shorter and longer periods of heat-aging and light exposure. Selected fusible webs are acceptable for quilts intended to last a lifetime (less than 100 years) but are not recommended for quilts intended as heirlooms or art quilts offered for sale to collectors or museums.
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Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. MATERIALS AND EXPERIMENTAL METHODS
3. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
4. CONCLUSIONS
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