Volume 7, Number 3, Sept. 1985, pp.14-15
If you haven't already discovered these two new tools on your own or through a friend, you'll get a big kick out of adapting these to conservation uses:
Lisbet Thorsen is presently evaluating the performance of electronic hygrometric instruments for monitoring relative humidity in the museum environment. She will be presenting a paper entitled "The Design of an Airtight Microclimate" at the upcoming WAAC Meeting. Lisbet may be contacted at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Antiquities Conservation Department.
Glenn Wharton is currently investigating polishes, lacquers and corrosion inhibitors for silver and gilt silver decorative art objects. The project will involve an examination of abrasives; the application of chemical cleaning formulas; various methods of applying lacquers; and the use of tarnish inhibitors in storage. All information on proprietary products, secret formulas, and old family recipes currently in use by WAAC members would be appreciated. Glenn can be reached at the LACMA Objects Conservation Department.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Paintings Conservation Department recently purchased a Bill Maxwell suction hot table and will be installing it at their new facility in the Ranch House.
Color measurement and color matching can be achieved through the use of a spectrophotometer and a colorimeter. The system functions for the Spectrophotometer include standard and sample storage, six illuminants, averaging and standard deviations, spectral plot and data, measurement of transmitted and reflected light, indices for chromaticity and whiteness, total color difference, yellowness opacity, and yellowness translucence. The system is composed of an IBM microprocessor and a sensor. For further information call:Neil Mahony
Toshiko Kenjo of the Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, has developed a humidity buffering paper which incorporates Nikka pellets. This paper is now available from:Mishima Seishi Co.
The CCI has announced the availability of blueprints and a construction manual for CCI's newly developed Relative Humidity Control Module for Display Cases. These may be obtained both in French and in English at a cost of $15 (Can.) Contact:Canadian Conservation Institute Training and Information Division
During the research and development phase the CCI followed these guidelines:
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