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Van Giffen, A. Conservation of Islamic Jug. 2011

Van Giffen, A. Conservation of Islamic Jug. 2011

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Trinidad Pasíes Arqueología-Conservación on Jan 19, 2012
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Corning Museum of Glass 
Behind the Glass
“Conservation of an Islamic Jug”
August 2, 2011 byavangiffenAstrid van Giffen, assistant conservator
79.1.169 Before Treatment. The old repairs failed during routine handling. Note the sloppy anddiscolored glue along the joins and the darker blue fills.
Some of the old repairs on this jug recently came undone when it was picked up. The jug was restored before it came into the collection, so we don’t know what materialswere used or how old the repairs are. It was done in a time when people were lessconcerned with covering up original material. Many of the old fills overlapped the glassby as much as 5mm. Glue from the joins also overlapped the glass. Overlapping theglass makes it a lot easier to blend in fills and hide breaks, but most conservators thesedays would consider it unethical and unnecessary.
The jug after all the old repairs were removed.
The old repairs were completely dismantled in acetone and further cleaned under amicroscope with a scalpel and a soft brush dipped in acetone to remove all of the oldadhesive. There were a total of 44 fragments and 7 losses in the body and rim inaddition to tiny losses along break edges.
Joining fragments under the microscope helps to make sure all joins are properly aligned.
After dismantling the jug, it had to be put back together. This was done with Paraloid B-72, an acrylic glue which is very stable and adheres well to glass. The microscope wasused to make sure every fragment was aligned properly. Using a microscope isespecially important with an object that has as many fragments as this jug did becauseevery tiny misalignment adds up, and can cause the last fragments to not fit properly.The fragments have to be joined in a certain order to make sure no fragments get“locked out.”
Fills for the missing areas were made using one of our most commonly used techniques.Plaster intermediary fills were made, molded in silicone, and used to cast coloredepoxy fills. The epoxy fills were then glued in the object with the rest of the fragments.
Losses back with dental wax in preparation for making the plaster fills.
In this case the plaster fills were made with a backing of dental wax which had anadhesive on one side. The wax was warmed slightly and then pressed against anexisting part of the jug with a similar curvature. After it had cooled the adhesive wasexposed and the wax was stuck to the glass.
Making the intermediary plaster fill.
To protect the glass from the adhesive and the plaster, a barrier layer of 30% B-72 inacetone was applied to the glass around the losses first. When the plaster fills werecompleted the barrier layer was easily removed with acetone.To remove the plaster fills, the jug had to be partially dissembled. The plaster fills werecoated with acrylic resin to make them shiny like glass. They were then molded using asilicone rubber.

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