Plastics Identification Tool

I attended the Plastic Identification Tool workshop at Future Talks in Munich in November 2019 to learn more about the application of this interactive, web-based tool that helps identify or characterize plastics.

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TREATMENT OVERVIEW

  • Document
  • Reduce surface grime
  • Consolidate unstable media
  • Construct volara support intserts
  • Alter mount
  • Install work in gallery

ANALYSIS OVERVIEW

  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Ultraviolet (UV)-excited visible fluorescence
  • Solubility testing

This object was treated before being exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum’s Climate in Crisis temporary exhibition. The exterior surfaces were mechanically cleaned overall to remove dust and dirt using a soft, natural bristle brushes and a vacuum equipped with HEPA filter. The feathers were preened by gently manipulating to reduce distortions. The adhesive residue was reduced from the wooden base using solvents and mechanical action. The feathers were gently manipulated to redirect the distorted tips. The accession number was remove from the upper side of the base and reapplied to the underside where it was no longer visible.

Parfleche c. 1900s

TREATMENT OVERVIEW

  • Documentation
  • Overall surface cleaning

ANALYSIS OVERVIEW

  • Stereomicroscopy
  • X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
  • Friability and solubility testing
  • Textually and photographically document
  • Clean thorns
  • Consolidate leather
  • Reattach thorns
  • Create storage housing

TREATMENT OVERVIEW

  • Documentation
  • Overall surface cleaning
  • Consolidation and visual integration of paint layers
  • Stabilization and reconstruction of proper left wheel
  • Stabilization and visual integration of luggage rack, seats, and steering column
  • Humidify and reshape seat cushions
  • Repair broken metal tab on seats
  • Apply corrosion inhibitor to boiler
  • Storage housing construction
Natalya Swanson