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Re: Disappearing Ink



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Two parts: a)is there a solvent for gallotannic ink? I dunno. Jack? b)
can you erase and then re-constitute?

You may or may not be able to erase, depending on how deeply the ink
has penetrated. Sometimes it cuts all the way through to the other
side. If not, then your problem isn't with the erasing per se, it's
with the loose collagen fibres you're raising. So assuming you're able
to eliminate the darkened areas, you can then shave off the collagen
fibers (very delicately - a bit the way you'd shave a cheek with an old-
time razor). Then you burnish the surface. And thank the stars you
don't have to rewrite over it afterwards!

I'm told there are a few Medieval recipes for this particular problem.
Get back to me in a few weeks, since I'm researching them now.

Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the
techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: bill cotter <supermanic_1@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 8:03 am
Subject: Disappearing Ink

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> Hello Everyone,
>   I have been following with interest the suggestions
> on removing highlighter inks, and I have a related question:
>   I am trying to remove ink stains from old vellum, and
> have had no luck so far. I have tried a variety of solvents
> (ethyl alcohol, xylene, toluene, MEK, ethyl acetate, napthalene
> and a few others) without making any headway. Scraping
> or erasing is not working---the vellum immediately frays.
> It is calfskin prepared for manuscript, English, c. 1705,
> and the ink splashes in question appear to be iron
> gall ink, and REALLY stubborn.
> Thanks so much!
>
> Bill Cotter
> Milou Bookbinding & Conservation
> 927 East 46th St. # 202
> Austin, TX   78751
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