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[BKARTS] attaching muslin to vellum pages


I may be able to help in a few areas here.

First should you go the route of adhering the two pieces together (rather
than sewing) I would recommend using our Beva 371 Film.  This is a heat
activated adhesive similar to a dry mounting film, but was designed for
doing painting conservation.

In painting conservation when they have an old deteriorating canvas, or one
with a tear or hole, they reline the painting with a new structurally sound
canvas, and this was the product that was designed for such application.  It
is incredibly strong, very flexible, forgiving in application, and removable
with reheating.  

Because of its versatility it has found its way into so many other
applications, such as mounting of oversize prints to unusual substrates
(wood, metal, etc,) mounting of silks and delicate textiles, and adhering
glass, plastics, and other difficult materials.  The Beva 371 Film is kind
of my go to adhesive when artists call up having tried every adhesive under
the sun with nothing working, and just about all of them come back singing

Application of the product is a two step process, where you first iron it
down to one surface.  Then the release layer is peeled away, and positioned
in place.  Then it is reheated and tacked into place.  Both applications of
heat can be done with a handheld iron, so no special equipment is necessary.
It activates at 150 degrees F, which is about half the temperature of most
dry mounting films, so the risk to properly dried paint films or other
materials is very minimal.

It's archival properties are more than substantiated, and this product has
been used for decades in conservation.  It literally is behind some of the
most priceless paintings in the world that have undergone conservation.

For this application it is very well suited as you would not be introducing
any moisture to the vellum, which will cause major problems for mounting
something to the surface.  It also is very flexible, and will expand and
contract as the vellum does with changing humidity.

Then as for interleaving, you may want to consider using something like our
Silicone Release Paper, which is a vegetable parchment paper impregnated
with silicone.  This coupled with a possible varnish over the painting may
be the way to go.

If you need any more information on either of these products please just
ask, but this is enough for one email.

Aaron Salik
20 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-219-0770 Phone
212-219-0735 Fax

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