Yes, it looks…..bad. It does get BETTER, but it gets WORSE first!! (Consider yourself prepped for the photos) Just know, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel….and no, it’s not another train!
Used 5cm arrow for size reference. Continued using the cleaning solution of 50% alcohol & 50% distilled water. Tools used to clean the ivory tusk are synthetic brushes, metal tools, wooden tools, aspirator & acrysol.
Okay, so I did warn you that it does get bad, right? Just know that this hurts me more than it hurts you, but here goes… I was cutting back the plaster for better access like I normally do when all of a sudden………..
I’ve chosen to call this section with the cracks in it, “Section 2”. Original, I know. But if I don’t have section titles, I’ll have problems referencing for documentation.
Yes, my heart hurts when I see this. How do you think I felt when I did this!!??? I needed a Tylenol, Advil, or VALIUM!! I needed do document what was happening due to my cleaning (that won’t be so rigorously done anymore, I assure you) & it was quite painful.
The lower portion of Section 2 started pulling away like an onion! Treated the interior with a 30% acrysol solution that it just drank up! I treated the portion that I took off with a 15% solution before reassembling. No, I will NOT be cutting back anymore plaster any time soon!
PHEW! Section #2 is almost reassembled!!! (Oh my…I just wanted to fix it faster, but I couldn’t because of drying times!!! It was killing me to see it disassembled. “No dissemble!”
Used the 15% acrysol to re-treat the first section (Section 1), as well as used this same percentage solution to fill cracks in the hopes of stabilizing the ivory.
Breathing…….So much better. It was a nightmare, I know. Sorry I had to put you through it. Thankfully crisis averted!
This issue makes me consider the possibility of a different plan of attack next time we’re in lab. Hmmm….I’ll consider my options. But in the meantime……
(7 hours in lab)