Did someone say, MAMMOTH!? Oh wait, that’s just me…ok, so maybe YOU too. 🙂
Even though I tend to work for HOURS on end in the lab, being all science-ee, I know that my successes are only in leaps & bounds from my perspective. Sure, I know you’d hope as an archaeologist, I’d dig up a mammoth, find a lost city and discover the fountain of youth all in one week. Sounds awesome to me too. But in my REALISTIC life, things move a little slower…okay, so A LOT slower. But you’re here to see updates & that’s what I’ve got for you!
Yes, it still looks painful, I know. Imagine how I feel?!
What I’ve worked on here looks a lot like the previous update, I know. But if you’re super meticulous (like me), then you’ll see that we’ve cleaned the tusk a little bit more. Cleaning it always is a bit of a crap shoot. I’m stuck in the wonder of…Will it fall apart if I clean this more, or Will this look super awesome?! It’s never an easy guessing game. And truth be told, after today’s cleaning, it did a little of both. But I’ll let you be the judge. I’ll soon be using the Paraloid on this so as to freeze all the loose pieces into place.
See how the tusk looks like rings of a tree? In the same fashion, that’s how you can tell how old a mammoth is. This tusk isn’t nearly so easy to read from this vantage point or the degradation. But I can tell you that this was a juvenile, since the tusk’s circumference is smaller than all the mature mammoths I’ve studied.
Oh, btw, my favorite part about the photo below is that when I walked into the lab, SOME IDIOT WAS TOUCHING THE SANDBAGS!!!! Of course I jumped all over him. (Scared him a little too…that was funny!) 😉 I plan on putting this tusk in a flat housing that will contain all the mammoth dirt and tusk flakes that fall away. The plastic drop cloth was good for when we were plastering, but it’s gotta go! I will say that just to scootch the tusk around the table is a major event in its self since it is SOOOO heavy now. I gauge about 80 pounds. Once I was able to carry it across both arms. Now?…Errrm….Not so much!
I’m taking off for Thanksgiving, so I won’t be working on this until next week. Forgive me?…
Again, I don’t want to expose much of this to the air without treating it more. I use acrysol at 10% just like last week.
Tools used: 10% acrysol, sandbags, the cleaning solution of 50% alcohol & 50% distilled water, synthetic brushes, metal tools, wooden tools, 5cm arrow for size reference, and aspirator.
Time spent in the lab was about 4 hours.