Programs & Events

Paleontology Archival Materials Workshop

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Workshop or Trip
Oct. 15, 2012 | Monday, 6:30pm
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Monday, October 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Minimum age 16.
Location: Nature Research Center - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor

Many materials that are known to deteriorate over time are still commonly used on fossil vertebrates. These include Elmer's glue, Duco cement, nail polish, Wite-out, Scotch tape, adhesive labels, acidic papers, Sharpies and Bic pens. Participants in this workshop will experience how easy it is to use long-lasting archival materials instead, including Paraloid B-72, India ink, archival disposable pens, titanium white acrylic paint, acid-free paper, Japanese paper, Ethafoam, Tyvek and polyester batting.

This three-hour workshop begins with brief instructions after which participants work at their own pace with their own kit of materials. Each participant has a broken mini flowerpot "specimen" to 1) mend with an archival adhesive (Paraloid B-72), 2) label using six different archival methods and 3) house in a labeled, archival "cavity" mount. A non-porous substrate is labeled for comparison. There is a group discussion at the end. The instructor also demonstrates easy ways to mix, dispense and work with Paraloid B-72, including facing, backing and bulking methods for gap-filling. Participants take home their kit along with their completed "specimen", a booklet of handouts, written instructions, recipes, a supplier list, a small library of PDF references and a Certificate of Completion.

Kit contents include two solutions of Paraloid B-72 in dispensers, archival white paint, a quill pen, archival papers, archival housing materials and samples of facing, backing and bulking materials.

Registration information: Registration required. Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form and Health Form with payment. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to program date. Trips failing to reach the minimum registration numbers by the deadline date may be canceled. Please call to check on program status if interested in registering after the deadline.

 For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.