Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #56

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Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #56

November 9, 2012

Nov12.jpgOne of the main types of 'permanent' marking we use at Reynolda House is paper labeling. Paper labels are affixed with what we in the collections world like to call a 'B-72 sandwich', or the barrier method.  Objects' numbers are printed with a laser jet printer onto paper (small!). Each number is cut out. On the object we put down a layer of Acryloid B-72, and then—while the B-72 is still tacky—we place the paper label onto it. Lastly, we coat the paper label with another layer of B-72.
Our Acryloid B-72 in Acetone comes in a handy nail polish style bottle for easy application. We also use tweezers to place the label onto the surface of the object—my personal favorite for the job being reverse tip tweezers (the type that open when squeezed) because they do the label holding for you. We do our best to choose an area that is not too noticeable so that the label is not visually distracting. We don't want them to be so hidden though that we can't quickly find the number, so it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of an object's number on it in the Museum if you look carefully (but I don't recommend crawling on the floor to peek underneath chairs since Security might get suspicious).

Here is a some more information about this type of labeling from the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (2007).

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