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    Mountmaking supplies - A handout from Robert Fuglestad part 1

    Robert Fuglestad was a speaker at PACIN's first Preparators Conference in August of 2009. In addition to speaking there he provided the following handout.

    Thanks Robert!


    ROBERT FUGLESTAD DESIGN 413-441-4084
    r.fuglestad@gmail.com


    MATERIALS LIST FOR USE IN MOUNT-MAKING


    ACRYLIC:
    • 4x8 foot sheets or smaller pieces by the square foot

    • For fabricating mounts and bases
    • Cast - softening point 196F-239F - for cutting and routing
    • Extruded - softening point 210F-220F - gums more easily when cut
    • Purchase locally due to sizes
    • Acrylic cement - Weld On
    www.eplastics.com
    • Acrylic-like - VIVAK - sheet polyester, clear - LOW melting point
    Can be easily bent for use in mounts
    www.eplastics.com
    www.lairdplastics.com

    BATTING: 100% polyester: 1/2,1, and 2 inch thicknesses - for mannequins
    www.wholesalequilting.com
    www.gaylord.com

    BRASS: Half-hard - for mounts
    www.admiralmetals.com -- 12 foot lengths- will cut in half
    www.mcmaster.com
    www.ksmetals.com
    www.rotaxmetals.net


    ETHAFOAM or CELL-U PLANK:
    • a cross-linked polyethylene foam
    • can be purchased from packing supply companies in various densities and thicknesses
    • pieces “welded” together with a heat-gun or glued together with a glue gun
    • use as filler and in mannequin fabrication


    MATTBOARD:
    • Two, four, or eight-ply acid-free paper product.
    • Many different uses in mounts
    • Can give structural integrity to soft objects, can be used in making book cradles, etc.
    • Check “Legion Paper”


    MDF:
    • Used in case construction - check with your conservator


    MAGNETS: Rare-earth magnets
    • multiple sizes and shapes
    www.wondermagnet.com


    TAPE:
    • Double-sided tape: 3M Gold 800 series - 889 Preservation Tape


    WOOD:
    • Used less and less in exhibitions due to out-gassing of material itself and due to additives used in fabrication [plywoods and particleboards]
    • Poplar is the solid wood generally used in case fabrication
    • If wood is used in an exhibition it MUST be sealed.


    BARRIERS/ PADDINGS:
    • Metal/wood primers - Rust-oleum - very slow drying
    Krylon - quick drying
    • Acrylic paints
      • for matching mount color to color of object –
      • can be found in any good art supply store
    Golden Acrylics
    Liquitex Acrylics

    • Clear-coatings:
    Krylon Clear Coat - Basically B-72
    o Let out-gas overnight
    o Two coat minimum when also used as padding between object and pigmented acrylic paint.
    o OK as padding for small, light-weight objects.

    o Can be found in art supply stores, hardware stores and Walmart
    • Plascoat
      • a plastic white powder that clings to a warmed mount, and when reheated on the mount forms a clear barrier over the surface of the mount
      • very tough and yet flexible
    www.plascoat.com
    • Heatshrink tubing - Polyolefin 2:1
      • a translucent tubing that fits over the mount. When heat is applied, the tubing shrinks to conform to the mount’s shape.
      • Comes in many diameters-1/16”, 3/32”, 1/8” etc. and wall thicknesses
    www.buyheatshrink.com
    • Polyolefin 2:1
      • a translucent tubing that fits over the mount
      • When heat is applied, the tubing shrinks to conform to the mount’s shape
      • Comes in many diameters -1/16”, 3/32”, 1/8” etc. and wall thicknesses

    • Fabrics:
      • Tested fabrics can be backed with a 3M double sided tape to make them adhere to a mount.
      • Makes a very soft and durable padding between the painted mount and the object.
      • Otherwise - -Polysuede - an adhesive backed sueded polyethylene - can be ordered in various colors and thicknesses. Approximately 1 ft.square sheets.
    www.benchmarkcatalog.com

    • Felt:
      • Various colors and thicknesses. Individual sheets are approximately 1 ft. square
    www.benchmarkcatalog.com


    • Marvelseal 360:
      • Use as a barrier; on wood, MDF, plywood, etc.
      • Prevents out-gassing. Difficult to adhere.
      • Use double- sided tape
    www.gaylord.com

    • Mylar:
      • Polyester film -Use as a barrier or padding on mounts-needs to be applied with double-sided tape
    www.mcmaster.com

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    This is part two of Roberts handout.






    SOLDERING:
    • Type “B” or 40lb. tank of acetylene with regulator and tips or
    • Oxygen/acetylene tanks with jewelers regulator and tips or
    • MAPP gas with appropriate tip

    • Silver Solder- brass to brass, brass to steel, and steel to steel
      • Available at any large welders supply or-
    www.HarrisGroup.com SAFETY-SILV 45 - 1225F -melting point

    SAFETY-SILV 45T-1195F -melting point

    SAFETY-SILV 56 -1145F -melting point
    • comes in 1/16 and 1/32 in. diameters 5 T.O. min.
    www.riogrand.com soft, medium, and hard - purchase by the foot


    • Lead-free plumbers solder - 450F+/- - min. strength - brass to brass
    use when warping might be a problem


    • Soldering pads - 1 ft. square
    www.riogrand.com - Solderite - hard pad

    www.risintl.com - soft pad

    • Acid bath [pickle] - SPAREX
    www.casker.com

    www.risintl.com

    • Flux - welders supply or-
    Stay-silv

    www.HarrisProductsGroup.com
    Superior No. 601
    www.fastenal.com

    • Third hands - any large jewelers supply or –
    www.store.sra-solder.com

    www.riogrand.com



    Question - Phillyseal [no longer made] was used as a modeling epoxy. There was a debate over what could replace it. Does anyone know the outcome of that discussion?

    I would like to thank Kirk Hoffman for his help in the preparation of the above.

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