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Re: ivory urn

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-195.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/9/4 10:12

In Response To: ivory urn (Wendy)

As moisture enters and then exits a material, due to iregular conditions, changes in shape will result. The objects we shape from otherwise solid materials become sensetive to the imbalances, especially once they are removed. I am sure that there will be a sound repair for this item. Possibly a measurment can be made to determine where the moistening and drying has had the most effect. Round shapes tend to reshape into ovals, once a control is placed on the shape to return to a round shape the crack may close and allow for an adhesive to be used. In short to solve this problem you may first need to put the piece back into its most nessecary shape, and if moisture is still in excess, allow it to exit safely and there by reduce more damage befor glueing.

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