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Daily Log Entry - August 28, 2004

Tools of the Trade - Filling Losses

In the profession of art conservation, tools are most often adopted or adapted from other fields. Pictured here is a selection of tools and common objects used for filling losses or voids in the original paint layer.

Pigmented microcrystalline wax (the red-brown material in the tin) is applied into the loss with a small spatula (foreground on the left). This much-used tool is hand-made for this purpose.

The wine cork is sometimes utilized to level wax fills; the panty hose fabric is used to texture and buff the wax. Texture is imparted into the new wax fill with a variety of materials and techniques, including dental tools, bits of cloth, or a blunt needle.

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Restoring a Masterwork II: Guercino's
August 7 through October 31, 2004
at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts