Drew Watt 7/5/12
Hello Mount Group, Does anyone out there know of any product that is a roll of thin silicone with an adhesive back. I'm hoping to find something that acts similar to the silicone anti-slip feet that people use on furniture, but in a thin (1/32" - 1/16") roll with adhesive so that I could apply in to the bottom of a mount. It would have to be Oddy approved of course. Thanks for any help that you can offer. Cheers, Drew
Drew Watt Mountmaker and Exhibit Specialist National Gallery of Art Washington, DC 202.842.6069
Drew, if there proves not to be such a product, could you make your own using thin sheets of silicone and 3M adhesive transfer tape?
Steve Briscoe 7/5/12
I've very little luck with getting adhesives to stick to our silicon gasket material. We're starting Oddy tests on this from McMaster: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/118/3543/=ia4spe Comes with the adhesive. I'll post results if I remember down the road. Steve BriscoeCollections Preparator Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA 94607 510-318-8477
Thank you Steve and Anne for your suggestions; they are both good ones.
An update on this idea: after consulting with conservation we've decided to go a different route. There was concern about the possibility of moisture being trapped between the silicone sheet and the surface of the table below and so we've decided not to use it in this instance because we're primarily working with wooden surfaces. In an application with stone I'm sure this would work well. Instead we'll use Benchmark's sueded polyethylene which, while not as tacky as silicone, will allow moisture to flow freely.
Cheers David and Mair!
Julia Bushue 8/9/12
I would also be interested in hearing the Oddy test results for the McMaster silicone - which one on the linked page are you testing?
At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, they have used a poured silicone to secure certain Native American artifacts: http://www.circuitspecialists.com/rtv615-1p.html. It's pretty expensive, but it can be cleaned (carefully) and reused. It's not adhesive, obviously, but the tackiness was enough to keep the object from sliding around.
Julia Bushue Assistant Mountmaker St. Louis Art Museum
Steve Briscoe 8/14/12
Re: [mountmaking-forum] Re: Adhesive back silicone 8622K51
Some of the others are possibles too but I haven't got samples of them. This was the only one they carried in long lengths which will work for case channels.