© 2019 by International Mountmakers Forum.

Designed by Sarah at Art/Tech/Space.  Proudly created with Wix.com   


Formerly the Mountmaking Forum Google Group

Welcome to the IMF Online Forum- The easiest way to connect with your fellow Mountmakers!

Archived topics are available to anyone- But we encourage you to create a Login, which allow you to post new topics, as well as receiving notification of new posts from other contributors.


To create a new Login- Just click the Log in/ Sign up prompt. You can use your existing Google or Facebook account or enter an email address and create a password- you're good to go!

To be alerted of any new Online Forum topics- Just click the Follow icon, located on the right side of each topic category and you will receive updates to new postings by email.


If there's anything we're missing, needs fixing or you'd like to contribute, just let us know through the Contact Us prompt!


We look forward to your participation!

May 16

Mountmaking Forum ›FOSSHAPE Information & samples





From Megan Emery at the Cincinnati Art Museum:

-----Original Message----- From: Megan Emery [mailto:megan.emery@cincyart.org] Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:36 AM To: Uhlir, Shelly; mountmaking-forum@googlegroups.com Cc: Marla Miles Subject: RE: [mountmaking-forum] Re: FOSSHAPE Information & samples


Hi Shelly,

You are correct, we ran several Oddy tests on FOSSHAPE(tm), reviewed the MSDS information and carried out lengthy conversations with the manufacturer.  Overall the material passed our Oddy test, however since Oddy tests can be objective and I always ere on the side of caution I recommend a barrier layer be used for long term display or storage.  FOSSHAPE(tm) is a proprietary 100% polyester polymer blend, with no additives or post treatments.  Each individual fiber is composed of two polyesters each with a different melting point: the outer shell of the fiber has a considerably lower melting point than the core.  The fibers are then mechanically entangled to form the fabric.  When FOSSHAPE(tm) is introduced to a heat source the outer core of the fibers begins to soften/melt causing the fibers to contract and become rigid upon cooling.

Hope this is helpful,


Megan J. Emery Associate Conservator of Objects Professional Associate of AIC Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202 t: (513) 639-2869 f: (513) 639 2996 megan.emery@cincyart.org






I finally got some documentation pictures up of one of my early mannequins. You can check them out at http://www.flickr.com/photos/24204269@N06/sets/72157625951028606/


I also brought some samples of Fosshape and Wonderflex to our conservation department to get it into the queue for Oddy Testing. Since Shelly's already got a sample  of Wonderflex in process, I think I'll tell them not to test unless people feel multiple trials seem of value. If anyone has already done the Fosshape, please let me know as they're trying to squeeze this in to all the other jobs they've got going.


Jamie Hascall Chief Preparator Museums of New Mexico Santa Fe 505-476-5079

New Posts
  • Greetings all! Tomorrow is my last day at the museum and then I'm out in the void! I've seen some photos floating around of oddly shaped fire brick forms for supporting weird or irregular brazing setups. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Not sure what to search for so I can't seem to find them. Any leads would be sweet. Here's a snap shot of similar forms...
  • For an upcoming exhibit, we need to include wigs on some archival Dorfman mannequins. I've tried to find nylon wigs that would be more likely to pass an Oddy test, but I haven't had any luck yet. Does anyone have a source for wigs that have either passed or might pass? I've considered making more of a sculpted hair and face combination, but I might not have enough time for that. Thanks, Ann Ann Prazer Mount Shop Supervisor The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60625
  • Hello everyone, Do you have a wood sealant product you would recommend for an exhibition case? The idea is to have a wall with wood shelves imitating a warehouse from the 1920's. The shelves and objects will have an acrylic top so it will be more or less sealed for several months. Because the exhibition designer doesn't want to use Marvelseal/fabric to cover the shelves (he wants the actual wood showing) we were wondering what products are recommended to seal the wood as best as possible to avoid off-gassing. Thank you! Silvia Manrique The Wolfsonian-FIU