Apr 02, 2021
In Tips & Solutions
Hello all! I've been looking around and would like to know what torch set up you guys use and/or which is your favorite. At my old job, we had an acetylene/air setup with some pretty big torch tips, but I quickly adapted and came to like it a lot. Now, at my new position, we use oxy/acetylene with the Smith Little Torch. Ever since I started, I haven't been able to get the hang of it; I keep burning the flux and causing quick oxidation, and my joints have become brittle and easily snap. I know that it's too hot, but when I back up and try to heat it evenly it isn't enough heat. Is this a problem that anyone else has experienced? For those of you who also have a Smith Little Torch, what is your opinion on it? I'd love to hear about others' experiences with MAPP gas, other oxy/acetylene setups, and especially oxy/hydrogen. Additionally, I'd like to know what kind of surface you braze on - fire brick, charcoal, metal? Thanks guys!
Feb 09, 2021
In Tools & Materials
Hello all! I have the opportunity to basically customize the mount shop at the new museum I'm at. I haven't been in the field very long, so I was wondering... If you could build your dream workshop, what would it look like? What machines, tools, materials, etc. would you have? Do any of you have any tips or tricks on how to get the most out of your space? Looking forward to hearing what you all think! I will take any suggestions!
May 20, 2019
In Tips & Solutions
I was working with another mountmaker on a pretty large job - he was going to do all of the brass and I was going to do all of the acrylic. We ship in about 2 weeks and he just told us that he can't do about 15 mounts so those are falling on my shoulders now. I'm very new to this and have little to no experience, and I'm at a loss about how to mount these. They're in a 360 degree vitrine case on an angled plinth and they're all spaced out so they all need their own mount. I figure I need some kind of fabric or cushioning to support the fraying ribbons but I think I also need to add brass to support the medal part. I've seen examples on how to mount something like this flat and also in more of a framed case where they're all clustered together, but I've been researching and looking for examples for how I need it and I just can't find it. I also have a handkerchief and a streamer-like ribbon from the 1940s that needs to be flattened and tacked onto something somehow. I don't know the protocol yet, but I get the feeling that conservators wouldn't be too happy if I put a hole in the artifact to sew it down to something. All in all I'm in desperate need of some advice - any ideas or reference pictures would help me greatly; I'm very new to this and the job is due within a month. Thanks all