Conservation Blog

By: Sherif Afifi | August 13, 2020

mending irregular tear
irregular tear

Paper mending and repair techniques and secrets. Episode two, repairing and mending clean Irregular Tear.
Paper Mending | Episode 1 | Straight tear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNnqQ42Mvlc
Paper Mending | Episode 2 | Irregular tear: https://youtu.be/8QD5W6YV1wc

   The tears tend to be irregular when it is across the grain direction and tends to be "straight" along the grain direction. Remember! Mechanical made paper has a grain direction.
Why mechanical paper has grain direction? Because the fibers travel through the machine on a vibrating mesh, they tend to line up in the same forward direction, parallel to the direction of the side edges of the paper. It means that the handmade paper has no grain direction.
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By: Sherif Afifi | July 22, 2020

Straight paper tear

These tutorial episodes are for trained conservators who have the training and the experiences as well as the materials and tools to do this. However, if you are not a trained conservator and do not have the right materials for such repair and have some books with cuts and tears please don't use all types of commercial self-adhesive tapes these products should be avoided in historic document conservation and restoration. keep in mind the reversibility possibility of these products.

Also, you should keep away from
  • All types of scotch tape, sellotape, Etc. 
  • Filmoplast P Tape, it is an archival grade material, but not recommended for rare books due to its reversibility.
  • Heatset tissue (shiny and uses heat). However, it is reversible with...

By: Sherif Afifi | July 22, 2020

Paper Mending

   New series of paper mending conservation and restoration tutorials which will focus on the techniques and secrets of paper conservation. keep tuned on, these tutorials will be captured regularly in short and informative episodes. Keep tuned 😉

just be careful during the repair process and Don't use:
  • Tape (sellotape), scotch tape, Etc.
  • Filmoplast P Tape, it is archival but not recommended for rare objects due to its reversibility.
  • Heatset tissue (shiny and uses heat). However, it is reversible with isopropyl alcohol, acid-free, and buffered with magnesium carbonate. As well it has long fibers, and it is transparent.

In conclusion, all types of commercial self-adhesive tapes should be avoided in historic document conservat...

By: Sherif Afifi | February 21, 2020

   This antique black and white silver gelatin paper print have split into two half due to folding of the completely acidic secondary support, which leads to tears, cuts, and separation of the photograph into two half. This video shows the restoration and preservation of this 20th century rare photograph. The conservation and Restoration process covered several steps. However, this video shows only the joining process for the two split parts.

By: Sherif Afifi | November 09, 2019

Byzantine Binding Tutorial
Byzantine Binding Tutorial

This Byzantine binding video tutorial is based on a facsimile of a 17th century Byzantine Manuscript. The tutorial is divided into 6 parts

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Category: Bookbinding 

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