Repairs are often required to mend torn areas and stabilize the paper support. Working within the principle of “do no harm,” our methods of treatment are reversible.
|In this bound manuscript copy book, the conservator uses a light sheet to illuminate losses from below. The outline of the loss is transcribed onto tissue to perform the mending process.|
|Mending of tears or a loss in the paper is accomplished by applying precipitated wheat starch paste to long fibered Japanese tissue.|
|A pasted strip of mending tissue is applied to the tear.|
|Blotters and weights are placed on the new mend to help prevent cockling of the original.|