In Their True Colors

Developing New Methods for Recoloring Faded Taxidermy

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Color by Numbers, Part 1: Spectrophotometry vs. Colorimetry

In our lightfastness testing of metal-complex solvent dye solutions, we see some samples that fade a lot and are very easy to qualify as “fast-fading” dyes. (See our previous post … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dyed Fur Samples: Part 2

Fur-Mounting System We next needed a method of mounting the deer and fox furs so that they could be dyed and exposed in the test chamber. [See Part 1 of … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dyed Fur Samples: Part 1

The first phase of our lightfastness testing aimed to establish the lightfastness of the Orasol® and similar Sorasolve metal-complex solvent dyes in isolation‒ that is, in the absence of a … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Surveying Historic Taxidermy Part 3: Results

Our condition survey of historic mammalian taxidermy in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Mammalogy (see previous post), supplied an understanding of the most common condition issues affecting … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Surveying Historic Taxidermy Part 2: Fun Finds

At its outset, execution of our inventory and condition survey of taxidermy mounts in storage in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Mammalogy (see previous post) required clarification … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Surveying Historic Taxidermy Part 1: Goals and Parameters

Alongside the lightfastness testing described earlier in this blog, we are developing tools to support the efforts of other individuals and institutions seeking to preserve collections of historic mammalian taxidermy. … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

It’s All In the Preparation: Part 2

With our sample set chosen, our substrate selected, and our sample mounts determined, we next needed to devise a process for applying the dyes. Since the ultimate treatment would likely … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 1 Comment