In Their True Colors

Developing New Methods for Recoloring Faded Taxidermy

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

It’s All In the Preparation: Part 1

As earlier posts have mentioned, the first phase of our research aims to establish the lightfastness of the Orasol® and similar Sorasolve metal-complex solvent dyes in isolation‒ that is, in … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Dye Is Cast

The initial sample set undergoing accelerated aging in our Q-SUN chamber is expected to be the largest. It includes all of the Orasol dyes that we have been able to … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 2 Comments