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

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

Renovation of the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, Part I: What is a habitat diorama?

In 2011-12, the American Museum of Natural History undertook an ambitious program of renovation to the 45 habitat dioramas in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.  It was … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

Introducing the Recoloring Taxidermy Research Project

In 2013, the American Museum of Natural History and Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Peabody Museum of Natural History were awarded an Institute for … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 1 Comment