This one-minute video captures what I did at work today, times about 250.
Shabti paint consolidation (click on the link to view the video)
To put it into context, I was working on this painted wooden shabti, which I’ve mentioned on the blog before.
Here is a still shot of the area I’m working on in the video, taken at 10x magnification using our binocular microscope:
The paint is actively flaking in many areas on this object. In the video, you can see me applying a 2% solution of methyl cellulose in water by brush to a loose flake of paint, and then after allowing the flake to relax, tapping it into place using a silicone colour shaper. It’s slow-going, but it’s working!