Letter 7: glue
Hello, Sylvie - The glue we used is called Araldite 2020. I'm sorry I don't know of suppliers in Canada or North America in general. A different epoxy is called Hxtal NYL-1 which I am as sure as I can be you will find in your country. Here also is a link to an article you might find useful because it's important I tell you we aren't experts with glue - we only follow the instructions. Many other people (some of whom read this newsletter) know a lot more than we do. If any of them read this comment, can they please say something (Hugo!). Anyway, here's the link: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/stainglass/stainglass.htm
I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your question, Chris. Although this article doesn't answer it either, you might find it useful: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/stainglass/stainglass.htm .
Bonjour à vous deux ! Quelle équipe formidable vous faites. Vous venez de m'apprendre la technique de collage dont j'aurai besoin prochainement dans mes derniers vitraux à restaurer pour l'église Anglicane Saint-George de Drummondville au Québec. Je n'ai jamais visité l'Angleterre, mais cela est sur ma liste dans un avenir assez proche. Est-ce possible d'avoir le nom du produit exact que vous utilisez et si vous savez qui peut vendre ce produit en Amérique du Nord ? Merci à l'avance et au plaisir de vous lire à nouveau.
I cheered (mentally; I'm not so extroverted and clueless as to think anyone else in the house would want to hear it) when I read your put-down of ridiculous, pretentious replacement of the fully-descriptive term "gluing" with "edge-bonding." The same nonsense is going on all over the place. My own Hall of Fame is topped by something in the fish-keeping hobby, where "water" (in a tank) has been replaced by "water column." The latter term has a very legitimate scientific origin, because marine biologists working in lakes and oceans have to take account of what can be drastically differing conditions between the surface and depths that may reach hundreds or thousands of feet, or even miles. But fish tanks? At most a couple of feet, well-stirred by pumps and filters. So anyone writing about "water columns" gets ignored by yours truly. Thus let it be with "edge-bonding" as well. Life is too short to spend it catering to pompous people trying to seem erudite. It's great to see some push-back! (Oh, and the rest of your message is up to its usual high standards as well...)
Does Araldite 2020 offer a better quality in comparison with Araldite Crystal?
I did chuckle at the mention of the illustrious body (IB) and their ridiculous requirements, although your narratives very often do make me chuckle Stephen 😃 When I trained, we were encouraged to jump through the ever-more-complicated hoops to join said IB, which included among others having an assessor come to the studio on a few occasions to actually see that I was doing my work properly, and to submit an account of my business practices beyond the actual work undertaken. I did feel this was unnecessarily intrusive but was going to go along with with it, until I spoke to a very respected silversmith who had a studio based at one of the very well known stately homes. He was actually jumping through the hoops, but withdrew in disgust when his assessor turned out to be a textile conservator who knew precisely diddly squat about silversmithing. Crazy, huh? So I decided not to pay the substantial fee for all this hoop-jumping and paddle my own canoe. 20 years down the river I have no regrets and never went without work because I didn’t belong to said IB.
As far as pretentious description goes I will say that when I trained, we weren’t ‘sticking with glue’, we were ‘bonding with adhesive’. And woe betide anyone who uttered the phrase ‘restoring to its former glory’!! 😂