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    1. [SE-KENTUCKY] Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library Repairing Tears
    2. Margo Spoor
    3. Preservation Tip of the Month--Repairing Tears by Becky Schipper *************************************** There are two types of tears, clean cut and bevel. Clean cut tears require tape to hold the two sides of the tear together. Beveled tears have overlapping surfaces that can be bonded together with adhesive. Mending with Transparent Tape (Clean Cut Tears): Use Document Repair Tape, Filmoplast Tape, or Scotch #811 Magic Removable Tape. These tapes are *not recommended* for rare books or valuable documents, which should be repaired by a conservator. Cut tape 1/4 in. longer than the tear. Center it over the tear. Rub with a bone folder working toward the outer edge of the item. If the tear goes to the edge of a page fold a minute amount of tape over the edge. Mending with Adhesive (Bevel Tears): Always use a pH neutral adhesive. Place a piece of wax paper under the document or page being mended. Lift one side of the tear and brush a thin coat of adhesive onto the exposed edge. Align the edges of the tear. Wipe away any excess adhesive. Place a second sheet of wax paper on top, weight it and let it dry. Margaret Spoor

    08/31/2008 10:17:16