Our Conservation and Engagement Officer, Stathis Tsolis has recently conserved a Walrus Tusk.
An old plaster filling was carefully removed, and a lightweight reversible repair was made with Japanese tissue paper and a filler made of tiny glass bubbles and B-72 fixative.
The restored area was smoothened with fine grade emery paper. The filled in areas was colour-matched with acrylic colours.
A final glaze concluded the treatment. This is a reversible repair, and the filling can be easily removed without damaging the original tusk.
It is also easily distinguishable from the original material.