Mask (devil) made of plaster.
- Found/Acquired: Bolivia
- (Americas,South America,Bolivia)
2003 15 Dec-2009 Jun, BM, 'Living and Dying'
25 March 2003
Reason for treatment
Make up missing eye. Paint like other one.
There is a large crack in the remaining eye, which has been made from a Westinghouse 100W lightbulb. The crack has been consolidated at some point. The paper tag attached to the object says conservation treatment took place in 1992, but no further records could be found. The socket that is missing the eye appears to be coated in a mortar-like substance, which must have held the eye in place. Overall, the mask shows considerable wear and tear, and is dusty.
A mould was taken of a new 100W lightbulb, slightly smaller than the in situ eye, using Elite double 8 (polyvinylsiloxane) moulding material. This mould was supported with a plaster mother once the lightbulb was removed. The new eye was cast using Araldite 2020 (epoxy resin) that had been allowed to thicken for 6 hours. The Araldite 2020 was spread on the inside walls of the mould and allowed to cure for two days, forming a hollow semi-sphere. Once dry, the interior of the cast shape was painted to match the exisiting eye with Golden acrylic paints and Rowney acrylic gloss medium (composition unknown) with Winsor and Newton fine dry artist's pigments (comp. variable). Scrunched aluminium foil was painted with watered down Golden acrylic paint to artificially age it, and placed inside the cast eye. This construction was then adhered into the socket with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) and Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) and painted with Rowney acrylic gloss medium (composition unknown) with Winsor and Newton fine dry artist's pigments (comp. variable). The mask was then cleaned by removing the surface dust with soft brushes and a vacuum cleaner.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA31603
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