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There is a slight difficulty in folding and
creasing mylar, as it is very springy, so
one must be careful to crease the gutter
very well. The example shown in fig. 8 is
of a floated artifact.
Combination Sling Mat with Mylbord-L
Construction: See figure 9.
In this case the artifact, a charcoal sketch
with descriptions and photos pasted onto
the back, was delaminated and treated as
three items. The collection is a study collection,
and the descriptions and photos
are as important as the sketches. It was
necessary to provide a housing that would
accommodate patron use while maximizing
the protection of the artifact. The
sketch was placed in a sling mat, and the
description and photos housed in the
Mylbord-L configuration, which was also
attached to the backboard with doublesided
tape.
Mylbord-L
Occasionally artifacts cannot be matted,
whether due to monetary restrictions or
the logistics of storage space, especially
when the collection is quite numerous, or
due to lack of trained personnel. As mentioned
earlier, the Mylbord-L configuration
is an acceptable alternative3. Two
restrictions for this housing apply: (1)
Techniques wherein loose pigment is
used, i.e. unfixed charcoal, chalk, or pastel,
and some very heavily done pencil
sketches-direct contact with the mylar
"cover" could result in image transfer to
the mylar. These kinds of prints should
always be matted. (2) Size, or more specifically,
thickness of an artifact, as thicker
pieces must be matted to be properly protected.
The Mylbord-L housing is especially
good for thin, flat artifacts, but
does not provide enough support for
heavier pieces.
Discussion
We've looked at a number of different
styles of mats in the hope that museum
professionals, artists, gallery owners, and
private collectors will have a better understanding
of the options available to them,
and will be better able to make decisions

on the housing of paper artifacts entrusted
to their care. It is my personal belief that
all paper artifacts should be matted for
their own good and protection. Although
this can be a very expensive and time

DOUBLE SIDED MAT

artifact

front back

open

front

SLING MAT

polyester
p 1^ I~. artifact
doublesided
tape

Fig. 6

MODIFIED SINK MAT

flaps closed

Fig. 7

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back
Fig. 5

closed

flaps open

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Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 02, Number 04, Fall 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45445/. Accessed July 13, 2014.