By Stephen Koob, Chief Conservator, Corning Museum of Glass
From the article: ABSTRACT Paraloid B-72 is well known as one of the most stable acrylic resins used in conservation and is very effective as a consolidant and adhesive for ceramics and glass. Many methods are useful for its application as a consolidant, including brushing, spraying, soaking or capillary action (known in the US as ‘wicking up’). B-72 is also an excellent adhesive for assembling a broad range of ceramics and glass objects, from archaeological fragments to complete vessels, to high-fired stoneware and porcelain. The moderate strength of the adhesive is much more suitable than a stronger adhesive, such as an epoxy. The proper preparation of the adhesive and application from a tube are key factors to its successful use. Complicated reconstructions, involving over 100 fragments can be easily and accurately accomplished. B-72’s easy reversibility also allows for simple and fast clean-up of excess adhesive, using acetone.