UPDATE-Seven Brides For Seven Brothers-Stickers!!!
Over 90 days ago I began restoration on the sticker-challenged Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. This US 1 Sheet, measuring 27″ x 41″ had 23 paper stickers on the backside which were placed there to reinforce separation of fold lines and other minor tears to the paper. The two hours spent to remove the stickers using a palate knife and a rubber solvent was only the beginning of the multiple methods of treatment to bring this wonderful musical back to display status.
With the help of my very talented color artist during the restoration phase, my wife, I worked my way through a minefield of issues to final product. A thorough wash process including an organic soap to remove surface dirt, deacidification bath to push out the damaging acids in the paper, a bleaching to kill off any mold/foxing/stains or toning to the paper, and a buffer solution applied to protect against any future acids leaving the paper completed the first process of conservation.
After the wash phase the poster would be mounted on an acid-free Japanese Masa paper, which was glued to an acid-free cotton canvas; the support phase complete, its ready for restoration! The restoration phase would include six pieces of paper infill, Methylcellulose compound infill, application of watercolor pencils as well as gouache paints, and airbrush sprays to the border and tape stain folds. It’s been the most exhaustive project yet for me, and although I’m not 100% happy with the results, I’m very pleased with the totality of the work completed. A few pictures of the Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.