S11E05: Metals (Part 2)

Together with special guest host Bill Hawkes we continue the topic of shiny things: metals! This time dealing with small objects and shiny trinkets. Kloe talks to Dr Eric Nordgren about archaeological metals, and Jenny reviews ‘Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe’ as well.

00:01:27 From jewellery shops to the conservation workbench
00:05:20 Towards a sustainable alternative to silver dips
00:10:08 Values around tarnished surfaces
00:17:59 Advancements in modern metallurgy
00:22:03 The tricky nature of surfaces
00:27:08 The beauty of corrosion
00:30:11 From boring to fascinating to dangerous metals
00:36:28 Gemstones galore
00:40:22 Repair methods
00:44:55 Quills, thorns, feathers, and the common cocktail stick!
00:47:05 Interview with Dr Eric Nordgren
01:02:17 Review: Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe

Show Notes:
– S10E06 Metals (Part 1): https://thecword.show/2021/11/24/s10e06-metals-part-1/
– Bill’s website: https://www.williamhawkes.co.uk/
– West Dean College’s metalwork conservation specialism: https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/specialisms/metalwork
– S10E03 Career Changes: https://thecword.show/2021/10/13/s10e03-career-changes/
– How silver dips work: https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/services/conservation-preservation-publications/canadian-conservation-institute-notes/care-silver.html
– Argentium silver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentium_sterling_silver
– Rhodium plating: https://www.jewelryshoppingguide.com/everything-about-rhodium-plating/
– An example of the kind of toy restoration videos Jenny watches (warning, this is OTT!): https://www.youtube.com/c/baremetalHW/videos or https://www.youtube.com/c/RescueRestore
– The Twitter thread mentioned: https://twitter.com/amaliasl/status/1523420586495516673
– Gemstone chemistry: https://www.compoundchem.com/2014/06/29/what-causes-the-colour-of-gemstones/
– Thorn usage in conservation: http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/conservation-journal/using-thorns-to-conserve-the-hoard.html
– Eric Nordgren: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/2599291-nordgren-eric
– Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe: https://www.routledge.com/Histories-of-Conservation-and-Art-History-in-Modern-Europe/Dupre-Boulboulle/p/book/9780367650070

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and William Hawkes.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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A Wooden Dice production, 2022.

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