Friday, June 24, 2011

An Update on Salts

Here are some microscopic images of salts present on a ceramic from a previous post.

Microscopic image of hair-like crystals on the blue-colored fills.

The ceramic surface shows granular salt crystals.

We are currently in the process of preparing the ceramic for desalination, including consolidation of flaking surfaces and removal of old plaster fills. But before we desalinate, we have to find a good water source, which is a challenge out in the field. Stay tuned for our adventures hunting down an appropriate water source!

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