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Synthetic Varnishes in the Conservation of Furniture & Wooden Objects

  • Buckinghamshire New University High Wycombe Campus HP11 2JZ (map)

This one day workshop will focus on the use of synthetic resins for use in the conservation of varnished and painted surfaces on furniture and wooden objects. Participants will learn how to mix and apply a range of varnishes and will work on preparing their own sample boards for future reference.

Areas covered:

  • The use of synthetic resins as varnishes including Paraloid B-72, Regalrez 1126 and Laropal A81. Discussion of criteria for selecting appropriate resins.
  • Practical methods of application: choosing appropriate solvents, additives and stabilisers to create different varnish properties. Participants will make sample boards using the materials discussed.
  • There will be a presentation of case studies, historical use, comparison with shellac and other natural resins, and the use of varnishes in relation to retouching methods including Gamblin Conservation Colours.

Maximum participants: 15


Icon member: £110
Student members: £100
Non members: £130

All materials are provided, cost includes tea and coffee. Lunch not included.

Booking: to register a place please contact Tristram Bainbridge:


Earlier Event: February 22
Papermaking at LCBA