Re: Removing adhesive from horsehair basket?


Things like this depend a lot on how much adhesive there is, and what it is! If there’s only a little shiny yellowish stuff, it is likely to be old Duco cement, which stays soluble in acetone. A tiny amount of acetone on a small swab might dissolve enough of the adhesive to take the pieces apart. On the other hand, if it’s old Elmer’s glue, it would be more difficult to get apart and to get all the residue off. If you’re far away from a conservator, consider sending a photo and getting on the phone with one, who may be able to talk you through it. I don’t recommend doing it yourself without help – these things can make a mess.
Barbara Appelbaum