Rock hard gloves ,any remedy ??

Dany McDonald

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Smity,

Can you share the recipe with the forum? I am especially intrigue by the fact that it's from museum/restoration specialist!

Thanx,

Dany
 

Smithy

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Smithy

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Oh thank you for this! Wow what a marvelous site!!!!

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No worries, it's where the technical conservator at the museum I do work for gets a lot of his "potions and lotions".

Once again just bear in mind that a lot of these are for the consolidation of artefacts for display and stabilised storage purposes, not for something you're going to wear to play a game of football in ;)
 

Carl

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Shall be getting on with it later today !
Got to get the works van for its MOT this afternoon .
I'll try and post pics or video to document the process.
 

Micawber

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Other than being a bit stiff they look in pretty good order and should come around well. You haven't seen stiff leather until you've revived 100 year old harness that has sat neglected in a barn for decades. With a bit of time and patience you'll be amazed at how leather can be brought back to life.
 

Carl

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Other than being a bit stiff they look in pretty good order and should come around well. You haven't seen stiff leather until you've revived 100 year old harness that has sat neglected in a barn for decades. With a bit of time and patience you'll be amazed at how leather can be brought back to life.
Hoping these will come back to life Steve to allow the knitted liners to be placed back inside .
shall start the process tonight allbeing well .
 

jeremiah

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Here’s what I would do.
immerse them in warm water. Not hot and not ice cold.
room temperature would do fine. Let them get soaked. Let them drip dry and then lay them on a towel and allow them to dry in an area that is not exposed to heat of of any kind. Not dark though. Just a cool dry area. When they seem like they are almost dry, apply a very liberal portion of a conditioner you like to use.
then continue to let them dry.
it will work.
 

Carl

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Got them wrapped in a plastic bag at the moment after soaking them down a bit . I think they had been given a liberal coating of PECARDS previous to me owning them ?
 

jeremiah

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Plastic won’t let the air get to the gloves which will dry them slowly. I try to avoid sending any leather products in the post wrapped in plastic but maybe it won’t affect the process. It’s just what I have been told what not to do.
 

Smithy

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Carl is following the instructions for the product which I think is wise. I have seen the museum technical conservator do this with a number of differing objects before. Apparently it creates a specific atmosphere in which processes are controlled and heightened. He's a professionally trained and qualified conservator so I trust he knows what he's doing.
 

Carl

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Well I do believe there is a result going on !! . The instructions do say to leave for 24 hrs . 12hrs have elapsed so far ! Fingers crossed !
 
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