The Preservation Pencil was first available in 1989 and since that time hundreds have been supplied all over the world. The product has proved to be one of the most versatile conservation tools.
The preservation pencil provides fine delicate jets of moist (or dry) air, from ambient to 100°c, and is used for removing glue, resins, old labels, separating layers, activating adhesives and enzymes, relaxing and cleaning. Cold moisture produced by the humidifier is heated by the Pencil to a desired predetermined temperature, which remains at a constant level managed by the control unit.
Features over alternative steam units:
How does it work?
The Preservation Pencil utilises cold mist produced by the Ultrasonic Humidifier(240v model shown) which is heated by the control unit, the desired temperature is selected at the unit which then remains at a constant precise temperature level. The digital display shows the actual working temperature. Adjustment is made by dialling the selected temperature, the control unit will then automatically adjust the Pencil and display the actual temperature. The available temperature range is from ambient 100° C, users find the lower temperatures very useful especially for cleaning with enzymes. The dry air facility is especially useful for low temperatures adhesives such as Beva 371 used in oil painting conservation.
Conservators continually find new uses for the product and quote "How could we manage without it".
Ultrasonic Humidifier required, sold separately, please see 'Recommended' tab below
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