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How do I remove epoxy from ivory

July 14, 2010

Q. I have a piece of ivory that was carved into a fetish by an Alaskan native. It had a metal bolero tie holder epoxied or glued to the back, but I thought it would look better as a stand alone piece, especially since I do not wear ties. I removed the metal, but I now have a round piece of epoxy or glue stuck to the back of the piece. I am afraid to try solvents on the epoxy or glue, because the ivory is porous. The piece has raw ivory, where the epoxy or glue is stuck, but is shined on the front and sides. I do not wish to soak it for fear of removing the shine or the painted features. What can I do ? Thank you.

Carol Lloyd

July 19, 2010

A. Try any solvent based paint remover.Mechanical removal can be option too(small,sharp knife or scalpel)-be patient and careful.Hope it helps and good luck!

Goran Budija
- Cerovski vrh Croatia

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