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Old 05-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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is it ok to use fibreglass dummies for uniforms? also is there something to absorb the odours produced for various materials
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:41 AM   #2
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Many older mannequins were made of a paper Mache thus causing a magnet for bugs. These types also attract moisture problems as well. I would strongly advise against these mannequins for any displays. Some other older plastics, and fiberglass mannequines also have a problem of out gassing. It's best to stay clear of these as well. Even though they are really cheap to buy.
Most newer mannequins (past 15 years) are okay. In the conservation world we use two methods to cover mannequins. A product called body stockingette used in plaster casting ( mostly used in the old plaster bone casting). It’s cotton and allows things to breath. Another thing to use is an old cotton tee shirt and long underwear. Of course make sure that they are clean and free of stains.
If you paint the mannequins use epoxy paint. Allow 2 week dry time for out gassing.
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply ,most of the body forms are new[fibreglass] but do have a strong odor ,do have a couple of older ones that have no smell but not sure what they are made from ,
Is there some thing i could put in the cabinets to absorb any odors?
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Even if you smell a slight odor coming off your mannequins they are out gassing. Of course the tunic is your item to do with as you see fit, but as a conservator I would not dress any mannequin that smells peroid.
The stockingette will not stop any out gassing. I like to also use the stockingette to keep the tunic from slipping around on the mannequin. Cedar wood pieces will change the smell, but will not stop out gassing. Mannequins that are out gassing will damage fabric. Of course it's your call.
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Hi,
Thanks for the help paul the manikins are now gone and so is the smell ,will activated charcoal absorb any odors as the wood for my cabinets is new.
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