Preservation of canonballs

Preservation of canonballs

Post by Chris Yate » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Does anyone know how to prevent canonballs
cracking,flaking, and splitting?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Preservation of canonballs

Post by Larry Marsa » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00

DO NOT REMOVE IT FROM THE WATER !!!!!
Once it is removed from the water it will deteriorate very quickly.

Sea Ya,
Larry

 
 
 

Preservation of canonballs

Post by Andrew Meshe » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00

larry I have a buch of "recipies" for preserving iron/steel i
need to know some tings about the artif. how big,weight, about
how old and how long in the water (salt,fresh) .. the only thing
you need do till you figure out how to preserv.. is keep it wet
if you let it dry out and it was in salt water it will crack from
the salt crystals forming inside the metal (this is very bad....)
    look forward to hearing from you  
                        AndyM.

 
 
 

Preservation of canonballs

Post by Donna Sou » Tue, 29 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:
>Does anyone know how to prevent canonballs
>cracking,flaking, and splitting?
>Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Yes. You can either leave the cannonball on the site or take it to a
conservation lab where it will cost about $2000 and take about 3 years to
properly conserve.

D.

 
 
 

Preservation of canonballs

Post by Grant MacLe » Tue, 29 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>Does anyone know how to prevent canonballs
>cracking,flaking, and splitting?

I assume it's from salt water.  The secret is to soak it in fresh
water for a looonnng time.  I'm not talking weeks, I'm talking months.
I soaked one for a a year and a half.  Change the water occasionally.
If you could soak it in a lake or river that would be ideal.  If it's
small enough you can put it in the back of the toilet.  Seriously!
Fresh, constantly changed water.

Take it out, let it dry naturally, clean it with fine steel wool or a
brush and treat it with something to
keep the air off it.  I used Tremclad but the purist cannonball
scroungers probably don't agree.

I have heard of people drying them out with a very low temperature
setting in the oven but I've not tried that myself.

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