returning to bloomington i am now again at the auxiliary library facility volunteering in the preservation department with the paper conservator doug sanders. last week he decided to demo an activity for a class he'll be guest teaching for the museum studies department, so we made some oil pastels. it was much easier than i expected (or maybe he did all of the hard work) and they turned out quite well.
besides that, i've been working on various adhesive removal or masking tape, both with acetone on a small suction pad and using a heated metal spatula - the technique depends on the age of the masking tape. the older masking tape (on a certificate confirming someone's graduation from an italian school) required the acetone, while the newer tape had yet to really harden so heat was enough to relax and remove it.