Animal glues: a review of their key properties relevant to conservation

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Journal Article


Schellmann, Nanke C.;


Reviews in Conservation, Volume 8, p.55-66 (2007)


Collagen-based animal glues are widely used in the conservation of artefacts, serving as adhesives, binders and consolidants for organic and inorganic materials. With a variety of different animal glues on the market, such as hide and bone glues, fish glues, isinglass and gelatin, their individual properties need to be well understood in order to choose a glue fit for a specific purpose. This paper reviews a wide range of publications on currently available animal glues, with respect to their specific physical, chemical and mechanical properties.