I’ve recently got an old paradisea male with a repaired forewing. A large missing part of the wing has been repaired with four matching pieces. The repair is perfect, hard to see from above, absolutely flat from both sides, no traces of glue visible. Also it is touched up with a kind of paint or pigments.
My repairs are poles apart from this. We have discussed about the kind of glue here several times, but I don’t know a sort of glue, which enables such a good repair. I have seen such repairs for several times, always at older specimens. Seems the former generations of collectors have been better in such things.
Can anybody explain how this repair could be made?
I, too, use normal Elmer's white glue.......but.......I pre-mix it with 50% Isopropyl alcohol. When it evaporates, nearly no glue residue is present and the glue film is incredibly thin. Using this type of glue allows for time to position pieces carefully, whereas super-glue dries too fast Also, the 'wetness' of the glue with alcohol seems to favor wing pieces coming together as opposed to globy glue that seems to actually repel pieces going together.
There is nothing wrong with a nice repair job like the one shown. Sometimes I repair a specimen and other times I just leave it alone. It just depends. Naturally, repairing with the exact same wing part from the same species is ideal, but I do have a spare parts box (actually three or four) that I'll match colors to from other species.
Yes, it is that cheap bottle of Rubbing Alcohol one can get in every drug/grocery/convenience store. It dillutes the glue nicely and leaves no trace when evaporating except a thin layer of glue holding the wing pieces together. Try it on a junker first, so you are comfortable with it prior to using it on something special.
Oops---I forgot to say that I mix it up and use it whenever I need it. It is kept in an air-tight container. I used to mix up a batch every time and my good friend Beetlehorn suggested I make up a batch and keep it for the future. I am using, today, the batch I made up last winter. Just shake it up and go with it.
I am not a huge fan of repairing wings. I have used the age old glue, egg whites. It will dry and becomes almost invisible. However, I was recently at WalMart and found clear Elmer's Glue. Like Bill said, add a little alcohol to thin it down and the stuff becomes completely invisible when dry.
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2011 9:46:11 GMT -8 by leptraps