We’re joined by special guest host and material scientist Anna Ploszajski as we try to unpick how conservators approach the materials they use for treating objects: what do we look for and how do we use them? Kloe takes us through her thought process when she tries a new paint range and Jenny encourages people to share their low tech testing. Also tune in for a Dear Jane about whether or not conservators need to be artistic. 01:48 Getting to know your materials 03:50 Are specialisms a myth? 05:55 Trying new things 12:01 How do we find and test new materials? 18:44 Kloe’s experiments with Lascaux Sirius and textiles 44:56 The practical side of testing something new 48:36 Dear Jane 51:53 Patreon shout out Show Notes: - Handmade podcast: https://www.annaploszajski.com/podcast - Oddy testing: http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Oddy_Test - Accelerated aging tests: https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Accelerated_aging_test - Lascaux Sirius colours: https://lascaux.ch/en/products/colours/lascaux-sirius-watercolours Support us on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/thecword Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Anna Ploszajski. Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. A Wooden Dice production, 2020.