Using dental molding compounds to record data in zero-visibility underwater environments

Claire Peachey


Conservators use a variety of molding materials in their work, and some of the most helpful are those borrowed from the field of dentistry. Working in an underwater or otherwise wet environment, dental molding compounds are particularly useful as they are designed to set under such conditions. This paper describes the use of a dental molding putty to gain information from 40-foot long iron submarine buried in a zero-visibility marine environment.

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2003 | Washington DC | Volume 10