Our #bkmconservation team is constantly exploring new treatment options for our collection. Part of this involves experimenting with new technologies that can offer us gentle and time-efficient solutions for cleaning. With that in mind, one of our objects conservators recently organized a laser-cleaning workshop for our laboratory, as well as conservators from other institutions and private firms across the city. Martin Cooper, of Lynton Conservation, lectured and provided a demonstration of the Compact Phoenix™ laser system developed by Lynton Lasers for use in conservation workshops and small-scale site work. We learned about many of the various laser-cleaning applications, and also had the opportunity to test the laser on a complex object from our collection.

The object is a carved wooden box originally intended to hold ushabtis in an Egyptian tomb chamber (from the Third Intermediate Period). The surface was obscured by a heavy accumulation of dirt and dust. The sensitive gesso surface covering much of the box complicated the treatment significantly. Following initial dry cleaning of the surface, other techniques proved problematic. While the only effective method of cleaning involved wet cleaning with a water-based solution, this risked solubilizing the surface, and was also potentially damaging to lifting areas that were prone to flaking. 

After careful testing, the laser was found to be an ideal tool for removal of the sooty dirt that was engrained on the surface. The dirt absorbs the light output by the laser, causing it to briefly heat and nearly instantaneously generate a force, expelling itself from the surface. Because the laser cleaning does not involve touching the actual surface of the piece, it was remarkably effective in even the most delicate of areas. Additionally, the rapid yet gentle pulsing of the laser make it incredibly efficient. This cleaning that might otherwise have taken weeks was accomplished in just five short hours.

For more information about laser cleaning, see this description on the Lynton Conservation website.

Posted by Dawn Kriss  and  Kate McEnroe


My order arrived today!!
My husband and I plan to use these bits on toy and doll customs.

The foils are for his figures and effect parts. The star/moon sequins are for my flower crowns, and the Laser Lace (or unicorn veins, as I’ve seen them called on nail art videos) are for various experimentation.

I’d like to try the laser lace on some doll parts. Maybe cut it into a shape first, then glue it down to the part and seal.

Special project for a Marine battalion doing a 25th year Desert Storm reunion. We built and laser engraved the box. The gun has been slicked up with some machine work custom grips and cerakote #metalefx #custom #cerakote #laserengraving #marines #desertstorm #marpat #igmalitia #1911 #concealed_carry_nation #America #weaponsdaily #design #guns #gunlife #gunpics #gunporn #webuildcustom #wedoeverythingcustom

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So I created a Spike Spiegel light box with my laser. It has a led tea light inside it, and I made it to where you can remove the paper in case you just… Didn’t want it. It has a inner box that is removable that the vellum is attached to. I may remove that in other boxes. I’m not sure yet.

But I’m completely done designing these! They are so fun but so hard to make! This version is ten inches tall and six inches wide. (Absolutely massive.) I have them for sale on my Etsy. Also I’m going to try and make some other light boxes soon, maybe Pokemon. I’m not sure yet!

imagine adrien/chat doing cat things like:

-gentle affectionate headbutts

-getting stuck in places




-being still and theN ALL OF SUDDEN GOES NYOOM (like that scene in the park where he starts dancing we need more hyperactive chat/adrien pls)

-Bringing ladybug gifts (not dead stuff but he see stuff and like OOO: MUST SHOW LADY)

-knocking stuff over randomly



-is very flexible

Do you have nice handwriting?  Want to make a little money or get a laser-engraved box in trade?

I am putting together a series of boxes – a faerie finding kit, a vampire-hunting kit, and so on – and instead of normal inventory lists I want to do handwritten lists from the “original owner” of the box.

It’d be as much as 2-3 pages of handwriting, with nothing fancy, not calligraphy, and all you’d have to do is copy on to the paper I give you.  If you wanted to add your own touches – doodles in the margin or even tweaking the words slightly – I’d be happy to pay extra for that.

I can’t pay a ton, but what I can definitely do is take some of this massive collection of wooden and paperboard boxes that I have (seriously I have over 100) and custom paint and engrave one of them for you to just about any spec.  I have ones with glass covers, ones with false bottoms/secret compartements, ones that look like treasure chests, all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Interested?  Let’s talk!  Preference given to Chicago folks since we could meet in person to make the exchange.  Send me a message or email me (my tumblr user name at

For all the talk of the placelessness of our digital age, the Internet is as fixed in real, physical places as any railroad or telephone system ever was. In basest terms, it is made of pulses of light. Those pulses might seem miraculous, but they’re not magic. They are produced by powerful lasers contained in steel boxes housed mainly in unmarked buildings. The lasers exist. The boxes exist. The buildings exist. The Internet has a physical reality, an essential infrastructure, a ‘hard bottom,’ as Henry David Thoreau said of Walden Pond.
—  Andrew Blum