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Contributors: Samantha Springer, Colleen Snyder, Liz Homberger, Ozge Gencay-Ustun, Christian Hernandez, Robyn Hodgkins, Jason Tran, Kelly Schulz, Bodil Unckel, Siti suhailah Salim, Nor Aini Omar, Lynn Chua, Eric Breitung , Catherine Stephens, Bella Buscarino, Michele Derrick, Emma Guerard, Natasha Kung, Mikaela Marchuk, Emily Frank, Yan Choi, Adelheid, Hansen, please contribute and see your name added here!

Disclaimer

Oddy testing information is provided for informational purposes only. Neither AIC nor participating institutions endorse particular products, businesses, or services. It is recommended that all materials be re-tested before use as proprietary formulas and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Photographs of test results are included where possible for users to make their own assessments of the materials tested. Test results are not peer-reviewed or vetted and should be used at your own discretion and should be assessed in conjunction with the provided protocol.

Background

written 2012
There has been some historical resistance to making institutional Oddy Test results public based on a number of issues:

  1. There are various protocols making it is impossible to ensure standardization of results.
  2. The Oddy Test is merely one method of materials testing and evaluating the suitability of a material for exhibition.
  3. Products change over time so there is no guarantee that results will relate to the product over time.
  4. Conservators fear that product manufacturers or suppliers will find the information problematic.

The first three concerns are certainly true, but even with these caveats conservators continue to perform Oddy Tests and informally share the results. This section of the AIC wiki has been created with the belief that by sharing protocols and images of results, conservators, conservation scientists, and other collections care professionals can consider the results themselves for their own purposes. A product that fails an Oddy test may be approved for use in certain circumstances and so this page should be considered merely as an additional tool when researching products.

General information about the Oddy Test can be found on the following page: Oddy Test See also the The British Museum Occasional Paper Number 111for a comprehensive materials testing methodology for selecting storage and display materials.

updated 2017
The benefits and development of these pages were presented by Colleen Snyder and Samantha Springer at the Conservation and Exhibition Planning Conference in 2015 held at the Lunder Center. A repeat and updated version of the presentation "Putting the Wiki Platform to Work: Sharing Material Testing Results" was given by Springer at the 2017 Annual WAAC Conference in Salt Lake City. The presentation was video recorded and is available online.

updated 2018
A workshop on the Oddy Test and Materials Testing will be held at the AIC Annual Meeting in Houston in May 2018. Educational materials of benefit to the materials testing community will be available here at the completion of the workshop. We are excited to announce that results on the database tables will be linked to CAMEO and vice versa starting in the spring of 2018 thanks to a number of volunteers who have offered their assistance. Additional volunteer help is always needed. Please contact the Materials Database Coordinator.

Testing Protocols

To inform the results found on the following tables, the specific protocol used by contributors will be added to Oddy Test Protocols. We currently have contributions from 8 different individuals or institutions.

Results Tables

The tables now include results from other materials testing methods, such as the sodium azide and photographic activity test.


Other Resources

Links to other lists of tested materials- test results found here have been incorporated into the tables above.


Links to resources, webpages, and articles about materials testing and choosing materials for use with cultural heritage objects and artifacts:

How you can help

Become a contributor

NEW Information!! The Oddy Test Material Databases and CAMEO are joining forces. Looking for a way to contribute? Volunteer and help us create links between these two great resources. Please contact the Materials Database Coordinator and cc the AIC e-editor if you are interested

  • Have Oddy Test results or other Material Test results that you want to share? We are looking for more contributors. Please look over our Best Practices Guides below and get in touch with the Materials Database Coordinator if you have any questions. Please include as much relevant information as possible in your message, attach any images or supplemental content and include Oddy Test wiki as the subject line.
    • If you aren't already an AIC wiki contributor, contact the AIC e-editor for more information and to let her know you're interested.
    • If you are already a contributor but would like a refresher on how to use MediaWiki, check out the AIC wiki training video as well as the other resources in the Getting Started section of the Main Page.

Add Oddy Test Results to a Table

  • Check out the Results Tables to find out what information you need to include.
  • We now have a template for collecting test results allowing you to more easily follow best practices and with wiki code shorcuts built in. This is a link to a Google Sheet version of the spreadsheet template guide. If you want an excel version please contact the page editor to have it emailed to you directly.
  • Follow our Best Practices for inputting the information and taking photos:
To make the Color column sortable: list the general color first, followed by a general descriptor if applicable, e.g "Red, dark" OR "Brown, speckled"
For easier comparison between Results Images, check out these tips on our Photography Cheat Sheet available as a pdf Pdf logo - small.gif.
  • Copy and paste the code for an entry on the table and then write over it with your information, or copy from the templates below. You don't need information for every column, but you do need to leave the vertical lines to keep everything lined up within the tables.
  • Have a spreadsheet or other document listing your results? View this video on how to streamline converting data on a spreadsheet into wiki code to minimize cutting and pasting. The video is also summarized into written instructions available as a pdf Pdf logo - small.gif. If you need any assistance or advice on this process contact the Materials Database Coordinator.

Contribute your Testing Protocol

  • Check out the other Protocol descriptions
  • Use the same protocol as one already on the wiki page with minor modifications? Add in a heading and list your variations.
  • Follow the protocol outlined in a published format to the letter? Just list that reference and tell us how long you've been using it.
  • Best Practices:
Include an anchor before the heading for your protocol, so that links to your protocol on the results tables can take you to the correct place on that page. See below for the code or this page for how to add an anchor (see 1. Internal Links and then scroll down to internal link to an anchor).

Contribute a Manufacturer or Supplier

  • Just add an external link to the manufacturer or supplier website on the appropriate Database page.
  • Is there something that's missing? Please add it,for example a link to the CAMEO database, other wiki page, or other website.

Contribute to the References/Bibliography/External Links

  • Found a great article, book, or website on Material Testing related to choosing safe materials for use with cultural heritage materials? Add it to our Bibliography or to the External Links on the appropriate test results page.

Code Templates for adding to a Database Table

  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Fabrics Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer/ Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used: Oddy Test, PAT, Sodium Azide||Comments||Color: Hue, shade||Description/ Composition||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Case Construction Materials Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer|| Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Adhesives and Tapes Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer|| Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The relevant code for adding data to the Exhibition Paints and Sealants Table:
    | Material Name||Manufacturer||Supplier||Test Results: PASS, FAIL, Temporary Use||Date tested yyyy/mm/dd||[[Oddy_Test_Protocols#Tester|Tester]]||Test(s) Used||Description/ Composition||Comments||Material Type||[[File:results image name|100px]] ADDLINEBREAK |-
  • The code for adding an anchor on the protocols page so that the link in the table will take you to the correct place on the protocols page: Put this on the protocol page above the header: <div id="NAME"></div> .
    Put this in the table: [[Oddy_Test_Protocols#NAME|NAME]]
  • the code for linking to an image within the table: [[File:filename.jpg|100px]]