Martin2001
--- Instructions ---

 
You may encounter three types of folds on these prints:
1. A simple, neat fold.
2. Like no. 1, in addition a strip of thin paper was glued to one side of the fold. The print was bound with other prints through this strip (tipped-in), so the print would not affected by binding. Most of the prints have this type of fold.
3. Like no. 2, except that the fold is irregular with some creasing - the worst condition.
 
You will need the following tools:
1. Flat surface to work on.
2. Piece of heavier paper  (e.g. like Manila File Folder available in any office supplies store.)
3. Piece of a regular blank Xerox paper.
4. Thin masking tape.
5. A wood clay tool used by the sculptors or something similar.
 
Step 1. - Fig. 1. (Type 2 fold is shown).
 Place a print on a flat surface.
 
 
Step 2. - Fig. 2.
Shows the smoothing tool. A coffee spoon is a sufficient substitute. Place a  piece of heavier paper under the fold. Place the Xerox paper over the fold. With your left hand hold the assembly together so the individual pieces do not move. Steadily start pressing and moving the tool back and forth over the fold. Continue from one end to the other. After you go over approx. half of the print, move both papers along the fold so there is always  paper below and above the fold.  Turn the print upside down and repeat the  procedure. (The light green paper in the photo is the heavier paper, off white color is that of the print and the Xerox paper is shown on the top; dark green color is the working surface).
 
 
Step 3. - Fig. 3.
Cut a piece of masking tape, about half inch longer than the print. Wait approx. 60 seconds to allow the tape to 'contract' and carefully place the tape over the reverse side of the fold. Lightly press the tape and trim off the ends.
 
 
Step 4. - Fig. 4.
Repeat the procedure described in Step 2 on both sides of the print. The photo below was taken under the same lighting conditions. The fold is  much less visible than before.
 
 
Step 4. - Fig. 5.
This photo shows a sample strip with a simple, neat fold (Type 1).
 
 
 
Step 4. - Fig. 6.
This photo shows the condition of the fold after it has been smoothed out. The fold is almost indiscernible.
 
 
Fig. 7 - 10.
Show Fold Type 3, an irregular fold, back and front of a test strip. The last  picture is the final result.
 
Before:
 
 
Before:
 
 
After:
The fold is discernible, but much less then before.
 
 
You can also reduce the effect (visibility) of the fold by placing the picture on the wall opposite the window so the light does not enhance it. Side lighting (in the case of a vertical fold) or spot ceiling lighting (in the case of a horizontal fold) would tend to increase the visibility of the fold.
 
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