I only made one paper bear as part of my MA course work but was asked if it was for sale. I would never sell the original as I'd not considered how archival the materials would be. I sourced a few more copies of the book but as they were all decades old, the paper was already deteriorating. .
The pH tester pen tests for the acid in paper.. the pale yellow lines at the top of the pages shows the acid is high. After searching reviews I found several people recommending Make it Acid Free and bought some on Amazon for about £30.
I sprayed boths sides of each page and retested with the pen. The lines stayed blue indicating that the acid was neutralised. Perfect! ...Or so I thought, but next morning the blue lines were yellow again. I wasn't sure if the spray was faulty so retreated the pages several times but with the same results.
The Amazon seller agreed to refund my money if I returned the can. When I looked up postage on Royal Mail it turns out it is illegal to send aerosols through the post so it should never have been sent in the first place. This seems obvious when you think of the hazard it could cause. Eventually I did get my refund without having to return the can but I did feel bad that the seller was out of pocket.
In my essay I am exploring the use of the book as an emotional object and looking at our attachment to certain books. I'd love to hear your opinions or if you have a few minutes spare and would like join in tell me which book , if any, you have an attachment to. I don't mean one you just read or enjoyed but something that has strong meaning for you.
For me (tho I have several) it is a particular edition of Hans Anderson Fairy Tales which I owned as a child. I don't know what happened to it but I still search the junk shops for that exact edition. I can remember the musty smell, the colour of the cover, the loose pages and the memory of reading it under the bedcovers by torchlight. Another would be Maisie Middleton which I read to my daughter every night when she was little, for probably more than a year ..I can still recite it from memory.
I would be great if you would send me a photo or scan of your book cover (tho don't worry if not)and a line about where or when you acquired it and what it means to you.
As well as being incredibly helpful to my research I would like to include them in a book... only with permission of course.
..thanks in anticipation
I'm following my bliss.