Can't recall who I should email to take my name off the list. At the
moment it isn't, alas, really relevant to my work. Later, perhaps!
Best wishes, Jill
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From: "CAMPBELL, Gill" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: sewing buckets
We use plastic bowls with a large grid in the bottom that are sold here
as sieves for screening compost etc. We then clip nylon mesh into the
bowls for flotation and remove he mesh from the bowl after each
sample/or when it is full. The flot can then be dried on the mesh and a
new mesh attached to the bowl for the next sample.
With best wishes,
Head of Environmental Studies
Fort Cumberland Road,
tel: 02392 856780
From: The archaeobotany mailing list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jacqui Huntley
Sent: 27 January 2006 12:45
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: sewing buckets
half to an hour a sieve once you've done a few, which probably makes
than half the price of the, too small, 100mm diameter brass Endicote
sieves. The mesh, which we do get from Locker Wire Co (shame that I
noticed they produced wire mesh but may have decided against it 25 or so
ago on the grounds of how do you fasten it to bowls!!) is nylon and
robust. I think it correct to say that the bowls and/or stitching have
given way first and several of our bowls have been in service for some
Bowls are the most vulnerable because the dryng ovens too easily get
too high. We tend to use 2mm, 1mm, 500 and 300 micron although sometimes
commercial garden sieves, ca 8mm, to remove the largest stones after the
has been weighed/volume taken.
Does no-one else out there make their own sieves?
Quoting Stefanie Kahlheber <[log in to unmask]>:
> Dear Jacqui,
> thanks a lot for your detailed description! Though, I have the
> impression it is a lot of work - how long took it to sew one bucket?
> Another question, how durable is the plastic mesh you use? Is it
> suitable for coarse stony sediment, or is it easily cut by sharp
> and ceramic fragments?
> Best regards,
> Jacqui Huntley schrieb:
> >Dear Stephanie,
> >We've tried various methods over the years although only with plastic
> as I
> >don't know of a British source of wire mesh. We use plastic washing
> >these often have a convenient ridge around the base that is easy to
> >when removing the base.
> >We've found the most reliable to be a double set of stitching, each
> >stitch, using either nylon fishing line or a heavy linen thread. For
> >sewers, saddle stitch uses two needles and threads; pass one up
> >and the other down through the same hole, pull tight and move onto
> >We use a fine mounted needle heated in a Bunsen to make the holes
> >to be careful not to make them too large. Alternatively use robust
> >needles and a pair of pliers.
> >As long as the mesh is cut quite closely to the outer line of
> >sieve is easy to clean of the little material that gets caught under
> >We have tried all sorts of materials to seal this edge but they are
> >rigid and quickly break/flake or are flexible and get soft and sticky
> >put the bowls in the ovens to dry the flots. A thin layer of ordinary
> >paint works quite well for the finer mesh sizes and I have a 300
> >made more than 10 years ago still in good working order - it has only
> >careful owner' though and not a lot of work recently! The mesh is
> >using pale coloured bowls (luckily 'fashioinable' today!) it is easy
> >for possible contaminants.
> >Look forward to seeing what other methods have been used....
> >Happy sewing,
> >Jacqui Huntley,
> >English Heritage
> >North East Regional Science Advisor,
> >Bessie Surtees House,
> >41-44 Sandhill,
> >Newcastle upon Tyne
> >NE1 3JF
> >Durham University: +44 (0)191 334 1137 (also fax/answer machine)
> >Regional Office: +44 (0)191 269 1200 (Mondays: ... 1222)
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