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[[File:421-5850.jpg|thumb|Bubble wrap<br>Credit: University Products]]
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
  
Introduced in 1960 as a trademark of Sealed Air Corporation, Bubble Wrap was formed from a double layer of plastic film containing sealed bubbles, or air pockets, between the layers. The bubbles provide cushioning and are often used to provide some shock and vibration isolation  Bubble wrap is typically made from [[polyethylene]] films, but some brands may be composed of [[polyvinylidene chloride]] or [[polyvinyl chloride]]. The permeability of the film can result in deflation of the bubbles overtime.  Some versions, such as Aircap@ [Sealed Air] and Polycap@ [Ipsind] have and additional layer of nylon that prolongs the lifetime of the bubble. Maximum cushioning is provided with the bubble side toward the object, however, direct contact with the film may leave marks and sharp edges may break bubbles.  Some of the problems can be mitigated by placing two bubble layers face-to-face.
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Introduced in 1960 as a trademark of Sealed Air Corporation, Bubble Wrap was formed from a double layer of plastic film containing sealed bubbles, or air pockets, between the layers. The bubbles provide cushioning and are often used to provide some shock and vibration isolation  The name is now a generic term; as such Bubble wrap is thought to be made from [[polyethylene]] films, but some brands are composed of [[polyvinylidene chloride]] or [[polyvinyl chloride]]. The permeability of the film can result in deflation of the bubbles overtime.  Some versions, such as Aircap@ [Sealed Air] and Polycap@ [Ipsind] have and additional layer of nylon that prolongs the lifetime of the bubble. Maximum cushioning is provided with the bubble side toward the object, however, direct contact with the film may leave marks and sharp edges may break bubbles.  Some of the problems can be mitigated by placing two bubble layers face-to-face.
  
[[File:BwrapPACCIN.jpg|thumb|Package wrapped in Bubble wrap]]
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[[File:BwrapPACCIN.jpg|thumb|Package wrapped in Bubble wrap. Image credit: PACCIN]]
  
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
 
== Synonyms and Related Terms ==
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Bubble Wrap@; Bubblewrap; bubble-wrap; Artifact bubble wrap; bubble pack; bubble paper; air fill; Air Cap; Polycap; Luftpolsterfolie (Deut.)
 
Bubble Wrap@; Bubblewrap; bubble-wrap; Artifact bubble wrap; bubble pack; bubble paper; air fill; Air Cap; Polycap; Luftpolsterfolie (Deut.)
  
== Forms and Sizes ==
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== Applications ==
Bubble wrap is usually sold as rolls with widths up to 72” wide. Bubble sizes can range from 1/4” to 2“ diameter; typically 3/16”, 5/16” and ½”. Perforations optional (e.g. every 12”).
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* Packing and cushioning material with interleaving tissue
It is available in versions that are:
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* Short-term transport, such as in field kits
* antistatic
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* sticks to itself
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== Personal Risks ==
* flat films on both sides
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[[http://www.sprproductinformation.com/manu_folders/SEL/MSDSBubbleWrap.pdf| Safety Data Sheet]]
  
== Applications for Storage Exhibit and Transport ==
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== Collection Risks ==
* Packing and cushioning material with interleaving tissue
 
* For short-term transport, such as in field kits
 
  
== Cautions ==
 
 
* Not for use in long-term-storage
 
* Not for use in long-term-storage
 
* Bubbles may deflate over time
 
* Bubbles may deflate over time
 
* Poly(vinylidene chloride) and Poly(vinyl chloride) films may release hydrochloric acid
 
* Poly(vinylidene chloride) and Poly(vinyl chloride) films may release hydrochloric acid
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* Tissue will not prevent the migration of acid.
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== Forms and Sizes ==
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Bubble wrap is usually sold as rolls with widths up to 72” wide. Bubble sizes can range from 1/4” to 2“ diameter; typically 3/16”, 5/16” and ½”. Perforations optional (e.g. every 12”).
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Varieties are available such as antistatic, with surfaces that sticks to itself, or with flat films on both sides.
  
 
==Additional Information==
 
==Additional Information==
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== Sources Checked for Data in Record ==
 
== Sources Checked for Data in Record ==
  
* AIC Wiki: A Collaborative Knowledge Resource: website http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Main_Page
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* AIC Wiki: A Collaborative Knowledge Resource: [http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Main_Page website]
  
* Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN): website http://www.paccin.org/content.php?62-Materials
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* Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network [http://www.paccin.org/content.php?62-Materials (PACCIN)]
  
 
* Marjorie Shelley, ''The Care and Handling of Art Objects'', The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
 
* Marjorie Shelley, ''The Care and Handling of Art Objects'', The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
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Latest revision as of 11:01, 24 June 2020

Bubble wrap
Credit: University Products

Description

Introduced in 1960 as a trademark of Sealed Air Corporation, Bubble Wrap was formed from a double layer of plastic film containing sealed bubbles, or air pockets, between the layers. The bubbles provide cushioning and are often used to provide some shock and vibration isolation The name is now a generic term; as such Bubble wrap is thought to be made from polyethylene films, but some brands are composed of polyvinylidene chloride or polyvinyl chloride. The permeability of the film can result in deflation of the bubbles overtime. Some versions, such as Aircap@ [Sealed Air] and Polycap@ [Ipsind] have and additional layer of nylon that prolongs the lifetime of the bubble. Maximum cushioning is provided with the bubble side toward the object, however, direct contact with the film may leave marks and sharp edges may break bubbles. Some of the problems can be mitigated by placing two bubble layers face-to-face.

Package wrapped in Bubble wrap. Image credit: PACCIN

Synonyms and Related Terms

Bubble Wrap@; Bubblewrap; bubble-wrap; Artifact bubble wrap; bubble pack; bubble paper; air fill; Air Cap; Polycap; Luftpolsterfolie (Deut.)

Applications

  • Packing and cushioning material with interleaving tissue
  • Short-term transport, such as in field kits

Personal Risks

[Safety Data Sheet]

Collection Risks

  • Not for use in long-term-storage
  • Bubbles may deflate over time
  • Poly(vinylidene chloride) and Poly(vinyl chloride) films may release hydrochloric acid
  • Tissue will not prevent the migration of acid.

Forms and Sizes

Bubble wrap is usually sold as rolls with widths up to 72” wide. Bubble sizes can range from 1/4” to 2“ diameter; typically 3/16”, 5/16” and ½”. Perforations optional (e.g. every 12”). Varieties are available such as antistatic, with surfaces that sticks to itself, or with flat films on both sides.

Additional Information

Bubble Wrap history: https://web.archive.org/web/20100923074021/http://www.bubblewrapturns50today.info/bubble_wrap_facts.pdf

Sealed Air products: http://www.sealedairprotects.com/eu/en/products/bubblewrap/bubble_wrap.aspx

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • AIC Wiki: A Collaborative Knowledge Resource: website
  • Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN)
  • Marjorie Shelley, The Care and Handling of Art Objects, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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