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Product Focus: Specialist Hand Tools for Conservation

When it comes to specialist hand tools, we like to think we’re the experts! With over 50years of experience in working closely with conservators to design and manufacture to very specific specifications, our team are confident that you won’t be disappointed with our specialist conservation tools.

The below examples have all been developed as a result of bespoke requests and are now available to buy on our new online store. However if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss what you need and we’ll be more than happy to prepare a quote.

Wax / Cyclododecane applicators tips

These Wax / Cyclododecane applicators tips offer precision application for use with either the 1EM, or 1E / 1EC heated spatulas. This applicator is available in two different sizes, small and large.

Applicator Compatibility:

◦ Small Applicator: 1EM / 1E / 1EC Heated Spatulas. £75 GBP

◦ Large Bowl Applicator: 1E / 1EC Heated Spatulas. Cost £84 GBP

Find out more and purchase here.

Flexible thin blade Heated Spatula / Tacking Iron

This innovative flexible bladed heated spatula (or tacking iron), has a variety of uses from accessing difficult to reach areas, to assisting with the removal of dry mounted objects and pressure sensitive tapes.

The flexible bladed heated spatula / tacking iron has an ultra thin spatula blade with full temperature control from ambient up to 150 degrees C, through the Willard ‘special’ model Control Unit (please see our Control Units). The hand piece is supplied with a flexible lead that attaches to the mini transformer and regulates the spatula’s ultra low operating voltage. The transformer has a 1m lead which is connected to the ‘Iron’ socket mounted on the rear panel of the Special Control Unit. N.B This tool requires a Willard Special Control Unit to operate, sold separately.

Find out more and purchase here.

Grooved E Heated Spatula

This ‘grooved’ heated spatula is custom designed for precise, localised work on edges and corners when re-mounting easel paintings on stretchers. Willard Heated Spatulas are used in leading professional conservation studios worldwide thanks to their proven accuracy, durability and extreme reliability.

All Willard hand tools, including this custom made ‘Grooved’ E heated spatula, are hand crafted by Willard technicians, to the same unique high standard that has built the Willard reputation for more than 50 years.

N.B: All Willard heated spatulas require a Willard Control unit (Standard or Special) to operate, these are available separately.

Find out more and purchase here.

Special & alternative tips to fit 1E & 1EC Heated Spatula

This collection of special heated spatula tips (shoes) are the result of bespoke customer requests for specialist conservation projects and are now available to purchase individually or as a set.

This range of specialist tips have been designed to fit & operate with the 1E and 1EC range of Heated Spatulas and are identified as types H, J, K, L & M. These tips cost £75 each or £295 for a complete set of 5 tips.

Find out more and purchase here.

As we manufacture all Willard Hand tools and tips within our UK workshops, we are always happy to discuss the production of different bespoke tips to meet individual requirements and will always be pleased to consider possible variations, so if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, please ask us.


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