From the news today: Beard of Egypt's King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy
Now tell me if this sounds familiar to you:
The conservator said that the mask now shows a gap between the face and the beard, whereas before it was directly attached: "Now you can see a layer of transparent yellow."
Another museum conservator, who was present at the time of the repair, said that epoxy had dried on the face of the boy king's mask and that a colleague used a spatula to remove it, leaving scratches. The first conservator, who inspects the artifact regularly, confirmed the scratches and said it was clear that they had been made by a tool used to scrape off the epoxy.
You know, I always feel bad when I try to fix a cracked neck post or something and make a huge mess of it, but now I can at least take some small comfort in the knowledge that professionals make the same mistakes.