Tutorials and Training | Curatorial Tasks

Stringing Specimen Labels

To ensure that the string for labels is cut to a standard length, the MVZ uses a wooden board with nails, around which the string is wrapped. This board is kept on the central table in the curatorial area. Since labels are tied in 100-lots, and these again into 1000-lots, it is considered easier to do the work in units of 10.

Cutting string

Use only the MVZ board designated for cutting string with No. 8 cotton thread.

    1. Fasten thread to the base of the right-hand nail with a piece of tape.
    2. Carry the thread around the needle (in the middle of the board) and back to the nail.
    3. Wind ten times and cut at the nail.

Stringing labels for skins

    1. Draw a thread through each hole in the label.
    2. Place ends of thread together, keeping them even.
    3. Loosen the loop of thread from the label, pull this loop out far enough to make one complete twist in it.
    4. Draw the ends of the thread through this loop.
    5. Pull them tight to the mid-point of the label.
    6. Make a loose knot in the string.
    7. Place the label with the string end exactly on the line marked 13/16”.
    8. Place the loose knot over the needle and, while holding the label in place, pull the ends of the string parallel to the side of the label.
    9. Pull the knotted thread off the needle and draw the knot as tight as possible.
    10. This should place the knot exactly one inch from the end of the label – if it is not, then loosen the knot and try again.
#4: Draw the ends of the thread through this loop.
#5: Pull tight to the mid-point of the label.
#8: Pull the ends of the string parallel to the side of the label.

Stringing tags for skulls

The procedures for stringing skull or collector tags (i.e., tags with only one hole) are the same, except that you put both ends of the string through the hole and you do not need to make a twist in the loose loop of thread.

After 100 labels are finished, tie them together in a bundle. When you have 10 of these bundles, tie them together in a 1000-label bundle.