Care of silk badges question

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    • #133487
      Elsa Huxley
      Member

      From Virginia Weygandt: “Our historical society was founded in 1897 by a local group of GAR Veterans who donated, among other things, wonderful silk badges, many with enamel and/or metal medals attached. We have considered, and tried, many ways to preserve, store, and make them easy to access, but none have proved satisfactory. Any help and suggestions would be appreciated. Cost is a factor.”

    • #133490
      Ella Rayburn
      Member

      Here is what I did at our historical society. Mixed media is always a challenge. Select acid free tissue appropriate for silk. Light weight acid free poster-type board. Cotton thread, if you can’t find it use embroidery thread that you unravel. Either side of the medal, poke a hole (remove the medal first) then tie the medal onto the board, padding under the thread with a strip of tissue. I slip the thread under the medal. As needed can pad under the medal to keep it at a proper plane. I then make an envelope of mylar. 3_D objects can be quite fun to figure out best storage methods.

    • #133489
      Virginia Weygandt
      Participant

      Thanks, Ella. We were working on the same idea, so it looks as though we are on the right track.
      Virginia

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      Virginia Weygandt
      Participant

      Thanks, Ella. We were working on the same idea, so it looks as though we are on the right track.
      Virginia

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