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#1 avigo

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:29 PM

I have some smalls I want to display.

Specifically, I have a military metal stamp (one of the long hammer type metal stamps) that I want to display.

I was thinking of putting it on an acrylic stand inside of a glass or acrylic case.

 

Is acrylic truly archival?

 

Is there a different way that you guys would recommend doing this?

 

Are there other materials that are more archival? Basically I just want to make sure the surface the item is constantly touching will cause no harm to it whatsoever.

Thanks!
 



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:45 PM

Basically just curious what a museum would use as a stand to place a small object on inside of a case. Thanks!



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:26 PM

Probably a felt pad for the item to be displayed on inside of a glass case would be best. If there are any specific stands meant for what you are looking to display then it might be good to look into those. If you wanted to hang the item and the item already has a hold in it, glue or tape some felt to a piece of cardboard and attach the item by use of a long skinny pin. Don't pierce the cardboard with the pin but just the felt. Then place the cardboard into a shadow box and hang on your wall or wherever you want to place it. That's what I did with some of my items!

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:39 PM

Yes, acrylic is about as archival (unlike polyester) as can be had - for display of objects.

 

Acrylic becomes a lot like glass, whereas polyester never fully cures.

 

So, I'd make sure the display mount (or however it is planned to be used) is in fact acrylic.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:39 PM

Probably a felt pad for the item to be displayed on inside of a glass case would be best. If there are any specific stands meant for what you are looking to display then it might be good to look into those. If you wanted to hang the item and the item already has a hold in it, glue or tape some felt to a piece of cardboard and attach the item by use of a long skinny pin. Don't pierce the cardboard with the pin but just the felt. Then place the cardboard into a shadow box and hang on your wall or wherever you want to place it. That's what I did with some of my items!

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Thanks! Ive been told felt/ velvet is not an archival was to display things. Do you know if that is true?

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:40 PM

Yes, acrylic is about as archival (unlike polyester) as can be had - for display of objects.
 
Acrylic becomes a lot like glass, whereas polyester never fully cures.
 
So, I'd make sure the display mount (or however it is planned to be used) is in fact acrylic.


Thanks! Would regular glass be better?

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:14 AM

Thanks! Ive been told felt/ velvet is not an archival was to display things. Do you know if that is true?

 

I'm not sure actually. Here is a link to an article about archival materials I found. I use felt for some things but it may not be the best long term.

 

http://www.home-museum.com/howto/HowToArts/Materials/materials.htm 

 

Hope it helps!

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Edited by huntssurplus, 03 January 2018 - 08:14 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:22 AM

About the same, only more fragile - if that happens to matter in this case.

Thanks! Would regular glass be better?

 



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 02:10 PM

Also keep in mind acrylic can scratch a lot easier than glass.

 

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 02:14 PM

Thanks! I just want to make sure that putting a metal object on an acrylic stand won't cause any problems to the object if it is displayed like that for long periods of time




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