Over the next couple of months I'm going to attempt to organize the questions and answers by posting, in depth, one topic at a time. Today's topic is Decal Storage.
|Tried and True Design|
Have you ever put a decal in water and the whole thing fell apart? Bet you thought it was because it was an old decal. Nope.
The cover coat more than likely was damaged due to the decal enduring too many temperature variations...hot to cold, cold to hot. If decals are kept too warm the cover coat and wax paper separator can soften, thereby causing the decals to stick together or for the wax paper to stick to the decal. Store decals at room temperature (68° F to 74° F). Extreme temperatures should also be avoided . .. . below freezing or above 90° F.
|Another Tried and True Design|
Decals should not be stored in piles as the pressure can force the decals to stick together and may become damaged no matter how carefully you attempt to pull them apart. The wax paper that usually separates the decals can 'stick' to the decal. If this happens be sure to peel the wax paper off before soaking the decal in warm water. You may have to gently scratch some of the wax paper off with your fingernail or dip your finger in a bit of water and gently rub it off.
|Photo Box Storage|
|On slumped wine bottle?|
|Metal Filing Cabinet from Joann's|
|Celtic Knot Fused Glass Card|
The last place that I store decals is in metal filing cabinets that I purchased from a Joann's Fabric and Craft Store that was closing (because a Super Store was opening).
When I was owner/operator of American Heritage Ceramics oh so many years ago, I packaged the decals in clear poly bags and organized them on a pegboard system and in themed 3-ring binders in clear sleeves so that not only was it easy viewing for my customers, but the decals were well protected.
I have customers that store their decals in recipe boxes, photo albums, shoe boxes, old metal lunch boxes, etc.
The main thing to remember even when storing decals 'on edge' is not to pack them too tightly; otherwise, you will get the same results as you would from storing them in piles...decals that are stuck together!
Come back in a couple of days to read more about decals. I've got lots of decal info stored in my head and hope that maybe a bit of it might be useful to you.
If you have specific questions or have a decal topic you would like more information about, please post!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!
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