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1.75" military coin mounting and knife?

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by Trish, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    I have several 1-3/4" military coins to mount in a customer purchased shadow box. replacing felt with a Cresent Blue Suede mat. Currently planning the clear plastic coin mounts. Would Silicon be a better option - customer thought so, if yes what is best product for this. Case will be traveling by car thousand miles.

    Military Knife mount. Fishing line vs plastic mount?

    Thanks for advice
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  2. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    If those coins are valuable or collectable I would not use any adhesive on them. Coin collectors are more pedantic than art collectors when it comes to the state of purchases. The customer may opt for the cheaper option now but could regret this later and blame you.

    For a heavy knife I would look for a ready-made mount if one was available or, failing that, use fuse wire rather than fishing line which is prone to stretching and losing its strength over time. It would be necessary to fix any attachments for the knife to a strong backing board rather than to the mat card.
  3. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Clear polyester film (aka Mylar-D) "spider" mounts would be my choice for mounting the coins. Clear film straps probably would work for the knife as well, but formed rod mounts might provide better support. These methods are low cost, low risk, mechanically secure, and less conspicuous than molded plastic mounts.

    You can find descriptions and instructions in the Grumble archives, or The Complete Guide to Shadowboxes and Framing Objects, available from the PFM and PPFA Bookstores and other book sellers.

    artfolio is right; use no adhesive in direct contact with anything that is or ever could become valuable or collectible.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2019
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  4. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

  5. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    thank you- yes i do have your book! I agree with no adhesive. Customer suggested since its for his 90 year old fathers retired military box. I will stick with the conservations methods.
  6. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

  7. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    Thank you. I mentioned to customer an adhesive was not advisable. I'll stick with these suggestion. A grandchild may end up with the memory box and want to have the value down the road.
  8. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    The coins mentioned are probably what are known of as Challenge Coins. They are made for specific purposes; events, branches of the military, special training, etc. The may have value, but they always have ranking and that's where the challenge part comes in. The story goes that when at a bar frequented by military personnel, the person with the most "valuable" coin gets his drinks on other people's tabs. The challenge is when someone shows up with a more valuable coin.
    Framing the ones earned by service personnel should be archival (spider mount works just fine). Other, and I've framed a few for veteran support groups that are more for marketing purposes, are generally attached to the backing with GE hot melt glue. This is the stuff that was developed to protect precious metal solder joints in circuit board connectors against corrosion.
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  9. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

  10. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    Thanks. Still not fiding
  11. Pat Kotnour

    Pat Kotnour SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    For future you may want to check out my web site www.attach-ez.com. We now have USB's or DVD's with 7 1/2 hours of demos that will show you easy, archival methods to mount just about anything that ever comes through your door.
  12. Donald

    Donald Grumbler

    Not quite right. Challenge coins are issued by the unit. The challenge at the bar scenario, is when challenged,you must be able to present your coin. No coin, you pay for the next round of drinks. If you do have your coin, the challenger pays.

    There is no "rank" in challenge coins.

    GUMBY GCF SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Don you must be an old salt.. Semper Fi

    Navy seal customer came in fro some framing one day to pick up his framing and gave me challenge coin went in back and grabbed mine out of my draw. .. Boy was he suprised...when I handed me my Marine Corp. 7th Marines coin...

    By the way in mounting coins I reverse bevel cut the opening no adhesive no mylar. Just a hair small and the bevel lets it fit tight just like the coin collector books you buy.
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