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Get Your Arrowhead Collection Out Of The Coffee Can And Into A Display Case
Did you read my other article Hunting for Arrowheads and Other Indian Artifacts and now have a whole pile of arrowheads you need to do something with? Perhaps you have some arrowheads you found when you were a kid?
Regardless, of how you came by your collection each arrowhead is an individual work of art that should be on display, not relegated to a deep dark corner of the closet.
If you are going to leave them in the shoebox in the closet, you may as well donate them to me :) If you want to put your collection on display read on I will share some fun and easy ways to display your collection.
Image Courtesy of: Jeffrey Beall, on Flickr
Protect Your Arrowhead Collection Display It Properly
3 Things Not To Do With Your Arrowheads!
Well, let's start off with a few things not to do with your arrowheads and Indian artifacts:
- As mentioned above don't leave them in the shoe box or coffee can. You can't enjoy your arrowheads beauty, plus the possibility exist that your artifacts may be damaged jostling around in the can.
- Please do NOT! wire your arrowheads to a board. Again as stated earlier arrowheads are one of a kind works of art. Wiring them to a board detracts from their beauty, and wire can damage your irreplaceable artifacts.
- Don't glue your arrowheads down. Glue is less likely to damage artifacts, but if you're like me you want to be able to take them out and fondle them, or at least look at both sides. Plus if you ever spend hours removing the glue from the backs of artifacts that have been glued, you too will wonder why anyone would do such a thing.
Read on for some great display ideas...
Rykers Mounts an Easy Affordable Way to Display Your Arrowheads
Show off your Indian artifacts and save money.
What is a rykers mount? You may have seen rikers mounts used for displaying butterflies or pressed flowers
Rykers mounts are thin boxes made out of heavy cardstock, with a piece of glass in the lid. The two halves of the box are held together with pins. The boxes contain a piece of cotton batting, place your arrowheads on the batting, pin the lid in place, and friction will hold your artifacts in place, as easy as that.
Do you want to jazz up your display? Go to the local craft store and purchase a piece of felt in a color that shows off your arrowheads well. Trim the felt to fit the inside of the rikers mount. Voila a splash of color! Rykers mounts come in a wide variety of sizes from very small to quite large. Best of all these mounts are cheap.
Save Money Buy A Case Of 12 Riker Mounts 12"X16"X3/4
Wooden and Glass Cases to Display Your Artifact Collection
The best method to store and show your arrowheads
Wooden display cases are another great option. I like wood cases because of their solid construction. Many cases have locking hardware. The locks won't keep the burglars from getting your artifacts, but they will keep sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grand-kids, or anyone else from meddling with your arrowheads unsupervised. Wood shows off your artifacts nicely and you can pick wood to match your décor. Another nice thing about wood cases is that if you're handy you can build your own from scraps around the shop. Wood just adds a touch of
class that says: "I love my arrowheads".
If you love arrowheads you'll get wood.
Antique Display Cases
For the serious artifact collector
If you display your artifacts in a den or a man cave, antique display cases are a popular choice. I am talking about the type of cases you used to see in the old 5&10 stores, cigar shops or general stores. You can also find artifact cases that are furniture coffee tables, end tables, and such. Antique cases and furniture pieces can be a little pricey but, they do look cool. The ability to display your entire Indian artifact collection in one location is nice. Don't worry if you don't have enough arrowheads to fill a case, your other collections will look nice in there too. Your significant other will be happy not to have your collections scattered around the house.
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