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Topic: silver or metal on embroidery - will it stain?  (Read 1018 times)
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« on: September 26, 2013 02:52:40 AM »

As it says, really. I like to attach real objects to my textile art - silver spoons, antique metal buttons etc, and it occurred to me to worry whether in the long term it is going to damage the fabric and thread.
Anyone know? Tried this themselves?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013 06:28:17 AM »

It might stain. I would think that anything that can "tarnish" will eventually stain the fabric.

I wonder if you could cover the spoon or buttons in clear shellac? That way you'd keep the shiny-ness, but it would cut down on eventual tarnishing (by blocking out the air) and it provides a barrier between the fabric and the item.

I know some women do this with cheap metal jewelry. Especially those that have metal allergies. I would imagine it would work with embroidery too.

Just make sure the shellac covers the items (maybe you just want the back of the button/spoon covered cause you want the tarnishing effect to show). And let them dry completely.

Might work. Never tried it though.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013 08:18:10 AM »

I don't know if sterling would stain, surgical steel I don't believe would. I agree though, take some clear fingernail polish and brush it over the metal/silver and it will protect it. I've done it before on cheap jewelry to protect my finger from turning green.  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013 10:05:23 AM »

Thanks. Nail varnish sounds easy,and would be removable if it went wrong.
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