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Okay Lynette, that is just disgusting!
No more onions on my pizza!
I agree, soft plastic can increase tarnish, hence my wrapping my threads in acid free tissue before placing in the plastic pocket to prevent / reduce this.
I keep a couple of small silica sachets in my goldwork stash cd storage box.
One of my goldwork tutors recommended hard plastic containers for storing metal threads as against soft plastic which she thought was likely to cause tarnish. A closed hard plastic container may not be best for you as it may well trap moisture in your humid environment. Another of my tutors uses only acid free paper or acid free 'plastic' bags (they look like cellophane), with all packed into an acid free cardboard box.
Any way you can keep moisture out would be good, and obviously resist the temptation to run those gorgeous threads through your fingers every time you look at them :)
Here is a hint from a very prominent tutor who told me once that if you eat eggs & onions, they come through the pores of the skin & permanently mark whitework or goldwork. Especially goldwork which tarnishes very easily. This not an "old wives tale" - it is fact.
Arlene, it seems a good idea to keep the moisture low and oils from hands off metal threads as much as you can. Plus, keep out of strong light. Anything that retards tarnish would be advised. I handle with soft white cotton knit gloves whenever I cut pieces, as it is humid in my area as well.
Thank you Allison and Cara, both would work as I have some small items and others rolls of.
I just wondered if you store silcone sacks with them to absorb moisture, as I live in the Tropics and it's humid here most of the time, and the gold tends to tarnish a little.
I store my gold work supplies wrapped in acid free tissue in the floppy plastic wallets for cds which I keep in a cd storage box. I put a stiff piece of acid free card in each wallet to make it less floppy and a label in the top right corner to tell me what's in the pocket.
This system allows me to sort my supplies according to type and colour but also keeps them neat and tidy and away from my "helpful" cats. I know this system wont work for huge amounts of thread, but works well for most stashes.
I'm new to Stitchin Fingers, I've been doing a variety of hand embroidery techniques and am mainly self taught. I enrolled on a Royal School of Needlework Certificate Course last year and am currently doing my crewelwork module. To gain the Certificate, I will also need to complete modules in Blackwork, Beginners Gold work and Silk Shading.
I store mine in a plastic storage container (11 x 16 inches) that has been subdivided into small compartments. In the lid is placed a typed description of what is in each compartment, i.e., #1 pearl purl, #3 pearl purl, etc. When the lid is opened each compartment is visible and a key to contents is readily seen.
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