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Old 20-06-2012, 09:20 AM   #1
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hi all - just got an upgrade Fairylite Stingray box and its supa dupa

it is a wee bit crumpled though and I would like to press or iron it

the easiest way to do this would be to flatten it and then carry on, however due to the age I'm a bit concerned the card might be a bit dry and could split if I flatten it

any ideas anyone

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Old 20-06-2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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I'd suggest that you go to a DIY market and let them cut a block of wood which just fits inside the box. Then carefully insert the block of wood without tearing the box apart, use a baking paper (sorry don't know how this is called in English) and start to iron. Carefully, of course.
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Old 20-06-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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great idea

so you would definitely avoid flattening it..?


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I'd suggest that you go to a DIY market and let them cut a block of wood which just fits inside the box. Then carefully insert the block of wood without tearing the box apart, use a baking paper (sorry don't know how this is called in English) and start to iron. Carefully, of course.
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Old 20-06-2012, 10:38 AM   #4
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Well it depends on the status of the card board, especially how the edges look. But I guess, I would avoid flattening it. Before having a block of wood cut, you need to make sure that you took the measurements from the inside of the box, not the outisde. Or if you want to cut the wood by yourself, you also could use some balsa wood, which is very light. The better your block of wood fits the box, the better the ironing will work.
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Old 20-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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hi - ok I got back from work and very carefully flattened the box

I did it very gingerly and didn't force it at all - there is a lot of spring left in the card so under the iron it will go later - its amazing how much of a difference a run over with a hot iron will make, presumably because the moisture in the card is heated and turns partially liquid and then re-sets..?

or is it because the fibres soften when warm..? I think that would still be due to the above though..?

thanks for your input though Transporter
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Old 20-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #6
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right - just gave it 10 minute going over with the iron

iron quite hot, no steam, clean sheet of paper over the top of the box, reasonable pressure, immediate difference - it was gently warped from years of storage and is now really flat

tomorrow I will give it another go - fab
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Old 25-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #7
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Glad to hear that works! I've got an old Dinky Mobile box that needs some attention.
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Old 25-06-2012, 06:14 PM   #8
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hi Jeff here's my overview: this works like magic if the box is gently warped

if its just been bent its easy but if its been a bit damp or stretched a bit then its trickier: when you iron it you are forcing it back into shape and you can get very fine little stress creases appearing where the stretched card is being pushed back into a smaller area if you see what I mean..?

I got a couple of these little creases on the stingray box but the overall look is hugely improved so I don't mind

ideally flatten the box if you can and put under some books first - I couldn't do this with the stingray box as it is very solidly glued

I have used steam sparingly but generally you don't need it

also do it repeated in stages rather than trying to blast it flat all at once

hope some of this helps
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Thanks Mike! That'll get me started!
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Old 25-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #10
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no worries 1 last thing - put a piece of paper over the box, don't iron straight on it!

this can hinder as you can't see directly what you are doing but just go carefully
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I have found a quick sqirt of spray starch helps.
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Old 26-06-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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I have thought of using starch but never got round to trying it, I've used a bit of steam if its bent a lot

ideally you would collapse the box and just press under a load of books then iron if need be, however unless you are a conservator it can be risky to collapse the box so I don't always try it
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... however unless you are a conservator it can be risky to collapse the box so I don't always try it
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