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How do you display your patches?

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Posted over 6 years ago

 

 My son has three cork boards, but I wonder if there is a better way. How do you display them?

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I buy large picture or print frames with glass. I staple red cloth the the cardboard and then use a small amount of hot glue on the back of the patch and then put them onto the red cloth and put it back into the frame. 

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I have them all stuffed in 3 legal size manile envelopes and shoved in a cabinet! My wife won't let me put them out!

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I have my patches i a loose leaf style binder with photos inserts being held to cardboard inserts by double sided tape.My wife also will not let me put them out.

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I have too many to display them all. The ones I do display are pinned to cork board in my office. I have the rest seperated by type and state and filled in a rubbermaid bin at home. I'm still trying to find a wall to put them on at home.

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IKEA HAS GREAT FRAMES THAT I USE TOSHOW THE PATCHES I COLLECT. THEY COME IN FOUR PACKS AND COST ABOUT 2.99. I USE A WHITE BACKING AND RIGHT WERE I GOT THE PATCH FROM. ONCE PLACED, IT MAKES FOR A NICE DISPLAY WHEN HANGING THEM ON THE WALL. THEY ALL LOOK VERY UNIFORM IN THE FRAMES AND HUNG IN STRAIGHT LINES. CHECK MY PROFILE PICTURES TO SEE AN EXAMPLE.

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IKEA HAS GREAT FRAMES THAT I USE TOSHOW THE PATCHES I COLLECT. THEY COME IN FOUR PACKS AND COST ABOUT 2.99. I USE A WHITE BACKING AND RIGHT WERE I GOT THE PATCH FROM. ONCE PLACED, IT MAKES FOR A NICE DISPLAY WHEN HANGING THEM ON THE WALL. THEY ALL LOOK VERY UNIFORM IN THE FRAMES AND HUNG IN STRAIGHT LINES. CHECK MY PROFILE PICTURES TO SEE AN EXAMPLE.

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I have gone from cork boards to foam board on the wall to those portable trifold display boards to finally having them in loose leaf binders placed on white paper with double sided tape behind clear plastic. As my collection grew this because the only sensible way to display them. This way I have them all divided up by state our country. I even have separate folders for the State Police patches, Special Federal Patches, Special unit patches such as Motorcycles. Some states I have just so many that they have their own 4" binder and in the case of Florida they fill up 2 4" binders and I may shortly have to go to a third one. I have close to a thousand different patches at this time. I have dozens of hats that are displayed on shelving that I built just for them and I have dozens and dozens of insignias, cap devices and breast badges that are either behind glass or displayed on a desktop.

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I had about 200 patches stuck in a few zip lock bags when i came to Singapore.  I found a great framing shop locally and took them all in and dumped them on a table in front of the owner.  The only instructions I had was to make them look good.  She took all of the patches, arranged them by shape and put them all on a flat blue back ground.  I came out with 5 frames in various sizes, the largest being about 4 feet by 3 feet and quite heavy.  Concrete walls have help them up nicely and they look great!  I guess it is time to go back to trading. 


Attached you will see 3 of the frames. 



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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I use cloth on the cardboard backing of picture frames. Most of the time the glass keeps the patches in place. A little hot glue can do the trick if needed. I also have a large shadowbox for the European countries where i have badges and patches.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Navyfiveo - that is really nice.  I am ashamed to say that ours are in ziplock bags by state in a box under the guest bed upstairs until I can figure out how to display them.  We did do a shadow box for all the pins we have collected somewhat like yours for the patches. 


Cathy J Hill
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cathyjhill says ...



Navyfiveo - that is really nice.  I am ashamed to say that ours are in ziplock bags by state in a box under the guest bed upstairs until I can figure out how to display them.  We did do a shadow box for all the pins we have collected somewhat like yours for the patches. 



Thanks Cathy.  Mine stayed in large freezer bags for MANY years too.  Now that I am single I can display all of the stuff that stayed in the attic.


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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

we are going to build a nice locked glass cabinet to display some of my collecton at our new station we are getting ready to build. the back of case is sismilar to the corkboards you buy at school supply stores

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Tacked to the wall making my wife mad!  do want to find someone to build a wood/glass case for them.

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

Currently, my patches are stored in cigar boxes.  You can usually get cigar boxes for a buck or two at a cigar store ...  they are very handy to keep from the element and store easily on a closet shelf.   A wall display case will be sometime in the future

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navyfiveo says ...



I had about 200 patches stuck in a few zip lock bags when i came to Singapore.  I found a great framing shop locally and took them all in and dumped them on a table in front of the owner.  The only instructions I had was to make them look good.  She took all of the patches, arranged them by shape and put them all on a flat blue back ground.  I came out with 5 frames in various sizes, the largest being about 4 feet by 3 feet and quite heavy.  Concrete walls have help them up nicely and they look great!  I guess it is time to go back to trading. 


Attached you will see 3 of the frames. 




Nice!

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

I go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, MJ Designs or even Walmart.


I get their "Movie poster" frame. If you'll watch the ads they some times have them on sale.


I can generally put 35 patches per frame

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

The Movie Poster Frames is a decent idea but do you understand that I would need 30 frames to display my patches? When you finally obtain a large amount the only practical way IMHO is to place them in binders with usually four patches displayed per page. You can divide them by state or specialty etc. When you get so many of one state you can have it's own folder.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

 My collection is in a locking metal file box, but I saw a display once which was unfinished, a black felt like cloth (quilt) stitched with white thread, the patches were in squares about 4" X 6" inches in size. 104 patches around the outside edge. Displayed on the outside edge were State Patrol patchesand US Goverment patches.  I'm looking to trade patches  too as I'm still collecting.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

This has been dead for three years.