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  • Tips on Cleaning that Medieval Footwear

    Posted on February 4th, 2011 admin No comments

                                     

    While we all know that it’s a lot more fun to collect your medieval collectibles than it is to clean them, it’s still important to make sure it gets done. A good way to make sure that they get cleaned regularly is to write out a schedule so you’ll know when it needs to be done. Keeping your collectibles clean and in showcase condition will help them to last much longer. While you’ll find a lot of information on the right way to clean helmets, shields and medieval swords, it’s hard to find a lot of details on medieval shoe cleaning. This article was written expressly to help you learn how to keep your medieval collectibles look their very best from your helmet to your footwear. We will even provide you with the information you need to know where you can go to purchase new medieval boots and shoes.

    But before we get to that, you should write out a cleaning schedule for your collectibles. You may need to clean your footwear very often, depending on how it is displayed in your collection. For example, if you store your medieval footwear in a glass display case, you won’t have to clean it as often as you would if they were stored in another way. You should try to clean your medieval collectible items about 3-4 times each year in order to keep them looking their best. Obviously, that cleaning rule would have to be changed depending upon your situation.

    Once you decide upon a schedule that works for you, you should then think about the type of footwear you have in your collection. This is important because you will need to clean leather materials differently than you would clean metal footwear or other materials. For example, your metal medieval shoe or boot collectibles should only be cleaned with a special oil or wax. If you have any leather pieces in your collection, you’ll need to use a special cleaner and preserver to clean it properly. Never use a wire brush or other type of rough cleaning tool on any type of footwear as they can become damaged very easily. Keep all of your footwear away from water as it will cause a lot of damage to both leather and steel collectibles.

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  • Starting a Medieval Armor Collection

    Posted on February 1st, 2011 admin No comments

    Choosing the right kind of armor to fit your needs can be stressful and confusing. There are many different eras of armor and styles. Popular armor collections are often based on Medieval, Roman or Greek styles.

    The first thing to do to start off your collection is to determine what era and style of armor you are looking for. If you want it all, that makes the collection easier. If you want a specific era and specific style, pinpoint it at the beginning.
    Also, at the beginning of the collection process, it is good to determine what pieces of the armor you are looking to collect. Decide if you want the full armor with helmet, chest plate, gloves, shoes, arm and leg guards or just bits and pieces to display separately.

    When determining which pieces of armor you wish to purchase, keep in mind your possible display space. If you are in a studio apartment, an entire Roman Knight may not fit. A few helmets displayed on the fireplace mantel may work better. Shields and breast plates can always be hung on the wall to conserve floor display areas.

    If your armor collection is going to be used as costume pieces, then you will also want to consider the sizing of the armor before purchasing it. Most places, including medievalcostumesandgifts.com, offer sizing information for their products.
    If you are not looking to use your armor as costume pieces, you may also be interested in miniature versions of the armor. These will save space in your display area and often offer as many details as the full-sized replicas.

    Do your research before spending your cash. Many places offer replica armor. Some of this replica armor is battle-approved. Some armor is purely only meant for costume or display purposes. Depending on what you plan on using your armor for, make sure you are aware of the differences.

    Armor collections are a unique and growing interest. Armor helmets make for interesting display pieces. Researching the history behind helmet styles will make your collection even more interesting to visitors. Having a plan when starting your collection will benefit how it turns out in the end.

    Most of all have fun when planning your collection! There are tons of different options for armor. Be aware of what you are looking for and enjoy the new pieces!

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