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Enamel Pin Care 101 for New Collectors

Welcome to the wonderful world of enamel pin collecting! At The Gray Muse, we understand the joy and excitement that comes with building your collection. 

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, taking proper care of your enamel pins is essential to keep them looking as vibrant and beautiful as the day you got them! Here are some tips and tricks to help you store and care for your beloved enamel pins.

Keep Them Safe and Organized

Proper storage is essential for maintaining the quality and appearance of your enamel pins. Display cases with a glass front are a fantastic option, as they keep your collection organized, protected, and free from dust and dirt buildup. Corkboards or fabric-covered pin boards are also ideal, offering easy access and the flexibility to rearrange your pins as desired. Or, if you need a portable solution, consider using storage binders with clear plastic sleeves designed specifically for pin collections, which help keep your pins in pristine condition wherever you go!

the gray muse enamel pin collection

Handle With Care

Enamel pins are durable, but they still require gentle handling to prevent scratches, dents, or discoloration! Be mindful when handling your pins to avoid dropping them on hard surfaces, which can cause chipping or scratches. Always handle your pins with clean hands to avoid transferring oils or dirt that can tarnish the metal or dull the enamel. And to prevent them from rubbing against each other and causing scratches, store pins separately or use protective backing cards.

Keep Them Squeaky Clean

Keeping your enamel pins clean will maintain their shine and vibrancy! Use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe away any dust or fingerprints - microfiber cloths work wonderfully for this purpose. And for tougher grime, use a mixture of mild soap and water. Dampen a cloth with the solution and gently clean the pin, but avoid soaking the pin to prevent damage to the metal and enamel. After cleaning, ensure your pins are completely dry before storing them to prevent any moisture damage.

Secure Your Pins

The backing of your enamel pins is just as important as the front! Rubber backings are great for everyday use as they provide a snug fit, but check regularly to ensure they’re still tight. For added security, especially for larger or more valuable pins, consider using our Deluxe Locking Pin Backs. These provide extra grip and reduce the risk of losing your pins. Be careful not to over-tighten the backs, as this can damage the pin post or the backing itself.

deluxe locking pinbacks

Show Off Your Collection

Displaying your enamel pins is one of the most enjoyable aspects of collecting. You can create custom frames with fabric backgrounds to pin your collection on and hang them on your walls! Alternatively, get creative with DIY displays, using items like shadow boxes, corkboards, or even string and mini clothespins to showcase your pins in a unique and stylish way.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your enamel pins remain as beautiful and pristine as the day you added them to your collection. And don’t forget to explore more at The Gray Muse to find the perfect additions to your collection! Happy pinning!

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