Whether you are an experienced thimble collector or a newcomer to the hobby, showing off your prized possessions to others is likely to be on your mind. Sterling silver thimbles have a pristine appearance if they are cared for properly. Here are some ideas to ensure your thimbles are seen and appreciated by others
Take The Time To Clean Often
Like all collectibles on display, your thimble collection needs routine care to keep pieces looking their absolute best. Cleaning your thimbles does not take a lot of time or effort. Simply use a clean toothbrush dipped in a solution of water and a mild dish detergent to scrub against your thimbles using a gentle motion. Dry each one afterward with a piece of microfiber cloth so dust does not end up on their surfaces. Use your cleaning sessions as a time to reposition your thimbles in their display area if you wish to showcase different pieces at timed intervals.
Take Care Of Oxidation
Sterling silver tends to tarnish due to the natural oxidation process that occurs when the air hits your pieces. If you have antique thimbles, they require a bit of extra care to reduce tarnishing. Boil water in a pot on your stovetop. While this is occurring, place a metal or glass pan in your sink and line the interior with a piece of aluminum foil. After the water comes to a boil, remove it from the burner and allow it to cool. Add about half a cup of baking soda to the pot and wait for it to dissolve. Place your thimbles in the pan inside of your sink. Pour the water and baking soda solution over the thimbles until they are completely covered. The aluminum foil when in contact with the solution will remove the silver sulfide from your pieces. Drain the pan and dry each thimble with a clean piece of microfiber cloth.
Show Off Your Pieces In Style
To protect your thimble collection from excessive dust accumulation, consider placing each piece inside a cabinet with shelving and glass doors. Use stands for thimbles you find exceptional so they stand out from the rest. Use a staggered approach so thimbles are positioned at several levels rather than placing them in a straight line. To showcase your thimble collection further, use illumination to present features. Add small battery-powered lights placed above the thimbles. For even more mystique, use colored lightbulbs.
For more tips on taking care of a sterling silver thimble collection, reach out to a local crafts and hobby store.