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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Preventing damage while storing

Have you ever stored your trolls for a while, only to pull them out and be dismayed by the damage? Moths, fungus, and bacteria can be a huge problem for your collection - even if they are just in a curio! Recently in the Yahoo Damthings group, the subject was brought up, and some great suggestions were given, so I thought I would post it here :-).

Cedar or lavender are both great repellants for little buggers that might decide your trolls look like an excellent meal (plus, they both smell wonderful in different ways!). You can buy cedar picket at Home Depot or Lowe's, and chop it into smaller sizes, or you can get cedar chips and make a sachet. Lavender can be purchased from a local market or online. You can even sometimes find premade sachets of lavender in department stores. I have found online to be the best (or rather, the easiest) source of dried lavender. The added benifit of using lavender is that it is also antibacterial and antifungal. Lavender essential oil can also be used. Though premade sachets of both cedar and lavender can be purchased, its much cheaper to make your own. There are many sites online that tell you good ways to go about making sachets.
Place the cedar or lavender in the box, or in the curio with your trolls, and it will help minimize damage to your trolls.

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