Username Post: FABRIC RICKRACK        (Topic#1587369)
dlanvinson
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Hello -

I searched Rickrack and see that some of you have used it on your projects/sb pages.

I've been buying it at thrift stores when it comes in a color I like with the intention of using it on my sb pages. Some of it is VERY OLD. I opened one package and it said "new things to make in 1971!"

Anyway, has anyone used fabric rickrack and do you think it is safe to use or should I spray it with something first.

I seemed to remember that I should use Archival Mist but I can't find it anywhere so I think I must have the wrong name...?

Thanks for the help! Dori


 
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In response to dlanvinson

There is a product called Archival Mist - at least there used to be, it might be discontinued now but there are similar products - but I think most of us just use fabric and ribbon as they are without spraying them with anything.


 
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In response to aquabunny

I use the rickrack and ribbon without spraying as well. So much of it is sold in the scrapbooking areas of the big box stores anymore too.


 
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My understanding is that fabric is acid-free and is safe to use with photos.


 
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  • Vae on 04-25-13 05:38 AM
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Is this the kind of think that you can test with a PH pen? I think most new fabric is safe to use, but I think Dori is more concerned about the stuff from the 70s and I think it's good to be cautious about it. But I don't know if those testing pens would work on fabric. Does anyone know?


 
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@Vae - Yes, the usability of the Older rickrack was my main concern. I could get a ph pen and try it if you think that would work. ??

Thanks for the help! Dori


 
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In response to dlanvinson

Good point about the pH pen. Hang on, let me go and check. I was just gifted some ivory wedding ribbon from... ooh I'd say the '60s!


 
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Well poo. I wrote a big old post about my findings, and it vanished into the ether. Grr.

Basically I tried my pH pen on my lovely ivory wedding flower trim that the old lady down the road gave me, and it was so NOT acid-free.

But then I tried my pen on all the other white stuff in my ribbon'n'fibres box (lace, ribbon, string, baker's twine, raffia) and I didn't get a purple reading on any of it. Even things I'd got in a scrap-book shop and know should have been acid-free. So maybe the pen doesn't work on fabric?


 
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  • Bev1 on 04-28-13 03:20 PM
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If your uncertain just make sure it doesn't touch your photos and you should be ok.HTH


 
dlanvinson
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thanks Bev1! That does help. I'll just be sure to not have it touch the photo's. I'm sure the newer stuff I have is fine but the older stuff concerned me.

Thanks Everyone!! Dori


 
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In response to dlanvinson

Am I missing something here?

It's FABRIC, right? How does it look now? Has it discolored? Is it brittle? Has it damaged the package it was in?

If it hasn't deteriorated in the 40+ years since it was manufactured, I would assume it's not going to harm your scrapbook pages.


On a slightly related note: If you use something highly acidic on your scrapbook page, it doesn't matter if it TOUCHES the photo or not! The acid WILL leach and travel. It may take longer to damage the photos, but it still will.

This seems to be a myth that is perpetuated --- 'it's okay as long as it doesn't touch your photo.' NO!


 
dlanvinson
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No, nothing wrong with it that I can tell - it looks just like all the other newer rick rack I have so it must be fine. Thanks!


 
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In response to dlanvinson

I have rickrack from the 50's, 60's and 70's and I have used them in layouts and after 10 years they are still looking like they are new

Happy creating
Dori


 
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  • JL56 on 04-30-13 07:11 AM
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I hace used ric rac from the 70's and had no problems.


 
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I have used ric rac and I haven't had any problems I love playing around with it on my pages!


 
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So I guess what we've learned from this is that fabric probably IS OK to use on LOs, but the pH tester pen doesn't work on fabric.


 
dlanvinson
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Ok, I have used the fabric rickrack as a border on my son's prom page BUT I'm not sure I like the colors that I chose. I'm leaving it though just to see if the rr stays on with the glue dots I used so its kind of a tester page.

And, my son told me that he hopes the RR dOES ruin it because he does not like that girl anyway. SO.....I guess we'll see how it looks in 10 years because I am NOT to display that page as I do the others I make.

Kids!! : )

Thanks for the help! Dori


 
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In response to dlanvinson

I've been using ric rac for yrs and never thought about what it was made of before reading this post.


 
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