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ilbasso
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posted 03-25-2009 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any recommendations on displaying signed Beta cloth patches? I have one that was signed by a crew in 3 separate colors of Sharpie - blue, black, and green. Can I safely display it behind archival (plexi)glass, or should I just keep it filed away?

Spacefest
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posted 03-25-2009 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cloth items, such as flags and beta cloth are best sewn at the corners to matboard.

If plexiglas or glass is used, a mat should be used to keep the item from touching the glass.

sixturners
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posted 04-07-2009 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sixturners   Click Here to Email sixturners     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was hoping someone could tell me exactly what type of silver pen was used to sign the STS-1 25th Anniversary photo sold by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation?

I purchased the 8x10 version of this photo and the silver autographs are the best I have seen. I am planning to send out a beautiful 11x14 night launch photo to be signed and I was hoping to use the exact same pen. Can any one tell me exact make and model the pen in question? I spent a lot on the photo and if it comes back I want it to look nice and last.

Anyone know?

capoetc
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posted 04-07-2009 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by sixturners:
I was hoping someone could tell me exactly what type of silver pen was used to sign the STS-1 25th Anniversary photo sold by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation?
I have a copy of the STS-1 print too, and it does look very nice.

Why not just contact ASF and ask? They have always been very easy to deal with, and helpful too.

sixturners
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posted 04-08-2009 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sixturners   Click Here to Email sixturners     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, I gave that a try and someone was going to get back to me, but that was a month or two ago. I will give it another shot.

dsenechal
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posted 05-21-2009 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sharpies came along in 1969, and presumably took awhile to become established as the tool of choice for signing autographs. Before Sharpies, aside from a ball-point pen, what writing instruments did the astronauts (and other celebrities) use for signing autographs?

minipci
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posted 08-08-2009 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm wondering what pen type would be best for an astronaut autograph inside a book, a ball point pen or a Sharpie?

Are there any particular reasons for preferring one over the other? Any drawbacks?

Are any other pen types encountered? Thanks!

AstroAutos
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posted 08-11-2009 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does ANYONE know what comes in silver and would still look nice without having the hassle of the metallic markers? I'm really struggling here as I don't know what else would be good to use... HELP!

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Fra Mauro
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posted 08-11-2009 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would putting a piece of wax paper over a gold pen autograph preent it from sticking to the opposite page or will the wax paper just adhere to the autograph itself? Alan Bean signed his new book in gold and it is a difficult thing.

xlsteve
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posted 08-12-2009 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fra Mauro:
Would putting a piece of wax paper over a gold pen autograph preent it from sticking to the opposite page or will the wax paper just adhere to the autograph itself? Alan Bean signed his new book in gold and it is a difficult thing.

I had a similar problem with his book. I also have Mission Control: This is Apollo which was signed by Alan Bean on the left page, and Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl on the right. This means that the signatures touch each other when the book is closed. With the humidity of late summer I found the dry signatures were getting tacky. The first thing I did was to leave the books open to dry for a few days. My wife is into scrapbooking, and gave me an acid-free piece of paper which I trimmed to size and inserted as a slip sheet. This seems to work pretty well. I thought about tissue paper, but my wife said that it could bond to the signature. I'm not sure about wax paper, but my gut tells me that it is not acid free, so it could affect the paper in the book. Also, you run the risk of the wax degrading over time. You can get acid free paper at most craft stores and even Wal Mart's scrapbooking section.

spkjb
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posted 06-25-2012 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you please send recommendations on how to write on materials, ex. beta cloth, flags and other materials?

It seems like many I have seen on internet and auction sites tend to fade. Is there a preferred pen/and or ink to do this?

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