Newspapers serve as a snapshot of time, recording the world as it stood on a specific day in history. You might be saving an article about your grandfather, or your child's birth announcement. Maybe you won the science fair, or had a record time in the relay race. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long before the paper starts to look brittle, and not much longer until it's coming apart.
Makestuff.com has these instructions on how to preserve newspaper clippings. All you need it one magnesia tablet and club soda. Here's how they suggest you make the preservation solution.
- Mix magnesia tablet with one quart of club soda
- Let stand overnight
- Stir and pour into a pan
- Lay newspaper clipping in the pan and let the soak for 1-2 hours
- Remove the clipping, gently pat dry with a towel
Don't forget to test this on a small piece first. You'll also want to keep your clippings in a dark place. Avoid folding it if you can, and place them in a photo sleeve for safe keeping. Do you have any of your own tips for preserving newspaper clippings or other delicate papers?