He's crafty! His patch game's tight.

by Bill Cable - Executive Editor
on 2018-02-07, 08:14:18

Greetings loyal readers! Have you ever looked through your gigantic box full of Star Wars Celebration swag patches and wondered, "What the hell am I gonna do with all this crap?" Join the club! I've personally been struggling for years with a pile of patches that seems wasted just shoved into bags and boxes, never again to see the light or be appreciated.

The problem is that organizing them is difficult. A lot of people go with top-loader CD storage binders, which work OK as long as the patches are of typical size. But lost in that solution are those multi-piece puzzle patch sets you worked so hard to complete. And those are the best patches there are!!

The obvious choice is to mount them - but patches present a very challenging problem. No mounting material will stick to them. The backing is wax, so tape and glue won't stick at all. Anything that would stick will damage the patches.

After puzzling over this dilemma for a good, long while, I had an epiphany. And I'm happy to share it with you!

We start with an artist's portfolio. I went with an Itoya brand 11 X 14 Art Presentation Portfolio; number one because I didn't care if it was expandable, and number two because it's very affordable.

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Now I hear you saying, "That's great and all, Bill - but you still don't have any tape that'll attach your patches to the paper inserts! You're an idiot!!" And that, my friends, is where inspiration struck. I was thinking, "Maybe I could use a razor and cut slits into the sheets, and put the corners of the patches into those slits." Might have worked - but there's something better that kinda already does that same thing. Photo corners.

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These are the little cardboard things you use for photo albums when you don't want to tape down and damage the photos. I went with Canson brand photo corners, because they are highly-rated, self-adhesive, and Prime eligible. All it, my total cost for the project was $20.

How did it work out? It was very successful! (Who's the idiot now?!) I was only interested in including the patches I myself designed (or helped to design) because I'm a giant snob. But it was easy enough that I can see filling several of these portfolios with patches over the course of an afternoon. It worked best on the large "uncut" patches. The reason I went with an 11x14 portfolio was because my largest uncut patches were around 10x13.

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It also worked very well on the puzzle-type patches that presented the most challenge. There is a black gutter on most (not on the Celebration Europe set - because that one had kind of a unique design that allowed me to mount them on non-overlapping corners). But I actually kinda like the gutter effect.

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The only patches it didn't work so great on were the circular ones. There are no corners to grab (imagine that!), so I did my best to grab edges on four sides and hope they don't slip out. I was able to... pull Madine's finger on that patch...

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If you have a collection of patches you'd like to organize in such a way that you can share them with your friends, I highly recommend this solution. It's cheap, easy and effective! And if someone else already invented this idea - well I didn't see it so I didn't steal it!





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