[Scriptoris] Repair vs. re-do

David Brown lddevin03 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 8 08:28:07 PDT 2010

Thanks for all the advice but I think my decision is to just do it over again. I 
would not want to hang it on my wall as a repair or any ot

From: Elaine <eshc at earthlink.net>
To: "Scribes within Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <scriptoris at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wed, September 8, 2010 8:44:53 AM
Subject: [Scriptoris] Repair vs. re-do

There might be, if the damaged area is, say in a foliate area. If it is out 
there in the Wide Open Plains, it won't look well. I, personally, would just do 
it over. On the other side, ask yourself, would you want to get an award that 
has been pieced together?

The following method is not for presentation pieces but for a last-minute, 
down-and-dirty display piece that people are going to see only one time and not 
very closely, like an ad for something.

What you can do is to take identical paper to that which the work is on and 
anchor it down. When you anchor the damaged piece over it, make sure any laid 
lines or texture is aligned with the repair piece under it.

With a pointed and brand new xacto, cut out the damaged area, turning the piece, 
if necessary,  to cut cleanly through both sheets. This way, the bottom 
repair-piece will fit exactly into the hole in the damaged piece. Behind the 
piece, you can tape it with linen paper that bookbinders use to repair torn 
pages. If you have a tiny area, you could use the left-over area around a sheet 
of USPO stamps as a tape. Any other tapes might have glues that would seep 
through and discolor the edges of both papers.

Your dad's using it for carpet and linoleum is not like a repaired trophy's 
being handed out at a World Cup final to the new titleholders. (giggle) Everyone 
knows that flooring isn't made in strips that are completely room-sized, and 
their nature is that they have to be pieced. Now, (she said, giggling) just how 
large did you say the piece you are doing is sized?  Maybe you could get away 
with a repair? : -)

To save yourself some time in redoing it, you'll need a glass-topped table or a 
sheet of glass supported on both ends or a patio door's glass. Next, put a 
bright light below it. Place the ruined piece on the glass and top it with the 
new sheet. Trace or mark verrrry lightly, with dots to be connected later for 
the artwork and put some guide lines for the text. You' might want to take this 
opportunity to correct any lettering or spacing problems.

Another way is to put the ruined piece on the glass, paint-side down and the 
good sheet on top, good side down (yes, paper has "sides" due to its 
manufacturing process). Now, make your guide lines and marks. That way they will 
be on the back of the good sheet and you won't have to worry with erasing them, 
possibly damaging the new art work.

Now you can do a piece that is up to your reputation as a dedicated scribe. You 
just won't have gotten as much sleep......

For myself, I try to do things by a saying that comes from the Bible about doing 
something "heartily and as unto the Lord." Works for me....... Everyone 
eventually chooses their own criteria for how to work.....

Best of luck,


On Sep 7, 2010, at 6:01 PM, David Brown wrote:

> This is great advice. I thank you for sharing but the are that needs to be
> repaired is kinda big and that would be a lot of scraping. Is there a way to 
> out the section and replace it with a clean piece? My dad used to do this with
> carpet and linoleum.
> Lord Devin

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