Today we have our first guest contributor, Raven Mayne (Raven Contreraz)! Welcome aboard. Raven will be discussing “The Care and Handling of Your Scroll” for those of you who have just received your first award scroll, or those of you who just do not know what to do with the ones you have.

Take it away, Raven!

This is written to you on receiving your First, or even you’re your hundredth scroll. Everyone should be aware of all of these helpful hints.

First let me congratulate you on receiving your award. I have no doubt it was well deserved. Each scroll that is produced could have been worked on by one individual, or many individuals. In each instance hours, and sometimes days have been put in to getting a scroll completed. The scribes who worked on your scroll knows they may never see it again, and give it up willingly knowing that it will go to a deserving member of our Society.

Now here are some important and helpful hints for the caring of your scroll.

Please be aware that the scroll you have is susceptible to may elements that may damage it:

Heat, in places like your car, or even near a flame could possibly crinkle it or even set it on fire. Long exposures to direct sunlight might fade the colors.
(Something to keep in mind when you frame it and put up in your home.)

Wind may be an issue if the scroll is out in the open and even being held in ones hands or not tucked away might have the chance of bending and possibly creasing it permanently, yes permanently.

Dirt and the oils in your hands may also potentially damage your scroll, so the less actual direct handling the better. Holding it on the tips of the corners or laying on a flat, safe, dry surface it the best way to temporally show off your scroll.

This leads up to the number one destroyer of scrolls;

WATER/or any liquid (including tears of happiness) can damage and or ruin your scroll. So be very careful not to get your scroll near any form of liquid, or some one holding liquid, or even a container sitting anywhere near your scroll with any amount of liquid, what so ever. Your scroll will soak up even a drop of water and may distort any part of your scroll that comes in contact with it.

When not admiring your scroll or showing of your wonderful new piece of art off, please put the scroll away. For example, in a large envelope or between two flat surfaces that would not have the possibility of being bent or damaged by anyone accidentally.

* If your scroll has wax seals on it: do not put in direct sunlight or in any area where the temperature will rise above 80 degrees as the wax will melt and get on everything, thus ruining your scroll and anything near it.

Side note: if you have any questions concerning damage, framing or corrections that might need assistance please ask an experienced scribe to help you. Start with you local Baronial or Shire Scribe. If they cannot help Please feel free to ask the Kingdom Scribe.

Thank you for your insight Raven!

Next week we will be discussing framing of your scroll(s).

Hopefully Helpful,