Get Your Arrowhead Collection Out Of The Coffee Can And Into A Display Case
Did you read my other article Hunting for Arrowheads and Other Indian Artifacts and now have a whole pile of arrowheads you need to do something with? Perhaps you have some arrowheads you found when you were a kid?
Regardless, of how you came by your collection each arrowhead is an individual work of art that should be on display, not relegated to a deep dark corner of the closet.
If you are going to leave them in the shoebox in the closet, you may as well donate them to me :) If you want to put your collection on display read on I will share some fun and easy ways to display your collection.
Image Courtesy of: Jeffrey Beall, on Flickr
Protect Your Arrowhead Collection Display It Properly
3 Things Not To Do With Your Arrowheads!
Well, let's start off with a few things not to do with your arrowheads and Indian artifacts:
- As mentioned above don't leave them in the shoe box or coffee can. You can't enjoy your arrowheads beauty, plus the possibility exist that your artifacts may be damaged jostling around in the can.
- Please do NOT! wire your arrowheads to a board. Again as stated earlier arrowheads are one of a kind works of art. Wiring them to a board detracts from their beauty, and wire can damage your irreplaceable artifacts.
- Don't glue your arrowheads down. Glue is less likely to damage artifacts, but if you're like me you want to be able to take them out and fondle them, or at least look at both sides. Plus if you ever spend hours removing the glue from the backs of artifacts that have been glued, you too will wonder why anyone would do such a thing.
Read on for some great display ideas...
Rykers Mounts an Easy Affordable Way to Display Your Arrowheads
Show off your Indian artifacts and save money.
What is a rykers mount? You may have seen rikers mounts used for displaying butterflies or pressed flowers
Rykers mounts are thin boxes made out of heavy cardstock, with a piece of glass in the lid. The two halves of the box are held together with pins. The boxes contain a piece of cotton batting, place your arrowheads on the batting, pin the lid in place, and friction will hold your artifacts in place, as easy as that.
Do you want to jazz up your display? Go to the local craft store and purchase a piece of felt in a color that shows off your arrowheads well. Trim the felt to fit the inside of the rikers mount. Voila a splash of color! Rykers mounts come in a wide variety of sizes from very small to quite large. Best of all these mounts are cheap.
Great Deals on Rykers Mounts - An affordable way to display your Indian artifacts
Wooden and Glass Cases to Display Your Artifact Collection
The best method to store and show your arrowheads
Wooden display cases are another great option. I like wood cases because of their solid construction. Many cases have locking hardware. The locks won't keep the burglars from getting your artifacts, but they will keep sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grand-kids, or anyone else from meddling with your arrowheads unsupervised. Wood shows off your artifacts nicely and you can pick wood to match your décor. Another nice thing about wood cases is that if you're handy you can build your own from scraps around the shop. Wood just adds a touch of
class that says: "I love my arrowheads".
If you love arrowheads you'll get wood.
Antique Display Cases
For the serious artifact collector
If you display your artifacts in a den or a man cave, antique display cases are a popular choice. I am talking about the type of cases you used to see in the old 5&10 stores, cigar shops or general stores. You can also find artifact cases that are furniture coffee tables, end tables, and such. Antique cases and furniture pieces can be a little pricey but, they do look cool. The ability to display your entire Indian artifact collection in one location is nice. Don't worry if you don't have enough arrowheads to fill a case, your other collections will look nice in there too. Your significant other will be happy not to have your collections scattered around the house.
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Tell me what you think about The Best Ways to Display Your Artifacts
anonymous on July 28, 2013:
This article answered most of my questions. I have several arrowheads I have been wanting to display, but I didn"t know HOW to make them secure without damaging them. Thanks.
anonymous on December 14, 2012:
@sherioz: where in Africa?I have some tips!
sherioz on June 22, 2012:
I like these cases. Now that I am going to Africa to work and bringing back artifacts I buy from people, I need some display cases.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 19, 2012:
These are some amazing ways to Display An Arrowhead Collection. I had a few of ours shadow boxed.
Edutopia on January 25, 2012:
I think the best way to display the arrowheads I collect is to figure out a way to incorporate them into a schema that displays the civilization which produced the arrowheads in the first place. Makes for a fun project to do once the arrowheads are collected in the first place.
anonymous on January 25, 2012:
I sure wish I had a pile of arrowheads to display...I sure wouldn't leave them in a bos, wire them down or glue them! What beautiful display art you have chosen...blessed by a smiling angel!
domain19 on January 20, 2012:
woow... really great displays... thanks for share... awesome lens...
sherioz on January 16, 2012:
I love these displays - making a unique piece of art with the arrowheads. I will think about doing something like this with rocks and shells I have collected over the years.
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on December 26, 2011:
I think I would prefer those locking wooden boxes. They look just perfect. That said, the art works made with arrowheads are stunning!
OldStones LM (author) on December 12, 2011:
@jimmyworldstar: Yes foam padding is a very good idea. Many arrowhead display cases use foam to hold the artifacts securely in place.
jimmyworldstar on December 12, 2011:
Those are some amazing shapes and art made of arrowheads. You can really make a utility into a great work! Would foam padding be a good idea to put in a display case so the arrowheads don't jostle around?
darciefrench lm on December 12, 2011:
Neat - was at our local museum on saturday, looking at arrowheads such as these.
miaponzo on November 05, 2011:
Beautiful!!!! Do you have any suggestions for dinosaur bones and petrified wood (which I have tons of?)... blessed!
originalartbroker on November 02, 2011:
great lens on arrowheads
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 24, 2011:
Wow! The arrowhead art is beautiful (you can keep the snake though :) I love the idea of displaying your artifacts and arrowhead collections instead of keeping them in an old show box. Really great display suggestions!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 20, 2011:
What nifty displays people made to show off their arrowheads. I really like the look of old displays cases, so I'd be checking eBay and antique shops if I had any arrowheads to display.
sls450 on October 19, 2011:
agoofyidea on September 03, 2011:
I have quite a few arrowheads that are sadly living in a box. Thanks for the ideas. The arrangements were incredible. Great lens.
Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on August 18, 2011:
This is sooooooo gorgeous, I had to write a review for my blog
CCGAL on August 02, 2011:
I did not know what Rikers (Rykers?) Mounts were, so this was educational to me. I'm glad you explained why wire and glue are bad for arrowheads - I would not have realized that. Loved the photos of the displays - what a lovely way to showcase a collection such as these. Beautiful!
squid-janices7 on July 23, 2011:
Love the artistic arrowhead displays!
Teddi14 LM on July 22, 2011:
Very cool ways to display them. I have my small fossils and (Indian beads) in a jar. It looks nice. I have to come up with a way to display my beach glass and other interesting stones.
Igneous LM on July 21, 2011:
Very, Very nice lens. I love it
GrinningFool on July 19, 2011:
Impressive displays of arrow heads!
S Kurniawan from Bandung, Indonesia on July 13, 2011:
JoshK47 on July 09, 2011:
Awesome ideas! Those displays are beautiful!