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How can i flatten this Badge

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Found this Egypt Badge on Sunday, it's made of copper alloy, anyone know how i can flatten it safely without damaging it. :g43:
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i done one in the past, a good vice two pieces of half inch wood badge in the middle and squeeze it up, you might need a tube on the handle of the vice, :g50:

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Is it meant to be flat??

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Think so stomper. :g43:

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I did a copper alloy modern badge in the past, I heated it to cherry red heat, before dropping in cold water to soften the copper first, annealing it. As copper ages it becomes age hardened or brittle. Bending it will work harden it at the bend site so it will be brittle at this point before you even start to bend it back.

However the heat changes the oxide colour, the shock of dropping the red hot object into cold water removed the red patina in places, flaking areas off the surface. Any straightening of an object can be done but there is a real danger of causing even more damage. So even though I've done it with some success on a fairly young and worth less object I would not recommended even attempting it at all on anything with age. You could end up with two partifacts in stead of one. :g58: :g44:
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This is a cap badge of the South Wales Borderers - It looks fairly straight to me - go careful, you could ruin it so easily - Puffin has given good advice

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Leave it as it is ..it looks ok :g50:
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Cheers for the advice all. :g50:

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DO NOT HEAT THIS CHERRY RED!!!! If this is a WW1 Capbadge..and I thnk it is....it may be poorly made with many faults in the badge and metal...yes sometimes that works..but on mid WW1 badges...because of the poor quility of metal..this may cause the metal to brake due to the impurities in the metal...slow pressure to the badge will work best.

Yes I kow I said I would no longer be here after the comments made on an other thread..however I still can lurk...and most of you that have been here for sometime know that I do all I can to save Military History...including running a Military Museum Here in Canada.

I only jumped back in to save this badge....use VERY soft wood....new pine if you can find it......and if you are really unsure email me at northman@rogers.com
I have saved many WW1 Badges...and I learned the hard way...forgot to mention...if the lugs are still on te back...you gotta drill holes in the wood to save them.

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:g50: well put Dean, i'm afraid i was i bit heavy handed with my advice, glad to see you back :g50:

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Cheers Dean, :g50:

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Without the initials SWB that badge was also used by the Lancashire Fusiliers.

There is a fireplace in a local restaurant that has that very same motif. The family that owned it, had at least one officer of the LFs.

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