In this instructable, we'll try to use these military and other chotchkies to decorate a picture frame so you can see these while still alive! Finally, something to do with your 37 pieces of flair!
Step 1: Stuff You Will Need
2. A picture frame. One with a nice wide area is great.
3. Glue. Even though I'm an epoxy aficionado, I chose "Gorilla Glue" for this project because of its tendency to foam and expand. This is good for holding 3-D objects I'll be working with. Any glue that will work with non-porous to porous would be fine. If you don't like the look of the foamy glue, go with epoxy.
Step 2: Prep Your Insignia
1. Bend the pins with a pair of pliers until metal fatigue sets in and they fall off. It does not take much effort to get the pins off.
2. If your insignia is shaped somehow, try to bend it so that it is reasonably flat. The gorilla glue will fill space so reasonably flat is good enough.
Step 3: Glue Up
1. Dampen your picture frame with a sponge.
2. Apply the glue to the insignia.
3. Place on the frame. You could clamp it if you really wanted a strong bond, but just sitting there is just fine.
4. The glue will foam up and embrace your 3-D insignia. For foam that comes up in unwanted spots like in pierced insignia, just wipe away with a cotton swab.
5. If the glue cures completely, you can fix any "overglue" with an exacto knife.
Step 4: Extra Tip
1. Polish the insignia with Brasso or any other metal polish and an old tooth brush.
3. Wash with dish detergent.
5. Coat with clear nail polish (several if needed).
You might not want to remove all the tarnish as a little bit left will highlight the detail in the piece. If you want a mirror finish, you can do that instead.
Step 5: Finishing Up
1. Damped the frame once more.
2. Apply gorilla glue to the spaces between the insignia.
3. Allow a few hours for the glue to foam and cure.
4. Insert your DA photo and hang on your "I love me" wall.