I learned this trick when working at the London Brass Rubbing Centre in the Crypt of St Martin in the Fields in 1995 when I was 25. It was a lovely job, helping people make wax-on-paper rubbings of various facsimile brasses. I learned a lot about monumental* brasses and about heraldry more generally (also discovered the word ‘fleam’). I also ate a LOT of delicious apple crumble from the cafe and was a captive audience for the bookshop’s CD of the week / month. We had a lot of Riverdance and Hildegard von Bingen pretty much on loop.
Anyway when someone’s made a rubbing and wants to roll it up to take it home you can do this to keep it safe, and it also works for wrapping paper.
- Cut a strip of paper that is slightly longer than the circumference of the rolled paper
- Have some tape to hand
- Roll the wrapping paper or rubbing so that it’s closed.
- Insert into the cut end your strip of paper so that it’s poking out at 90 degrees, then roll it all the way round so that it overlaps itself
- Tape the overlap
- Write a smug instructional blog post 🙂
*they are both memorial and armorial!