That's when I remember my trusty scanner. I wonder if she is in the mood to cooperate today? (My printer/scanner and I have a love/hate relationship.) I carefully lay out the pieces of the label on my scanner. Now the games begin. Set it up...."not found" messages.....turn it off....turn it on....try again....you get what I mean. Eventually she decided to cooperate (at this point I cannot resist saying she reminds me of my child rearing days).
I scan the label in color, carefully cut it out with my Exacto knife (actually, I started out carefully and then just went for it). But now what? I have white spots on my label because there were holes in the original. That doesn't look very vintage!
Eureka! This morning's coffee grounds! (Does anyone else see the irony?) I set it outside to dry a little. I think next time I should do the coffee grounds first, then cut it out.
Here's the three labels. The top is the scanned copy uncut. The middle is the scanned copy cut and stained. The bottom is the original. The original is undeniably the best, and I'm not convinced the coffee grounds are the answer. At least the image is preserved and available for future use. And I had fun on my journey of label preservation.
I used double sided tape to adhere the reproduced label so that I can take it off and wash the jar in the future. As a side note, what about the polka dotted rust patina on that lid? Fabulous!
I am not sure what I will do with the original label. Every time I touch it another piece breaks off. I can tell you this....I won't throw it away. Not yet.