Wednesday, August 3, 2011

SHADOW BOX


Last winter in Florida I found this old fan at the flea market. There was a tag pinned to the back that read "To Emma love Mother". It was so faded you could hardly read it. If I remember right I paid 16.00 for it and it is worth every penny. I wasn't sure what I would do with it but didn't want to just put it in a box
with other pieces so left it out where I could keep seeing it. I thought I would take it and have it framed but knew it would cost a small fortune. I was at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and saw shadow boxes on sale and found one 20 x 16. I called Harv and asked him to get the yardstick and give me rough measurements. He did and I thought it would fit. Well I bought it home and the other day took it apart and fitted the fan on it. The fabric backing of the box is made so the velcro prickly side sticks to it. I used what they gave me down one side and raided my stock and used more in the middle and up the other side. I am very pleased with the way it turned out except when hung the lace flipped down a bit. I think I will have to put a couple of little touches of glue on the lace to hold it. Any other suggestions? I did have to take the picture sideways as both myself and the sheers kept reflecting in the glass but this one isn't too bad. Just the one spot of light to the side.

It is hanging in my living room and now I am trying to find a place for the picture I took down which is one I have always loved. I am sure it will go somewhere.

I remember being out at Judith Baker Montano's home in Colorado and being intrigued by the art in her house. Every kind and everywhere. I have to loosen up and take her idea and hang more.

5 comments:

maggi21 said...

It looks gorgeous and deserves to be hung. Have you though of doing some tiny stitches to catch the lace, if you can gt the needle through the backing that is?. If you place them carefully they won't show.

Createology said...

This is beautiful and what a conversation piece. You really made it pop in this frame. Sunshine Summer Smiles...

gocrazywithme said...

Freda, it's so beautiful! Be careful with glue on that old lace; it's likely to yellow it or destroy the fibers. Not sure what else to do, though.

Gina E. said...

Oh wow, it looks so beautiful in that shadow box - what a perfect way to display such a stunning piece of work!
Your last commenter is right though - avoid glue on the lace - any of the material when it comes to that.

Susan Elliott said...

That is one beautiful fan Freda!! I love that crushed bow at the bottom too....I've used this type of frame from Michael's before and had some success using tiny applique pins and pushing them in sideways. It takes some finger strength to do it. It doesn't work if you push the pins in straight and there isn't much "give" to the backing so the pins have to be short and pushed in sideways. Good luck. I hope that helps!