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Methods for Attaching Objects in Shadow Box Picture Frames

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Posted By Muriel M.

Whether your shadow box will be displayed with additional picture frames or alone, there are things to be considered. When using these shadow box frames you will find a couple things you need to consider before you get started. You'll need to decide if you are going to use glass or not, and whether or not you're going to use some kind of mat. This article should help you settle on the correct decision and also give you the best options for attaching your precious objects in the shadow box frame.

• Using a Mat or Choosing Not to Use One: The choice you make in this decision should depend on what kind of style you would like to use and how you are going to display your shadow box. You can create an attractive showcase on a wall without using matting, but if you desire a more formal appearance for your objects, then use a mat. A mat with individual openings will help focus attention on each object when you are displaying multiple items.

• Glass- to Use it or Not: The glass that can be found in ordinary picture frames is the exact same as the glass or the acrylic used in shadow box picture frames. Glass will protect your objects and keep them dust free so it is advisable to use a suitable glass or acrylic cover. Glass with a non-glare finish is the only kind that you certainly won't want to use in your frame. The whole surface of non-glare glass is scratched, giving it the non-glare quality, but that etching causes dullness and blurring when your display is viewed from a distance, particularly if you are using multiple mats.

There are many options accessible to you when it comes to attaching objects in shadow boxes. However, finding the appropriate method for attaching your objects in the most safe and appealing way can be challenging. Each method is different and varies from a hidden attachment to an eye-catching obvious attachment. The attachment depends upon how you want your shadow box to appear. You can have the attachment undetectable so your objects will be the focus of attention or you can integrate the attachment into your display.

How much your treasures are worth, whether speaking in terms of money or simply how much you treasure them, is an important thing to take into consideration. You wouldn't wish to use glue on something that is very valuable to you, because you might cause permanent damage. The majority of the strategies you see below should keep your items completely intact with no harm whatsoever.

• Sewing: This is usually the best option for displaying items of clothing. Use the least stitches you can, but make sure that you use enough to adequately hold up your item. Start by laying your clothing piece on the backing board. You may decide the best place to put your stitches once you have arranged your item the way that you want it. Your fabric item may need some added support and the simplest way to do that is to cut a section of mat board the dimensions of the clothing and then insert it. To add volume to a garment, especially the sleeves, insert crumpled tissue paper.

• Strap Things in Place: Likely the most prevalent method that people use to secure things in a shadow box. It is somewhat like a giant sewing stitch through the backing board. You just find the place you want to put your object, and then put two holes there inside the backing board. Next you pull the strapping material all the way up through one hole, wrap it around the object and thread it down through the second hole. Then simply tie the ends securely in a knot and tape to the back of the backing board. You can be creative with the strapping material and employ it as part of your exhibit or choose thin fishing line that is almost invisible. A strip of leather or a sparkly ribbon will lend the display a unique feel.

• A Hanger or Other Suspension: If you want your object to be hung in your box, then just hang it with some sort of hook or other means of hanging. This approach is popular if a special clothing item is occasionally removed and worn then returned to your display. This is one instance in which you would not want to use glass.

• Sink Mat: A sink mat is used as added support for thicker items like books or magazines. The level of depth doesn't need to be provided by the sink mat alone. You can use a mat board or one section of foam board to be able to provide adequate support.

• Mounts: Things like guns, coins, spoons or plates usually have mounts made exclusively to hold them in position.

• A Loop and a Hook: You can easily use a loop combined with a hook that sticks to the backing of your frame if your objects are not heavy at all. To have this method last longer than the adhesive will last, staple the portion of the hook and loop which attaches to your backing board. Fabrics could also have a loop and hook sewn on them. The hook and loop might also be able to support something a little more weighty if you strengthen it this way.

• Glue: Glue is the easy, convenient and least spendy means to attach your item to a shadow box; however, it is not reversible and can cause damage to precious objects. You can use a clear silicone adhesive if by chance your object has got more weight to it, but then you will need to wait to seal the frame until you've given it enough time to cure. Craft glue is a great option for lightweight objects. A hot glue gun isn't recommended because the glue deteriorates over time.

So get started as soon as you can, now that you know all the hints for putting your objects in your shadow box. Make sure you enjoy yourself!

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