Shadowboxing an Original Script from Firefly – “The Train Job.”


Shadowboxing is easily the most challenging aspect of picture framing.  It requires a combination of mechanical know-how and artistry that most people in this profession just don’t have.  If done correctly, a shadowbox will consist of a complicated array of rigging that is both archival and invisible.  If done poorly, everybody can see those ugly wires and/or Meemaw’s wedding dress is glued down.  Both scenarios make me cringe.

Now, I take a lot of lighthearted abuse from my best friends and family for not having much mechanical comprehension.  For the most part, they are correct.  I can not fix a washing machine.  Electrical schematics may as well be written in Korean.  And just figuring out the basic html to post this blog entry took several hours and a jogging break (Anthony does most of my web heavy lifting).

But…I can shadowbox with the best of ’em.  Case in point, this awesome Firefly script:


–After a few nights of sleeping on my options, I decided that the best way to support the script was to undo the plastic rivets that held the papers together…


–…mark on the matboard where the holes will be…


–…punch them out…


–…and then attach the script to the mat using the rivets.


–After that, it’s just a matter of couching the script in its quaint, little home.


–Now to the frame.  This one consisted of two parts:  The stacker (on the left) and the facade (upside-down on the right).


–Once all of the paint dried, I sealed the glass in between the two frames and caulked the whole shebang together.


–Guys, remember, that it is always important to clean off your caulk.


–Here is the back before the brown paper dust cover.  That paper on the back of your frame serves a big purpose…mainly, covering up all the ugly crap that the framer doesn’t want you to see.



 And here she is, the final result!