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…

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

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–…punch them out…

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

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

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

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

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

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–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.

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 And here she is, the final result!

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