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Attaching objects within a Shadow box How to attach object to box deserves careful consideration. If object has little value in itself, and will probably never be removed, job is easier. Paper and other flat objects can use many glues. Heavier objects can use epoxy. Bathtub caulking compounds are great in that you can build up a fraction of an inch of compound to create a large gluing area. A long drying period is necessary but result is excellent.
Sewing objects to backing is excellent for any type of clothing. Baseballs can be sewed from stitching through backing board. Sewing allows object to be removed later without damage. Velcro can be attached to softer articles and attached to backing. Little if any damage is done to article when removed. Glues that can be dissolved with chemicals can be used, but be very careful with this one.
Some imagination can work wonders. Foamcore can be cut out to shape of object, and object imbedded to stop it from moving. This is time consuming and tricky, but object remains in a pristine condition.
There are literally hundreds of ways to attach objects, and many books and articles written about them. Art Supply stores, Craft retailers and libraries are be a good source of information.
Foamcore is an excellent product as an aid to attach objects. The back of plates have a rim which makes them difficult to glue. A 3 x 3" piece of formcore can be attached to back of plate with caulking compound and then caulked to back of box in order to give a larger gluing area. You can also add to "3D" effect of display by using several layers of foamcore.
Summary Shadow box frames can take those treasured articles out of a drawer or box and put them on a wall to be admired every day. Customized frames, both in size and depth, can be made to frame anything from a baby's soother to a full size baseball bat, complete with uniform. For small businesses, customized displays can be very reasonably priced when purchased in bulk, and high markups are attainable. Craft stores giving classes can make make a very high quality and fun project at a reasonable cost. Please click on some of examples shown to give a larger view of frame, and a full explanation of how display was constructed.
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