Chasing Life In A Shadow Box: Love From Paris.
Shadow Box Nr. 3
Shadow Box Nr. 2.
Some beautiful soft felt sheets in yellow, green and blue, a tiny hand painted vase with two paper sunflowers, a nice jute string and a green silk ribbon, a yellow felt decoration and a blend of jute, a small wooden fence and the amazing little cow – handmade by Silvia – in white, rosa and brown soft felt: what an idea for the unique Being Tati‘s birthday gift!
First of all I need a sheet of white paper and a soft pencil to draw the different templates of the shining sun, the blooming meadow and the three vaporous clouds; the scissors to cut them properly; the colourful soft felt sheets to be shaped up according to the paper templates; the vinyl glue and a flat brush to spread on an adequate glue measure to paste the sun, a cloud and the meadow to the shadow box front side. I let them dry for at least six hours.
With the hot-glue gun – I assemble and hot-glue the other elements: two thin strings on the rear side of the clouds to hang them up; the fence and the blend of jute; the vase and its decorations. To secure the little cow I use a L-shaped piece of wood, stitched on its back and glued on the SB-bottom.
1° Step : Pickguard & Fabric.
A Strat-pickguard and an adequate beautiful 100% cotton fabric. To custom and decorate my pickguard with the decoupage technique I need first scissors to cut out my fabric and a soft pencil to design the pickguard’s template on the fabric’s rear side and vinyl glue (or special fabric-glue). Then a flat brush to spread a fair glue measure on the pickguard to paste the chosen fabric and some plastic or wooden clips, or pegs, to apply around the edges to hold the fabric down while the glue dries. Finally, I need a satin water-based varnish gel to create a protective and anti-scratch film with a good resistance to mechanical agents. I apply a thick and uniform coat with a specific flat smooth brush. Let it dry for at least four hours and then I repeat twice, or more times, as to get a hard, solid and strong last finishing.
3° Step : Photo & Tutorial.