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Finding Dreams In A Shadow Box: A Little Cow Grazes On Abloom Meadows

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.



Little Cow by Silvia on

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Chasing Life In A Shadow Box: Polla’s Daydream

Shadow Box Nr. 1.

Shadow Box Nr. 1

Gestern war Ich schlau, und wollte die Welt verändern.  Heute bin Ich weise, und verändere mich selbst.

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

Shadow Box Nr. 1

(Fonts: thanks to Poet Dschalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi - 1207-1273)
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Vinyl Glue / Fabric & Paper

The vinyl glue is one of the most used adhesives, often known by its trade name Vinavil, but there are several brands and manufacturers on the market.  The most commonly used vinyl synthetic resin is polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) in an aqueous emulsion, which has a variety of use in industries, in art and hobby, in handcrafted works, in book-binding and book arts, due to its flexible strong bond and non-acidic nature, usually without need for primers.  However, there are also the related polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) adhesives diluted in solvent solutions.  Polyvinyl acetate belongs to the polyvinyl esters family and is a type of thermoplastic; these glue types are also referred to as wood glue, white and school glue, or carpenters glue and so on.  The vinyl glue looks like a white liquid, milky, with a characteristic slightly acidulous smell, and remains consistent in its quality to conform specific standards.  The advantages are low price and toxicity, simple use, and good sticking efficiency.  The main disadvantage is the average long drying up time.

Colla Vinavil NPC

Colla Vinavil NPC (

 I use the vinyl glue to bond the fabric (linen, cotton or silk, gobelin and batiste) to the polystyrene lampshade panel, as well as to the wooden or metal bases, diluted in water in the required amount according to the material resistance and porosity (well-finished or unrefined, smooth and waterproof, thick or thin).  The usually needed percentage glue-water is in the ratio of 1 to 2.  But it is necessary to test the materials’ characteristics, to adjust the water measure.  Thanks to the decoupage technique, I also paste art-paper, decorative cardboard, silk or soft-paper, tissue and vellum paper, Japanese washi-paper to lampshades and bases.  When the glue is dry, it gets an elastic consistency and is transparent, smooth to the touch: so it can easily stick and protect all decorative elements.

Colla Vinilica /Tessuto & Carta

If the material is porous, or fine and delicate, I apply a thin glue coat with a flat brush; on the contrary, I apply on the surface a good glue coat if the support is particularly porous.  To hold the fabric, or paper, I use one or more plastic binder clips.

Colla Viniica / Tessuto & Carta

Once the gluing process is over, the finished shade has to rest for up 12 hours, to allow the adhesive the ability to completely bond.  The best tips for gluing vinyl include adequately cleaning the project area, working in small sections at a time, and following proper safety precautions; such as, wearing gloves while working with vinyl adhesives to stick silk-fabric and delicate art-paper. A clean area provides an easier surface for the glue to attach to, as well as a longer hold between two different materials.  I avoid not properly aligned edges and air balls beneath the surface of fabric, or paper, by working in small sections; as well, I clean immediately dripping glue with a damp cloth.

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