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Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by LeMieuxGalleries, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. LeMieuxGalleries

    LeMieuxGalleries CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Hello all,

    We can't find our copy of Jim Miller's "The Complete Guide to Shadowboxes and Framing Objects" and are trying to float two old magazines (closed, not opened).

    Is there a public link somewhere online to the info from the book? Or if anyone has a suggestions/tips?

    The desire is for the mounting solution to be an undetectable as possible.

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  2. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    Well.. there is one on eBay right now for $37.75 with free shipping.

    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    for the old Rolling Stone magazines i included in the guitar displays i did, I just cut a piece of rag board slightly smaller than the magazine then made a mylar "envelope" that covers the magazine and holds it snug to the rag board (the envelope flaps actually get adhered to the back of the rag board).

    Cut rag board .25" smaller than the magazine

    cut mylar (i used .005 Duralar) 4" LARGER (both directions) than the magazine.

    lay magazine face down on mylar so that you have 2" extending past the edge of the magazine in all directions.

    mark the corner positions, or trace the outline of the magazine onto the mylar (I actually lightly scored the mylar with a folding bone)

    trim corners of mylar at 45 degrees, intersecting the corner positions of the magazine

    fold mylar back along traced outlines, and adhere these "flaps" to the back of your rag board.

    I'm sure Jim Miller could explain it better than I can, but I'm just a lowly framer, not a fancy engineer. :)

    If you look in the upper right corner of this Jefferson Airplane shadowbox, you'll see the finished product. Most of these were kind of finicky because they're so old they weren't nice neat rectangles.
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  4. RoboFramer

    RoboFramer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Cut board same size as magazine, have it bevelled away from it.

    Cut two strips of Mylar/Melinex, one the width of the mag and one the height, both to extend about 4".

    Open the cover, wrap the one cut to the width around all but the cover and fix it on the board behind the mag.

    Close the cover and wrap the other one in the opposite direction around the whole thing

  5. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    What Robo describes is close to the original Clear Film Book Mount described in The Complete Guide to Shadowboxes and Framing Objects. But instead of using a same-size, beveled backing board, I tape the ends of the horizontal wrap to themselves (not to the book) and cut two horizontal slots to slip the ends of the vertical strip through, where they can be taped to the back.

    Robo's way is easier, but be sure to use dots of glue to attach the assembly to the background, and never use ATG under gravitational stress.

    A couple of fine points...
    1. Place the convex side of the clear film against the cover of the book, so it lays flat. If you place the concave side down it will show curvature, which amplifies reflections.

    2. Be careful when creasing, because the tighter the wraps fit the book, the less visible the mount will be. Cut the pieces of clear film with perfectly-perpendicular edges and fold with careful alignment. Use fingers to mark the crease-points over the book's edges, and then crease sharply using a burnishing tool under a scrap of clear film or release paper to avoid scratching the clear film.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  6. LeMieuxGalleries

    LeMieuxGalleries CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Thanks, Jim! As a graduate of your class and owner of the book, I kind of remembered this method, but not completely. Sorry for asking at all, I need to put my hands on the book! Or buy new one. :)
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