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Opinions Wanted Framing a Bell

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by FrameandSaveCT, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. FrameandSaveCT

    FrameandSaveCT CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    I'm designing a Marathon shadow box for a client. There is a small bell that they want included. I would like the hanging by the loop at the top, either inset or extending out from the mat surface. Does anyone have any ideas how I might secure the bell either way.

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  2. Lafontsee

    Lafontsee CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Could you fit a formed rod into the hole at the bottom of the loop? if so, a three-point formed rod mount might work. One in each of the bottom corners and one in the hole under the loop. You could then use a decorative hook or ribbon to provide the illusion of hanging from the loop.

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  3. shayla

    shayla WOW Framer

    If it's metal, magnets in combination with some other method, might help keep it in place.
  4. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    This is not a collector piece. No need to overthink it in my opinion.
    It's not the Liberty Bell...
    It's a cheaply made promo item and I don't believe that it will ever be a collector item....o_O
    I would probably just make a shim for the back of the bell that matches the angle of the back side of the bell to make it sit level on the vertical visually.
    Then, you could just put a sheet metal screw into the back of the bell from the back of the mat with a fender washer if necessary.
    You could also just put a wad of silicone on the back of the bell instead of a screw and position it so it's vertical and leave it for 24 hours with props so it's at the right angle until it's set.

    Then you can make a Faux hanger from the top of the inside of the frame or extending from the mat above the bell using a leather shoe lace or whatever attached to a small hook like this to the top of the bell bracket on the top of the bell.
    You can make it appear to be hanging from the hook but it would really be attached from the back by silicone or a screw and fender washer and it won't move or come loose.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  5. Philliam Phulgor

    Philliam Phulgor CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Solid ideas from James and shayla.

    No illustration to show you and this would take some challenging patience and care, but here is an idea:

    Drill 4 pin holes outward and upward, diagonally, out through the upper 4 corners of your shadowbox.
    The deeper your shadowbox the more effective this will be.
    Tie 4 long, long lengths of fish line or strong green thread or very pliable plant wire together at one end.
    Wrap just one or two of them around the loop at the top so the bell can't slide back and forth.
    Perhaps a dab a silicone on the underside of the loop to secure if acceptable and unobtrusive.

    Using a fine sewing needle, pull your thread through each drilled corner.
    If you can inject a bit of PVA glue (from the outside) into each hole just before pulling through, that might be enough
    .....to hold the thread in place.
    Or, thin razor blade slice in the frame, squeeze some glue into, force the thread into your slit, let dry, snip off excess
    .....thread, touch up any visible hole, thread or slit.

    Once you have accomplished this with skilled framer's perfection, the bell will have a little bounce and movement but
    .....should not have so much bounce or sway so as to hit the glass or wreak havoc within you shadowbox.

    Good luck. Whatever you do, please post pictures.
  6. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    James's and Shayla's suggestions should work, but I couldn't quite picture Philliam's idea.

    Another possibility for attachment would be to cut an inverted "U" shape out of the background matboard, so that the bell's open bottom could be slipped over the "flap" of matboard sticking up. Then you could secure the top loop precisely in position using one formed rod.

    Since the customer values this trinket enough to have you custom-frame it, I would not drill holes in it or glue it, or change its condition in any way.

    In my limited experience, adhesive mounts tend to fail on sharp impact more readily than secure mechanical mounts.
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