A few days ago I went to my local frame shop, and picked up a large sheet of acid-free matte board. You know, the kind they use to frame pictures with. This is exactly what I needed to stiffen my piece. Tonight, I cut out a piece, and bent the sides upwards. I also cut out 2 other pieces.
Chucky had suggested using Liquid Nails to construct my piece. I didn’t have any on hand, but I did have some E-6000 Industrial Adhesive. This stuff will glue anything together. I think you can even fix leaks on your boat with it. I swear by this glue, but I also swear at it, because the longer you have a tube of the stuff, the harder it is to get the damn cap off! LOL…. Do you think I need a new tube of glue??
Next, I glued the pieces of matte (as well as two other pieces) to the back of my felt foundation. I used a thin layer of glue, because I’m only using it so that the stiffeners don’t move around. Remember, I hate using glue, but I believe it’s necessary for these 3-dimensional pieces.
Then, I laid my beadwork onto the stiffener, and it works! It will hold the sides of the beaded sofa up just like I was hoping. Laying flat, the sides measure 1.25″ in height.
I decided to use a thick brown felt to back this piece with because it is the exact same colour as the brown beads. But, I’m going to use 2 layers of felt. So, I cut out another piece of felt and glued it to the stiffener with Elmer’s glue. (I used glue here only because I’m lazy.)
Then, I used Elmer’s once again, and stuck the second piece of felt to the first piece. I have found that it’s better to have the backing attached somehow so that it doesn’t move around while you’re trying to stitch it into place.
I must wait for all the glues to dry before I can start stitching the felt around the edge of the piece. But, first, I need to get the glue off of my camera=:0