>Firebox

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Today, I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to show you the custom frame for my beaded 1943 Chevy fire truck, Engine Co. 6. In case you don’t remember, I took my fire truck to Stanhope Framers in Boston on January 12, and it is finally finished! It took 6.5 weeks to complete the framing! But, it was well worth the wait…

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One of the reasons it took so long was because they had to order a custom piece of plexiglass to create a shadowbox with. The plexiglass has rounded corners, which costs a bit more, but it is easier on the eyes when you’re looking at it from all angles. The glass and my fire truck were then shipped to Stanhope Framers’ Somerville store where they do all their fine art framing. My piece required special care because they had to hand-stitch the truck to a floating linen background. I believe this was done by just stitching through the truck’s Ultrasuede backing. After close inspection, and the only stitch I could see was the one below. All other stitches are hidden.

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Then, I looked at the back of the shadowbox. There are a few pieces of tape on the back which are securing the threads (which seem to be a type of very strong upholstery thread). It appears that the truck is stitched in only 3 places! I am amazed, because the back of the shadowbox does not seem to be something you can stitch through. It is a manmade wood material. Nevertheless, the entire truck is very secure, and does not seem to move around at all. And, the good thing is if I ever needed to open the frame to fix the side-view mirror or something, I can do so very easily. There are two screws on each side of the plexiglass for easy access…
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This is a very professional frame, and the finished piece looks great hanging on my wall! But, it won’t be there long. This piece will soon be on its way to Bead International 2008🙂

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Frame dimensions: 17.5″ x 12.5″ x 3″ D.
Beadwork dimensions: 12.5″ x 7″ x 2″ D .

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Thanks again for taking care of my beaded fire truck, Stanhope Framers!! I’ll be back..😀

17 thoughts on “>Firebox

  1. >It looks wonderful in that frame. I didn’t realize how much would go into framing a piece that isn’t flat. I would love to see all your pieces on a single wall. That would be impressive.

  2. >Wow Diane, that frame is fantastic – my Dear Husband makes frames & display cases & we have been talking about some shadow-box type displays for my BJP pages, so I have sent him your blog to fuel his creativity You asked me – How do you do the stitching on the mask?? Beadin Gram asked me about how to make one of these, and I wasn’t sure.First & formost, with patience LOL I do back stitch & use John James Sharps needles which are short and easier to use in awkward spots. I have to say that sometimes I almost have to stand on my head to get the needle to come out where I want it to ~grin~ If getting it to come out where I want it is not possible from the angle I am at then I come out where I can & then aim for the point I want from that angle – I hope this makes sense to you ;9

  3. >Thanks for the comments! I am very happy with this frame. In fact, I just finished hanging it on my wall! It’s tough finding places for all of this finished artwork sometimes… LOL. And, yea, that Pink is funny. LOL!

  4. >I don’t know if I should laugh out loud or cry inconsolably at Pink’s comment. >8DAmazing how much work goes into a frame like that. I had no idea.Your little fire engine looks awesome in its new home🙂. (I just added the translation widget to my blog. )

  5. >I’m so glad that Pinks transliterated in Canadian for me! I think that fire truck looks so cool eh! What a great way to handle such amazing artwork! Looks might fantastic!Cheers, Denise

  6. >Hey! They did a great job!how come there is no Canadian flag on your transliteration logo?———–oh i found it. It just translated that for me:Hey! Those hosers did a great job!how come there is no Canadian flag on your transliteration logo, eh? typical americans!—–xxpinks

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