Last night, I started working on the construction portion of my beaded Boston Green Line trolley. This is the part where my progress slows down, because I have to do a little thinking about how I would like the finished art to look. Also, it is quite tedious, especially since there is no beadwork involved…
First, I stitched some strips of felt around the edges to cover the white felt. Then, I cut out some pieces of acid-free matte board. I like to use this material for my 3D structuring because it is strong, yet soft and easy to manipulate when needed.
I took two of the pieces I cut out, and actually stitched them to the back of the beadwork. The thin strip will reinforce the trolley door.
And, lastly, I flipped the trolley over and put the two large pieces of folded matte board underneath. This will lift one end of the beadwork up by almost 2″ and give it a very realistic effect.