I made something new last month, and had totally intended to come and tell all about it rather sooner than this but life got a little busy (nothing new there then!).
I often wonder what I can do with the many book pages that find their way into my studio, and finally decided to combine them with my love of nature. Painted butterflies, painted to scale, started to emerge.
They looked great but I was then faced with the question of what to do with them next. I thought about shadow boxes, and a friend suggested the same, so I looked into buying shadow frames… and was promptly horrified by the price of them. I put the butterflies away for a few days and had a think.
Then inspiration struck: I’d make my own. After all, how hard could it be?
I started with a RIBBA frame from IKEA as these are deep frames and I thought it would work perfectly if only I could alter it a bit. I removed the metal clips that hold the back in place…
…this is so that I could move the back further back (does that make sense?) in order to make room for a shadow box within. Making a box out of mountboard didn’t take too long, and I also cut a fresh mount/frame/aperture thing to better fit the butterfly (original on the left, new one on the right).
Then it was just a matter of sticking the butterfly into the box, and putting the whole lot back in the frame.
I’m so pleased with the way this turned out: the frame shows off the delicate butterfly perfectly. I’m also really glad that I was able to make my own shadow frame as I would otherwise find it very difficult to make any kind of profit on this. I will be adding this butterfly to my Etsy shop very soon, but in the meantime if you’re interested in this one (or in commissioning another one) then please contact me.