A ROUGH GUIDE - HOW TO DISPLAY YOUR LL OVERSTOCK
"Here's one I made earlier" by WalkieIntroduction
Well, as the cat is out the bag and it seems to be attracting a lot of attention I'd like to share with all my fellow TIG'ers how Step 1 - The Frame
Secret Santa, well I made that neat little display case for those Lili Ledy Lando Bespin overstock parts.
Trying to sourcing a suitable display frame was my first hurdle. Having original thought the best route to go down was to use a 'memory box' frame I just couldn't seem to find one suitable. Therefore my next best option was this 5" x 7" retro frame which had a nice deep frame around the edge which I was able to source from a local home ware store.
Link: http://www.wilko.com/all-photo-frames/wilko-retro-frame-black-5x7/invt/0351322Step 2 - The Wooden Back Plate
The original glass was removed and using is as a template I made a new wooden back plate from 3mm hardboard. Next I arranged the pieces in a suitable pattern which would suit the display and using a pencil marked out the positions where I would later fix my mounting pegs to.
The mounting pegs where made from wooden dowels which I had left over from some flat pack furniture, can an be easily sourced from all good DIY stores. Using a cordless drill as a make shift lathe I filed down the wooden dowels to the correct diameters to suit the part which they were holding. The arm pegs where drilled out internally rather then turned down. Once I had the diameters correct I cut the dowels down to the correct length to ensure that the overstock parts did not over hand outside of the frame.
Once the mounting pegs where ready they were glued into place. The wooden back plate was then ready for one last trial fit inside the frame.Step 3 - Painting
This one's easy, the painting stage. Choice any colour you like, for this example I kept it clean and simple with white, any paint should do the trick and I used emulation paint left over from my kitchen walls. It's worth noting that although I painted the ends of the mounting pegs I later sanded the paint of them as not to get any stuck inside the bores of the overstock parts.Step 4 - The Display Window
So back plate sorted but in the process I'd gotten rid of the glass and used the void in the frame to hold the wooden back plate in place. I soon over came this problem by making my own plastic window. I'd recommend first making a template on paper by measuring the aperture and the depth of the frame. I used a clear plastic binding cover, these can be found in most stationary stores, it's normally used as a protective film when biding presentations together.
Step 5 - Artwork & Finishing Touches
Using a metal rule, a craft knife and your paper template I cut out the window. Next is the tricky part, carefully score down the edges to be bent and I mean carefully otherwise you'll cut them clean off. This took me 2 attempts as I scrapped the first one as I cut too hard
Next bend up the edges along the scored lines.
Nearly there!, using the artwork found on TIG I made a nice little Lili Ledy logo for the top of the frame, next fitted the overstock parts and installed the front plastic window. So whats left to do? Not much other then sit back and give yourself a tap on the back.