View Full Version : The Start of the Shadow box

05-10-2016, 07:59 PM
I've decided that instead of keeping all of stuff in a box under the bed that I would make a shadow box to display some of it. In my mind's eye it will display items such as a flag that was flown over Spicher when I was there, some of my medals and such stuff. I envision an oak box with the IR flag as the background (see below). I struggled with the thought of it being reversed like we wear on the uniform but instead I decided to go with the traditional orientation. The first image is one off of the web so you can see what the IR flag looks like. The rest is my work.


The back was painted in the color of the stars and the "white" stripes. Taped up and ready to paint. The hardest part was finding the stars in the right size.

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Sprayed black.

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Tape and stars taken off. The back is ready. Now to get started with the rest.

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05-11-2016, 05:45 PM
Does anyone know of a good way to attach cloth and or Velcro to this?


05-11-2016, 05:58 PM
Glad you bumper this Chad. I tried to reply yesterday, but the internet was messed up.

You did a great job recreating the IR flag look. (I've got one too.)

So is that plywood?

What do you think about some 3M 'snot glue'? That might work. We use velcro to hold up the soundproofing in our helos, and getting it to stick to the airframe is a constant battle. That snot glue works for a few months, we have to be careful not to pull too hard when opening the velcro seams to inspect behind them. But we're dealing with surfaces that get oily and bake in +100F temps for months.

I think some well applied snot glue would be a good bet in your case.

05-11-2016, 07:42 PM
Yes it is oak plywood I had left over from a bookcase job.

I was thinking of maybe trying some epoxy. I plan on attaching name tapes US Army tapes and unit patches to the board.


05-11-2016, 11:58 PM
be careful using "glues" to hold patches etc as the glue can often bleed through to the front of the fabric patch and become unsightly and spoil the item.

I'm looking forward to seeing the end product. :)

05-12-2016, 05:08 AM
Does anyone know of a good way to attach cloth and or Velcro to this?


There's a type of velcro where the hook part is on a rigid plastic strip (we used to cut it with tinsnips or heavy sheers) and it can be attached to the board with staples, pop rivets or screws. The loop portion is on a cloth strip and can be blind stitched to the back of the patch.

You might run into problems getting glues to stick to the spray painted surface, so do a test patch if you go that route. Also, if you use spray glue, cut a shield so the glue doesn't go all the way to the edges of the patches. The glue will yellow and attract dust bunnies over time.

Looking forward to seeing it all together.