theCryptofishist wrote:Okay, I have cigar boxes that I wish to use as "dioramas". They are too small, but you can put together two boxes of the same size, take out the side and make a bigger shape.
My concern is with the "seam." I don't want a zone of near total weakness on my work, but I'm not sure how to strengthen them. The obvious (to me) is to have a 1 x 2 along the "seam" or attach the whole damn thing to a piece of plywood. The problem is the sawing. I don't have an electric saw and I'm pretty sure I don't have the room, or the itch for one.
Of course, this is totally futile, because I like the basics of the cigar boxes--cheap, easy to get hold of, a little retro... It has been suggested that I go and buy shadow boxes from Mic-hell's, but those are not cheap. So basically, I want a way to bend shape and time and it has to be cheap and easy.
So make suggestions, so I can sulk and not select them and complain about how nobody understands my art.
Actually, I will listen to ideas and but I may not actually follow them. This is some sort of brain-storming, so I'll see where it goes.
tongue depressor size flat sticks make good bracing material. glue across the gap on the back? or slats from wood blinds. There are lots left over when people resize them... maybe call a seven day blinds kind of place?
oh, edit to add: these can be cut with a boxcutter type blade, or small saw?