Shadowbox Framing – Narwhal Tooth

narwhal_zoomThe Narwhal; These legendary animals have two teeth. In males, the more prominent tooth grows into a sword like, spiral tusk up to 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) long.

Framing one of these magnificent creature’s tooth took a little bit of time and effort. The tooth that I framed was about 5′ in length.

The first thing that I wanted to do is find the right picture frame moulding that would reflect the subject, then the background colour to emphasize the subject, following that I wanted to find leather or material that would blend in with the tooth so that the tooth could be suspended in the frame.IMG_0358This photo is from the middle stage of putting things together; marine blue suede isn’t completely finished and the piano hinge has yet to be installed. This photo also shows the magnets that are going to be used to seal the top part of the frame and at the same time allow it to open.IMG_0363The leather straps that wrap around the tooth and secure it into place. IMG_0367IMG_0370IMG_0365At the end of the tooth is a piece of a plastic tube covered with the suede mat (camouflage). This way the frame can be displayed vertical without worry of the tooth slipping out of the leather ties. The use of wall buddies allow the frame to hang flush with the wall, horizontal or vertical.

Adding the piano hinge was probably the most difficult for one person, but the plan and design took the longest amount of time.




About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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2 Responses to Shadowbox Framing – Narwhal Tooth

  1. Congrats on completing a challenging project in fine style!

    • Art and Picture Framing says:

      Thanks Terri. It did take some time to complete but the client was very happy in the end as I was too.

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