Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mini Marquee Frames In Two Sizes

Dimensional frames in 6x6 and 5x7 each light up 
with 20 battery-powered (cool to the touch) 
"Deco Lights teeny bulbs" by Darice.
Recessed frame platform provides base for photos,
printed card or other artwork, or dimensional cutouts
for special occasions, celebrations or seasonal holiday decor.

Mat frame inserts are available as separate cut files
to fit the two frame sizes, with 5x5 window or 4x6 window
respectively. Six mat layers stack to create beveled inner edges.
Models are shown in card stock that matches the marquee 
frame base. Custom coordinate your paper to each project.
(all available through SnapDragonSnippets.com, SVG Attic,
or Silhouette America's online store).

Let your imagination reign to come up with
fun ways to use these two designs.
Here, the 6x6 marquee has print (without mat) . . .
. . . and here is 5x5 artwork showing through the mat.
Here is 5x7 artwork (without mat), and . . .
 . . . here is 4x6 artwork showing through mat opening.
The mini lights set that is used for this project
is by Darice: Deco Lights teeny bulbs 20 lights, which
is battery powered (hence the artwork that is
shown as part of the battery housing though the
2 "C" batteries are NOT included).
The product number ID is BT20-1 white wire/clear teeny bulb.
Scan code numbers: 652695539725
One package costs under $5.
I purchased mine from JoAnn Fabrics walk-in store.
They are also available on-line from many locations.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main frame front, sides and top
B main frame bottom "add-on" panel
C main frame inner top & bottom panels
D vertical interior support strips (2)
E circle collar (light supports) (120)
F outer side, top & bottom flanges
(we suggest cutting from 110 lb. card)
G battery pack base   H battery pack box
I inner platform main shape
J platform diagonal cross supports (1 ea. of 2)
short interior supports (4; see Q, below)
5x7 MATT
K mat "frame" layers 1-6
L modified (shorter depth) platform for use with mat
M modified platform cross supports
N main frame front
O inner opening top, bottom panels
P interior vertical supports
Q short interior supports (5-6)
R outer side flanges (2 sides; 2 top, bottom)
S battery pack base   T battery pack box
U circle collars (120; for light bulb supports)
V inner platform main shape
W platform cross supports
6x6 MAT
X mat frame layers 1-6
 modified (shorter depth) platform for use with mat
modified platform cross supports
NOTE: Both size frames have very similar
assembly. The model shown in these assembly
steps will be for the 5x7 frame.
2. Prepare the main frame shape by bending back
on all panel and end tab perforations.
3. Prepare the bottom add-on panel by bending
back on the top tab perforation line.
4. Position and attach bottom panel
at the bottom center of the main frame
shape. Ends should align between the
side panel perforations, with straight frame
edge aligned exactly at perforation line.
5. Complete four corner seams by bending
the side or top, bottom panels into position
to overlap the straight edge at the tab perforation
line, and gluing the seam.
6. Prepare the interior panel add-ons by bending
back along the tab perforation line.
7. Position and attach add on panels to the
straight edge of interior top and bottom opening
in manner similar to previous panel seam.
8. Complete all four interior corner seams
by bending side, top or bottom panels back,
with end tabs bent forward, then aligning
straight panel edge along adjacent tab perf line.
9. Prepare the collar circle "stacks" by
layering eight (8) circles, one on top of the previous,
until . . .
. . . together they form a thick collar.
Take care to make sure the inner opening
edges are as precisely aligned as possible.
One way to do this is to insert a pointed tool
such as an awl or knitting needle tip into the
interior circle as the gluing together proceeds.
Apply sufficient pressure to ensure good adhesion
between the layers.
The frame will require 20 of these stacks.
Position and attach one collar at each frame
punch hole.
For the frames project, recommended position
is on the backside of the main frame,
so they provide support to the light shaft
but do not show on the front.
 Another alternative is to attach them to
the front of the frame.
(Select one position, either front OR back.)

10. Prepare the vertical interior supports by
bending the pair of split end tabs in 
opposite directions, as shown.
11. Apply adhesive to the end tabs, also to the
face of the support that will align and attach
to the inner face of the opening side wall.
Position support strip (centered top to bottom)
with notches facing upward (away from frame)
next to the backside of the side wall, with
end tabs attaching to the top and bottom walls.
Adjust as necessary to make sure the ends
are NOT pushing the panels out of square.
12. Prepare all four outer flanges by bending
back top rim tab and gluing to the backside
of the strip.
13. Apply glue to backside below top rim flange,
then position first side along the outer frame edge.
Adjust to make sure the panel is even with both
end edges of main frame.
Repeat for second side flange attachment.
14. Position and attach top, bottom end flanges
in the same manner.
15. Prepare center platform by bending back
on all panel and end tab perforation lines.
16. Complete corner seams by bending
side or top, bottom panels into position
to overlap straight end edge at adjacent
end tab perf line.
17. Prepare the platform cross support strips
by bending the tabs in opposite directions.
Assemble the cross support by sliding the
strips together at the center slots until they
interlock with top straight edges flush.
18. Position and attach cross support on the
underneath interior space, directing the strip
ends into the corners, and gluing the tabs in final
position to the platform back side.
19. Apply glue to the platform outer side, top & bottom
panels, place on flat surface, then position
the frame assembly over platform, and
slide into position . . .
. . . pushing downward until frame and platform
back edges are all flat against surface.
20. Prepare the short cross supports by bending
side split tabs in opposite direction.
Add glue to tabs, then position and side into
place between frame inner and outer panel walls
approx. one-third of the way in from end walls.
Attach 2 per side for the 5x7 and 6x6 frames, with
addition 2 per TOP only of 6x6 frame.
21. Prepare the platform by layering and attaching the
multiple cut shapes (sample uses 4 shapes of 110#);
cut and build up your platform with as many layers
as is necessary for sturdy base. Take care that
edges align as precisely as possible.
22. Position the base stack back extension
on the inside bottom of the frame assembly
between the vertical support strips,
and glue in place.
NOTE that the battery box assembly
and battery will be demonstrated in its
"unattached" form first. Once its assembly
is understood, it will be necessary to
to remove the battery housing itself in order
to attach the box to the platform (step26).
* * *
23. Prepare the battery box by bending back on
all perforation box lines and tabs except 
the insertion tabs of roof flaps should be left unbent.
NOTE that the right back side seam tab
will be left unattached to allow for the battery
wire to slide into place.
. . . leaving the back right seam unattached.
Fold the sides of the box upward to bring together
side straight edges to overlap adjacent side tabs,
and complete the other three seams . . .
24. Place the battery container (with batteries inside)
into the prepared box with the activation switch
toward the top as shown . . .
. . . direct the wires across the front and along
the left side (as viewed from the front) . . .
. . . and out the back opening where the side seam
is unattached. If desired, close the seam with
temporary adhesive such as adhesive roll-on dots, etc.
25. Close the top of the box by bending into
position, inserting the side and back tabs into
corresponding slots.
26. Position and attach box bottom
on the platform extension, 
with the lever opening toward the very back,
and the three punch holes of each aligned.
NOTE this image shows how the box
will be aligned, using the punch trio to help
orient the box correctly.
WAIT until lights are inserted before 
actually attaching battery box in place on base.
27. Begin with the first light above the battery
pack, inserting the tip bulb and the connected
"collar" of the light into . . .
. . . and through the punch hole.
This image shows that the light PLUS the
collar should "pop" through to the front.
If the light bulb is difficult to get through the
collar, consider opening the hole slightly
with a tool such as this awl, pushed into hole
and twisted as pressure is applied to
expand the opening slightly.
28. Continue to add lights in sequence into
holes in order, helping connecting wires to
cross over the interior supports at the half-circle
notches placed for that purpose.
Also, tuck the excess wire down into the
recesses of the frame between walls.
29. Bundle the excess wire between battery box
and first inserted light (for management of wires)
and wrap a piece of electrical tape to keep
them bundled. Tuck into the bottom back recess.
30. Position and securely attach battery pack
box onto the base.
31. Identify the mat frames by the order numbers
1-5 cut into the frame shapes.
Number 6 will be top frame shape and
does not include a cut number.
32. Place frame 1 on flat surface, number 
and face side up.
Position and attach frame 2 on top of frame 1 . . .
taking care that all OUTER edges line up
as accurately as possible.
This correct alignment creates a slightly offset
margin of frame 1 to remain visible,
creating the "bevel" edge simulating a
framer's cut mat.
33. Continue to position, align and
attach frames 3-6 on previous mat assembly
with the same outer edge alignment care as noted.
NOTE it will be helpful to use a large flat
weight during the gluing/curing process
to help avoid warping.
34. Insert the mat build up shape
on top of the platform to finish the frame.
(Of course, either position and attach
artwork first, or remove mat and attach.)
NOTE: use the modified platform
and cross supports when using the mat
with the frame. This will allow mat to
continue to be slightly recessed from frame face.

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