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Old 03-12-2014, 02:08 PM   #1
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New to the forum and scroll sawing. I was wondering what material is used to on the back of projects. I have made a cut out and when I put it against the dark wall it looks good, but against the white wall not so much. So I am just going to put a dark backing on it, but I didn't know what material is used. Do you use felt or just black butcher paper. Thank you very much in advance.
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Hi Peter and welcome to the site. It really depends on the project. I have used a variety of materials. If the project is framed I prefer to use mat board that I purchase from a local art supply store. It is also available at places like Michaels ans A.C. Moore. If I am not framing I like to use a wood backing. It could be a contrasting color wood (walnut backing on a maple project) or painted wood (birch plywood).
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Hi Peter and welcome. I also use mat board. As a custom frame shop, we always have small pieces of mat many are free. You might want to check your local custom frame shop. They might have 'fallouts' free.
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I have tried different colors and you just can't beat black. I use the heavy construction paper and also what a friend calls chrome paper. The chrome paper I get at Crafts 2000. It is a really shiny deep black. Here is what it looks like.
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I have used 1/8" masonite that I spray paint with flat black. I have been using this to give support to the small pieces and thin areas. I spread glue on the back of my fretwork and then attach it to the backing.
I'm going to try the mat board on my next project I think. Perhaps. Maybe.
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Since I almost always make a frame for backed pieces, I generally use 1/16" or 1/8" bb ply depending on how much support my piece needs. I either spray on the color or paint on acrylic if the spray does not come in the color I want. I then spread glue on the back of the piece and clamp it to the backer with cauls until the glue is dry. This allows me to paint a backer in multiple colors that highlight different parts of piece.

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Thanks for the replies guys. I agree from what I have seen the black looks the best. I appreciate the help.
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Peter ... don't limit yourself to common solutions. A piece of wood in a darker color is a possibility. A piece of plywood painted is another. Visit your local craft store - AC Moore, Michaels, JoAnne Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc - check out the paper in the scrapbooking area. They have some wonderful pieces that could be attached to a piece of plywood. Another thought - velvet board from Art Factory (Dirk Boelman's site). He has several colors. You can also get a felt type board at the craft stores. Another option - acrylic in many different colors like those available at Sloan's Woodshop.

How do you decide size? You can cut the backer as you cut the outside of the project. You can also use a washer and pencil and trace a line around the main piece onto the backer using the washer. I often cut the outside at an angle.

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I often use felt as it comes in a variety of colors. Have also used fabric when I wanted a design on the background.
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Welcome Peter. I usually back my portraits with a foam sheet that I get at Michael's crafts store. They usually sell for .95 cents a sheet. Depending on the size of the project, you may be able to do more than one with the one sheet. They are 12 x 18 inches. They also come in different colors too. You can use just color paper too if you don't want anything too thick for a backer. I agree with you that black shows the cut-outs very well. I always felt that that is what we are cutting out anyway, is the shadow of the portrait. Good luck.
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