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Japanese Fan

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Grumbler in Training
Jul 12, 2004
Warren , Ohio
Customer has a fan , one like the geishas use. She wants to frame it with both sides visible. If anyone has framed one of these or has any suggestions they would be most appreciated.Thanks , Larry
Interesting question. I've never tried to do that with a fan, but here's what I'd try first:

Stretch a piece of clear polyester film (Melinex 516) between double-facing mats, and sew the fan to the film using cotton thread. Fit with spacers under the acrylic glazings (lighter than glass) front & back. I suggest using Museum Optium Acrylic on at least the front, which is optically coated and almost invisible.
I would use the Nielsen profile 100 for the fan and order a fan stand from Lois at Superior and glue it to the bottom. Put non glare galzing in the back and a small decorative mat to fill the space and the glazing in the front. It would be fast and easy to do. You could put decorative feet on it to stand on a table. Paint the back hardware black.
A billion years ago we sewed one between two layers of Stabilitex or something. This was mounted between two acrylic frames that were inserted into a clear case with a wood shrine wrapping the top and two sides down to the formal Japanese stand.

The black frames looked like the laquer interior of the box frame, and only the slit between the two gave it away.