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Some years ago, a friend gave my wife a shadow box with several kinds of pasta & beans (why? I don't know). Eventually there were bugs everywhere and the shadow box found its way to the trash, for all time.
Originally posted by j Paul: Friend of ours we were staying with a year or so ago, cooked some pasta that was unopened but had been on the shelf for several years and both batches that were attempted turned to paste.
Place a small (very small) package of moth chrystals between the backing board and the mounted pasta. Yes,it sounds bad but it works; don't take it out of the frame and serve it to friends or fellow framers just salespeople and tax collectors. The moth chystals will have to be replaced in about 3-5 years and you can charge them for a fitting and a chrystal charge.
About 6 years ago I use lasagna noodles and linguini as decorative features in framing a newspaper's review of an Italian restaurant. As of last month, everything still looked good.
The linguini noodles were cooked, formed into script-style words, dried, and glued to the mat. The lasagna noodles were "mitered" into corner caps for the mat, by cutting carefully with an X-Acto knife. The thickness of the nooldes on the mat required a 1/4" glass spacer, so there's some insulating air space in there.
The frame was tightly closed, and hangs in the restaurant's foyer, where it is subjected to blasts of cold air in winter. I think if a problem were going to develop, we would see some symptoms by now.
Jay, the operative term here is Pizza Hut. That is a toxic zone that even cockroachs give a 400meter kill zone to.
My sister has the elbow pasta Christmas "card" we made for mom about 50 years ago... I framed it in 1972, long before I knew better....
Last winter it was still looking good... the paper has faded a bit.. but so has my memory
I say go for it and seal it really really good. Abodanza!