Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1920s Flapper Board

By Jennifer Cauley

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing another sensational display. It's a real work of art, here are Jennifer's details of the construction:

'I have another board for you, our Flapper Board. This one was really time consuming to put together but everyone stopped to take a closer look. I was actually worried that it wouldn't survive the month because students and teachers kept touching it to feel the different textures! We used this to promote anything connected to the 1920's (literary fiction, YA, classics, literary analysis and criticism, etc.). 

We used the Silhouette cutting machine for the fish scale tiles and the letters, but everything else was cut and folded by hand. 

We used a permanent marker to color the tops of our staples black before loading them into the stapler. The staples were pretty much invisible on the board, you really had to look to see them. 

Tissue paper was fun to work with but I don't recommend using it for a background like we did. It kept tearing and we were worried that the weight of the other elements would pull the whole board down. The fish scale tiles looked great, but they wouldn't have been possible without the Silhouette machine. Even with the machine, we had to pop out all of the scales (it took forever) and the whole tile ended being very delicate and flimsy. We will never use tiles like this again. We decided wrapping paper or fabric would have been a better choice for the background, it wouldn't have been hard to find something with a pattern we liked. It would have been stronger, easier to work with, and the rest of the board would have been much easier to deal with'.

What a great idea to colour the staples!

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