My good friend Steve Pielock is fond of reminding me that I should be spending more time LEARNING how to do stuff, and less time obsessing about being a “completist” in my TOS collection. So I’m dedicating this build post to Steve.
I love to make shadow boxes that showcase some of my Trek treasures. This little project has been on my mind for a long time, and I finally got all of the elements collected to create an accurate display showing Kirk’s dress uniform. I’ve got the green silk-like fabric, the elaborate gold braiding that ran down the front of the “Nehru-style” jacket, replicas of the triangle award patches, and the medal that hung from our dear Captain’s chest.
Step one: Buy a slender shadow box and take it apart. I won’t need the velcro pieces that came with the store-bought shadow box. But I am using the backboard.
Here’s the metallic braiding and the beautiful green fabric, along with the inside backboard for the display:
There are a couple of contemporary (fan-made) sources for the triangle award patches. These came conveniently mounted with double-stick tape on a color copy and with a reference photo:
The hardest part was arranging the little arrowheads properly. They come with adhesive that responds nicely to an iron. But I also used little bits of “Stitch Wichery” to get the buggers to adhere properly. Then, careful ironing…
In addition to the “Boy Scout” patches, another fine detail on the original costume was little “nail head” adornments. Those went on next…
The fabric is really sensational and shows off the beautiful colors of the patch array and medal, which was safety-pinned from behind.
…a little Gorilla tape to hold the fabric in place, on the back panel. The tape also nicely secures the braiding.
And the result is the beautiful wall hanging. It turned out perfect (and is dust-free, sealed in a shadow box.) Total build time: less than an hour. That’s my kind of project!
I’m happy to share details of my sources, if anyone wants more info.