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« on: March 11, 2013 12:55:50 AM »

First ever time I enter a challenge in Crafster...

I just couldn't resist, books being one of my biggest passions, which created a problem in it's own as it took me almost a month to dare to cut into one of those throves of wisdom - an encyclopedia, even old, outdated and certainly not needed anymore.

I learned a lot doing this project (not least because I actually read snippets of information while cutting), about the importance of the right tools, the right set of mind, and the ability to be content, even if the work is not perfect.

So I give you - formerly a Hebrew Encyclopedia, now a sand box/miniature zen garden. It's already shaping to be one of our favorite toys, and I've already have a request to make another one.

Please excuse the imperfections. This is a process of learning.

C&C welcome!

Book before

work in progress


My daughter insisted in making her own arrangement.

this is going to be fun!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013 08:15:39 AM »

What a clever idea! I would play with it all the time.

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013 10:55:06 AM »

What a clever idea! I would play with it all the time.
I second that. It's lovely.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013 12:12:24 PM »

i vote yes!!

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013 06:04:03 AM »

It's time to vote!!  Is this your favorite entry in the challenge?  Vote for it here! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013 11:48:46 AM »

Great idea, I may have to try my own variation some time soon!

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013 01:19:33 PM »

Hey, I recognize that book. When this challenge came up, that's the encyclopedia my mind went to right away. I think my family has 2 sets by now, and nothing to do with them (unless my mom got rid of them somehow). It isn't useful anymore, but we can't bring ourselves to just throw a book in the trash.
That's a very clever and unusual use for a book, I love it  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013 03:29:19 AM »

What a clever idea! I would play with it all the time.

Thanks, Rackycoo, we do Cheesy

And it's still a work in progress. I have to think up a better way to seal the pages, make it more finished/polished book and more portable - that is craft a closing that will make carrying it around easier and less sand-accident prone.

I've been asked to produce another one, for a therapist that uses a sand box in her work. How cool is that?

« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013 09:53:06 AM »

I wonder if that crystal resin stuff would work to seal it.  I've never used it before, but can you brush it on the insides of the box part and let it dry to seal the pages closed better?

It's an awesome project.  I love it.
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