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« on: October 20, 2008 10:08:11 PM »

Okay, so.. I don't know how I find these places, but yesterday I was browsing the web and found a handful of Celtic/Wiccan boxes. I'm not into that sort of thing but these boxes are really nifty. HOWEVER... they're really decked out in Pagan symbols - and they're REALLY expensive for how tiny they are.

Here are the three I really like;

I like the sizes they're at because I measured and they'll fit in the extra spaces in my room. I also think they'll be perfect for some of my excessively random craft items. (But I'm frustrated that they don't have any pictures of things open or with anything else in the picture to reference the size, grr.)

I was thinking that maybe I could just use some wood glue to construct them, and buy a sheet of inexpensive wood at the local home improvement store and have my dad help me cut them to size. (He's got clamps and saws and stuff in the garage.)

But, besides that, I'm not sure how I'd proceed. so... help! any advice would be wonderful.
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009 05:59:13 PM »

Well, I imagine it wouldn't be easy to carve the design out right on the wood -- so perhaps you could take a thin board of wood, draw and cut them out (not sure what to use for cutting,though) and attach them to the finished box via glue or tiny nails.
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009 10:18:03 AM »

Yes, get dad to measure the spots you want them to fit in and figure out the woodworking part.  Making a box is mostly about cutting the wood accurately and having enough patience to wait for the glue to dry. I use premade boxes as I can never get two pieces cut exactly the same with my tools and skill level.

To replicate the first design, leave the wood bare, or put on a spit coat (1/2 white shellac, 1/3 rubbing alcohol), then cut a stencil for the wood part of the design.  Attach to the box using rubber cement.  Or cut the design out of painters' tape.  The spit coat gives you a good surface to paint on.  Paint the box black, then dry brush or rub with pewter craft paint to get that dusty look.  Peel off stencil.  Seal with clear shellac or low lustre varnish. The second box omits the stencil, but you could paint the handles black or rust then drybrush with black.  I think the price is the store wants is mostly in the Wiccan designs and the paint finish.  They might have used a very fine laquer spray for the dusty look, but that's really hard to do at home, and laquer is poisonous.
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