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Topic: How can I personalize the top of clear pin boxes?  (Read 1911 times)
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« on: August 29, 2012 09:04:40 PM »

My friend's mom works at a quilting shop and they go through a ton of pins.  I heard they were just throwing out the plastic boxes that they come in.  I was horrified to hear this!
His mother now saves them for me.  For the longest time I had no idea what to do with them, but recently I had an idea.  I was thinking that I could personalize the top and give them away as little boxes for people to hold what-ever they want in.
The boxes are like the ones here: http://www.roserushbrooke.com/dritz-xf-glass-head-pins.html
I was thinking of designing the main part on the computer and then gluing it on to the plastic, in the little recessed area in the middle.  I could also add rhinestones and glitter and all that fun stuff.
What glue should I use to make sure it will be clear to see the image and be flexible so it doesn't pop off when they use the box?

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012 05:17:54 AM »

Can't help you with the glue, just wanted to say great idea and good luck.

If they are flat enough to pass through the mailbox they would make great shipping containers for jewelrey or other small stuff as well.

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012 12:15:56 AM »

I don't know if it would work for these but you could look up a tut for decoupauge. I'm sure they'd mention the kind of glue they use in any case.

They might also be good for sorting beads or small office supplies like paper clips

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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012 12:16:40 PM »

If there is a glue, then I would probably print your image, and seal it well, slightly smaller than the recessed groove area - maybe seal it by wrapping flat in clear packing tape on either side, making sure the edges are sealed well, trim to fit slightly smaller than the section, glue it in, then seal it over with a clear layer of resin.  If you layer the resin in stages (2 part would take longer, UV can be set in minutes), then you could add inclusions, such as glitter, charms, buttons, etc.  I would not add rhinestones or crystals IN the resin, as it would take away the facets and you just end up with what looks like an itty bitty coloured mirror.  HOWEVER, when the resin is dried and fully cured, you probably could carefully drill into it and glue chatons into the drilled out areas, or glue flat backs directly onto the surface with dots of 2 part epoxy (which was how I was taught by a Swarovski rep was the proper glue to use with solid surfaces).

Another thought, if you want to decorate the tops, without an image, but with items, is to press in an air drying 2 part epoxy clay, like Apoxie Sculpt, Apoxie Clay, Crystal Clay, or something like that, and either texture with stamps, or manually, apply colour with things like mica powder, and press in decorations, like chatons.  After it has dried, it could still be sculpted, painted, drilled etc, for further decoration.

« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2012 12:25:35 AM »

if you dont want to use decopoge
Get yourself a bottle of glossy accents
its about 6 dollars at a local craft store.
Its a air drying plastic resin no mix no fuss, scrap bookers use it to give there stickers a bubble effect.
Pirnt a pic you want attach with a little glue add the glossy onto it wait about 24 hours to make sure its not tacky though this stuff drys quick. and it will look like its part of the box
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2012 11:47:30 PM »

Mod Podge is the classic decoupage glue; dries clear, sticks to many surfaces, would definitely work for your project.
I find it stays a bit sticky sometimes, though, so when everything's done and dry, I spray with a clear finish.

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