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« on: March 01, 2013 09:18:56 AM »

I have a friend that lets me stay at her flat when I need a place to stay, so I decided to make her something as a thank-you. Since she is an oboist, too, I made something no oboist ever has enough of: a reedbox. I made one for myself some time ago, too. I found the reed holder at reeds-and-stuff only recently, so hers is nicer than my improvised foam one. The cartoon is from the net, forgot wherefrom.

The bottom is painted, the top is paper.

The gift one:

I painted it white first and then drew on it with an edding.

With a test reed:

And a question for well-versed Altoid-Alterists:

How do I put this on a tin and still have it look nice? Beach glass from a trip to the sea two weeks ago:

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013 09:52:28 AM »

E6000 is your friend for all things to be glued... Cheesy

You could also cover the tin with poly clay and embed the sea glass but I think it would block the light...e6000 is at least clear! Cheesy

BTW--what a clever way to store reeds!  I bet your friend liked it a lot!

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013 03:48:57 PM »

Thanks for the tip! I'll try to find some E6000 here in Europe.
And yeah, she liked it a lot and had enough reeds flying around loosely to fill it up immediately...
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013 10:27:48 AM »

Great job on the tins! Do you not find that painting them makes them hard to close? I have painted them before without success. It looks like yours worked fine, though.

I love the drawings on the second tin. Too funny! Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013 04:39:17 PM »

What a special and personalized gift!! Can't wait to see the beach glass tin! I agree with alwaysinmyroom, E6000 won't let you down.

« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013 02:54:03 PM »

I had the painting problem on the first one, too!!! With opening and closing it all the time the paint chafed off a bit. Now it closes easier. With the second one, I just didn't paint the part that goes under the lid. Smiley It doesn't look very neat, but works well. I think it works because of the almost white colour, with a darker one it would be kinda obvious...
I hope there will be the glass one soon, I'm still eating the altoids to empty the box. And then there are so many other projects lying around... As always, I guess!
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