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« on: April 25, 2006 05:57:56 PM »

i recently picked up a copy of a book called betsy hale succeeds. it's a dark green hardcover with two girls climbing a mountain, embossed in black and gold. i'd like to turn it into a box, but i have no idea how to go about that. any suggestions for materials and/or techniques? thanks!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2006 04:49:23 PM »


maybe i'll just dive in and see what happens.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2006 05:57:28 PM »

i've actually seen something like this attempted, but can't find the site.

it went something like this:
1.  use an exacto knife to cut a rectangle from the interior of the book (make sure you leave edges)
2. mod podge or elmer's glue all of the pages to the back cover
3. let dry, but do not close the front cover!
4.  when dry, cut felt to fit area around the open rectangle, and glue it on.  if you're feeling ambitious, you can also line the interior of the box part with felt.
5.  voila!

hope this helps and is clear enough to understand - let me know if any of it is confusing.

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006 05:16:03 PM »

Tongue i tried this once, but it was really hard to cut the rectangle in the box, through the pages and end up with straight edges..
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2006 09:23:15 PM »

 You can make a template to cut out the opening.  You can only cut a small number of pages at a time.  You can line up the template  with the previously cut opening.  The knife needs to be really sharp.  Replace blades if necessary.  Sand the pages as you work. 

You can also use gel medium to glue pages together and to smooth the surface.

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