||After completing all of the steps in
the basic construction tutorial, you should have a lovely little
box just like this one.
Now, let's dress it up just a little bit. This box has
such lovely artwork that it would be a shame to cover it all up
with "stuff", so we are going to just add some simple trim to
dress it up a bit and cover some seams.
||Apply a thin bead of glue around the
outer edge of the lid top, and around the top edge of the lid
sides as shown.
||Apply your braid trim to the lid top
and sides. This trim works well for this purpose because of
how naturally it folds down the center to fit over the corner edge
of the lid.
NOTE: Before cutting this trim, apply
glue to the back side of the end, or the area where you are going
to make your cut, and cut carefully. If you are careful you
can join the two ends of the trim so neatly you can't tell where
the ends were joined together.
||The trim also can be easily split in
half by carefully cutting the threads that run down the center of
the trim. Cut your remaining trim piece in half, and if
necessary, pick out all those little stray cut threads with
Apply a thin bead of glue around the bottom edge of
the lid, and around the bottom edge of the hatbox itself, and
||Use an x-acto, awl pointed scissors
or very large yarn needle to make holes in the sides of the
hatbox. Make the holes spaced evenly across the hatbox from
each other, and make sure that they are low enough on the box that
they are not going to be covered by the lid when it is placed on
||Place glue on each end of your
cording and twist to make a point and to prevent unraveling.
Tie a knot in one end of the cording. Beginning from the
inside of the box, thread the unknotted end of the cord thru one
hole. Then thread two jump rings onto the cording.
||Bring the end of the cord around the
outside of the box, and thread thru the remaining hole, going from
outside to inside the box. Jump rings are still hanging
loosely on the cording at this point.
||Pull the cording up snugly and tie a
knot 1/2" from the end of the cording. Clip off excess.
Pull the cording handle from the outside so that the knots are
against the inside walls of the box.
||Place a tiny bit of glue around the
hole on the outside of the box, and slide a jump ring up against
the box and into the glue. This gives a nice finish to the
hole. Repeat for other side.
||There you are! Lovely!
And a wonderful piece to display with your new February Hat!
See you next month!!!