|And a hatbox has appeared out of nowhere...|
Long straps and buckles
|Put the strap in the jaws of your pliers, until the sides almost disappear, then make a mark on the pliers, with a felt tip, pencil, etc.|
|Put one end of the wire about halfway on the jaws, where you made the mark, close the jaws, and bend the wire around, as shown. (A past pet rat, left a memory chew on my plier handles at the top there..how sweet of her.. :D ).|
|Remove the wire, and use the end of the pliers to hold the unbent side of the wire, so that you can bend the excess wire towards the other end of the wire.|
|You should end up with something like this, snip the wire close to the other end, or even better, snip it, so there is a small gap between each end of the wire. That way it will sit perfectly over the buckle pin.|
|At one end of the strap, cut a notch. After cutting the parallel lines, you can use the tip of the knife, to remove the waste section quite easily. Use your pliers or tweezers to bend those tabs back, leaving a small gap, as shown.|
|Make sure the buckle, is slightly wider than the width of the strap.|
|Cut a piece of wire and use superglue to attach, as shown.|
Suitcase handle 2
|On the reverse, use a ball stylus to shape. I also glued a tiny piece of "leather" on to the reverse, to save me having to paint it later.|
Once everything is stuck in place, there will be white edges here and there, so use a paintbrush and some brown watercolour paint to touch up. If you make straps for the interior, paint the edges of the pieces, before gluing into position - otherwise you can't risk painting the edges due to the proximity of the lining paper. Lesson learnt from experience :D
You can leave your suitcase picture perfect, or you can bash it up. I rarely bash anything, because, I am afraid to, but I gave it a go, and it was GREAT! I bashed mine in with the handle of my exacto knife, using it like a hammer, then I sanded it, scored it, etc. I
Shoeboxes and boxes
If you kept the little box templates, you will notice there are no tabs on them. I think the tabs make them too bulky, so I just cut them out, and added tabs with paper. Again, use hairspray to seal the ink, before cutting them out. There are two plain shoeboxes as well, score the side with the black lines, and fold so they are on the inside of the box when made up.
|Cut two strips of paper the same height as the sides of the template.|
|Score the box first. Glue one end of the strip to the side, and then cut off, leaving a tab.|
|Fold the sides in, and fold over the tabs too, and make up the box, again using tweezers to hold the tabs in place.|
|A stack of tiny boxes! You can use a bit of paint to touch up the exposed corners. I didn't bother with that on the box at the bottom. Too lazy!|
Oh and the Adlake Camera box has a Kodak ad on the back, whoops. I forgot to crop the Kodak bit out. But it looks fine. Just pretend it was an offer by Kodak to develop the film from the Adlake camera, I think, I am taking this too seriously...the box was scaled to fit an Adlake box camera, but I can't remember which one it was...
Isn't the Adlake graphic brilliant! I love it. I don't know if it is very clear to see, but you can see it more clearly here.
All the images used on the boxes are public domain, and are available at Vintage Printable
|Er.......yes, I still haven't put the Christmas decorations away yet :D|