Making a Box

I get obsessed.   I am obsessed with metal clay right now. I work with bronze clay that I make myself so I can afford to try almost anything I want.  I am currently trying to make hollow forms using glass marbles as molds.  Did I mention that I am obsessed with hollow forms?

A couple of years ago, I was obsessed with boxes.  And what is a box but a hollow form?  Here are some pictures from one of the projects.  Click on the pictures for captions.





I really am horrible at measuring no matter how hard I try. This part of the box came together rather easily, much to my surprise.




Next comes the hinges. Gaaaa! I really don’t know what I’m doing. But I did take a class with Richard Salley (fabulous teacher) where we made hinges. I think I learned more than I realized.




I know bupkis about making closures for boxes but I saw this one in a book somewhere and it looked forgiving enough.




And here’s the box!  It’s about 2″ tall and 3/4″ wide.



I heartily recommend Hinges and Hinge Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmithsby Charles Lewton-Brain  and The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets by Tim McCreight.