These sculptures are great in shadow boxes to adorn a wall, but more popular are my jewelry type boxes. I started purchasing lovely, affordable wooden boxes with magnetic clasps from a craft supply store back in October. They are the perfect size and great quality for my needs. I stain the boxes, create free hand celtic knotwork on 2 sides and the front with green and gold paint, glaze the box, felt it, and then crown it with an original green girl.
My problem now, is that after all these months, with 2 shops keeping them in stock and at least 2 other shop keepers interested in carrying them, I can't get those perfect blank wooden boxes any more! I used to use larger boxes with base metal clasps before I went to these little magnetic ones. I'd rather not go back to those boxes because I feel the clasp just doesn't match as well as it should. Scallop shell base metal with celtic knots? Eh. But now I'm at a loss of what to do aside take up wood working. Anyone know where I can get a cheap lathe and a few acres of birch?
If there's anything I've learned from this, it's to not rely on a single supplier for what will be a staple item. Now I'll have to find replacement boxes and I'm a little nervous that those who wanted these exact types won't be that happy with them/me.
|This was my first box sold online. It's small and hexagon in shape - it was very hard to work with when it came to painting the little knot and felting it inside. I hope I don't have to return to these!|