In the summer of 2012, I started making portfolios and since then I’ve added three more sizes of notepad covers. Back when I started making them, I had a conversation with myself trying to decide whether to make those or boxes. This winter I’ve come back to the boxes. I started with some clamshell ones with a piece of my enameling inserted in the top. You can see one here, if you scroll to the bottom.
In December, before the deep freeze set in, I enlisted the help of Sam Caster, an accomplished metal artist, for ideas, encouragement and scraps. To my delight, Sam was very supportive and even willing to add his artistic touch in finishing my pieces. For the past few months, I’ve been making more boxes to work with Sam’s designs. We are finally ready to put some on the market! First are the ones with my enameling:
Then Sam’s work on stainless steel:
I’m planning on making these boxes to order to exactly fit people’s heirloom treasures, jewelry or wedding memories. I think it will be a fun diversion from my books and a great use for all my paper!
I will be putting a few up on Etsy in the coming week and they will be available at the Arts Center.