Upcycled Cigar Box
After making rings lately, I remembered I had cigar boxes I was saving to make jewelry boxes out of. The first thing I had to do was remove all visable lables. I used felt for the liner originally on this box but later you will see how I turned it into a ring box. I had an image on a stamp I picked out for this project and had to remove the black paint in order to transfer the image for wood burning. I found that Goof Off works perfect and you can remove it in layers. After I transfered the image and burned in the lines I took a Q tip and dipped it into Goof Off and removed more of the finish of the flowers, leaves and humming bird to make it pop with a semi dark back drop.
I decided to use 3/4 inch Backer Rod that you can get at a hardware store to seal cracks or windows etc. It worked perfect for making the slots for the rings. I also got an old pair of velvet pants from the 70's I used for the material and glued each side of the rod with a glue stick/hot glue ok too. When all put together I placed it back in the box and used a credit card to tuck the sides and in between each rod. For the lid I chose an antique broquet design and just glued it with a glue stick. I didn't want to use mod podge because I wanted the old trunk look. I think it turned out pretty good.
If it wasn't for the availability of Jewelry design while I had my painters block, I would probably not be able to cope very well without the outlet of creation. It was another way to use my imagination.
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