Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lil' Boxes for a Jewelry Box with the JMPv2 - Gilding and Lining

The last of the videos for this jewelry box!  Banners fly! People cheer!

In this episode, we'll decoratively reinforce the mitered box then move on to something more interesting: gilding.  I decided to gild the inside of the coves with silver leaf to add a bit of shine.  It's easy to do and you can get creative with the process so give it a look.  All you'd need to gild is gilding 'size' (the glue) and a book of leaf of the metal you want.  I halfway considered gilding an escutcheon around the keyhole.  My mom has a lot of necklaces with silver Maple leaf motifs so a Maple leaf in silver as an escutcheon might have been a nice accent.  You could do this complicated pattern with a resist.  The reason I didn't is that the box is just nice Mahogany and having a bit of shiny bling in the middle would be too distracting.  ...but gilding offers those kinds of possibilities.

Lastly, the jewelry box lid and bottom as well as the tray box bottoms get lined with batting and velvet.

Overall, I'm happy with it.  Now to start planning the next project also in Mahogany!