Friday, January 6, 2017

Creating A Music Box! - "The Impossible Dream"

Polymer Clay Sheet


Fabric that inspired the project
Last week my post was about the process of making a polymer sheet of clay with design lines made from polymer canes.   The two pictures above are of the original fabric that inspired the idea and of the finished sheet.  The final sheet was so colorful and interesting that I wanted to use large pieces of it.   How to use it?  

A friend gave me several small wind up music boxes about 2" x 3" x 1"  and I've been wondering how to use them for a couple of years.  Now is the time!  I'd made a box that combined both the music and the design sheet.  


2 Finished Music Boxes
Making a rectangular box was more difficult that I anticipated. First I cut 4 sides and a bottom from the design sheet.  I used a cardboard corner and cured 2 corners at a time and connected the sides with Bake n Bond to cure the sides together and to the bottom.  It worked but was hard to control.  That's the box on the right above.  

The second box (on the left) was formed in scrap clay and cured around a wood box.  That held the shape much better.  I added the design line sides to the baked clay.  That obviously worked too.  I think I'm still experimenting with the best way to make a polymer box!  

Plans for Box 1
Making space for the music box to wind from the bottom

Inside of Music Box 2

Finished Box 2

My first video on my blog!  Please leave a comment on how you liked this post!


video



Friday, January 6, 2017

Creating A Music Box! - "The Impossible Dream"

Polymer Clay Sheet


Fabric that inspired the project
Last week my post was about the process of making a polymer sheet of clay with design lines made from polymer canes.   The two pictures above are of the original fabric that inspired the idea and of the finished sheet.  The final sheet was so colorful and interesting that I wanted to use large pieces of it.   How to use it?  

A friend gave me several small wind up music boxes about 2" x 3" x 1"  and I've been wondering how to use them for a couple of years.  Now is the time!  I'd made a box that combined both the music and the design sheet.  


2 Finished Music Boxes
Making a rectangular box was more difficult that I anticipated. First I cut 4 sides and a bottom from the design sheet.  I used a cardboard corner and cured 2 corners at a time and connected the sides with Bake n Bond to cure the sides together and to the bottom.  It worked but was hard to control.  That's the box on the right above.  

The second box (on the left) was formed in scrap clay and cured around a wood box.  That held the shape much better.  I added the design line sides to the baked clay.  That obviously worked too.  I think I'm still experimenting with the best way to make a polymer box!  

Plans for Box 1
Making space for the music box to wind from the bottom

Inside of Music Box 2

Finished Box 2

My first video on my blog!  Please leave a comment on how you liked this post!


video