I found this old hat box that had been thrown out. I was definitely born in the wrong era as I'm drawn to these old pieces. I took it home knowing I could rescue it. It turned out to be a collection of putting together a lot of different elements I love. The rescued hat box, doilies, barbed wire, music sheets and my collection of tea bag packaging. When I started I wasn't quite sure where I was going with it, but I knew I wanted to put the hat box together again, but with a bit of me in it.
I started off by using masking tape to puzzle it together. I applied gel medium (a type of glue) to the inside of the hat box, sticking it together with a doillie.
Excuse the sugar canister, but it was the closet thing on hand to put abit of weight on the lid. The cast iron on top gave enough weight to straighten out the lid as it was slightly warped. I left it overnight to dry.
The bottom section was luckily only slightly torn apart.
This is the gel medium I use. Its absolutely amazing. Works fantastically as a glue, it dries see through. It can also be used to add texture to a canvas.
I used ribbon as support on the section that were pulling apart. Again left it to dry overnight.
I stuck music sheets on the inside and used lace as ties, so that the lid doesn't fall backwards when opened.
I stuck music notes on the outside aswell. The bottom section is my collection of tea bag packaging I've been collecting. They're made out of material and have these wonderful little sayings on them about enjoying a cup of tea (That's if you enjoy tea, then you'd appreciate them). To incorporate the barbed wire I made a heart and hung it from the side latch.
The end product fits in well. It might not be everybody's taste, but it's nice to see that it's not landing in a dumpster.
- Gel medium, material tea bag packaging's, music sheets, lace, doillie and the throw away hat box
Published March 16th, 2017 2:18 PM
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Jacx on Mar 20, 2017I recently found some and am hoarding it! May copy it to use. Only have a few pages. Seems to be difficult to find around here. The chair I'm working on is much older than I first thought. It has straw, horse hair and cotton felt inside. Had thought to just clean the outer fabric and put a slip cover over all, then paint, then sell it. The fabric literally fell apart! So, now I'm taking it apart and will recover it. Doesn't look to be profitable but will learn something. Can I ask how you got to being able to post what you do, would love to do the same. Thanks for info.