Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Concertina Box (or is it a book?)





Remember I said there was an unfinished project from Sunday. Well here it is, done and dusted. In truth, all I managed to do on the day was create the structure. I left the decoration part until I was back home safely, ensconced in my craft room, surrounded by all my bits and bobs.

I first saw the concertina box/book idea at a stall at the Ally Pally Craft show this year. I asked the lady who was demoing, how she put it together and she said that it was easy to find on the internet. Well, it wasn't. I hadn't a clue which words to throw at google. And those I chose, didn't throw up the project I was after.

However, I persisted with ever more inventive search words and finally found this tutorial here.

I made this particular box with no specific purpose in mind, except to try it out and see how simple it was to assemble. I loved making altered books a few years ago, with niches inside but it takes a lot of work and bucket loads of sharp blades to cut them out. This seemed like a great way to achieve the same effect with less effort. And having now trialed it, I can confirm that yes it is indeed easy to make.

And now that I've acquainted myself with the technique, I can see myself making it in larger sizes in the future. And maybe, it'll be created the other way around, as in, I'll have the idea first, then I'll put it together.

14 comments:

JoZart said...

Wonderful to see it finished and it is exquisite.
I was really excited to share the first stage of your prototype on Sunday and now also have an idea to make one using the base structure. Thanks so much for the inspiration Paul, for the great company and the laughs on Sunday and also for the link to the tutorial.
Love Jo x

Chris said...

This is simply gorgeous, Paul. Love the delicate shades of colour and your handmade flowers are fab.

Thanks for the instructions link - I think I may try this one very soon.

kjjc said...

ooo this is gorgeous Paul. Love the ephemeral quality of it.

olive said...

it is gorgeous Paul... can you let me know what that puffy stuff was that you used on your flowers????? xx

Jeanne J said...

Paul, Great project! I love all the details, textures and the soft colors. I really like the trim up the spine and the frayed fabric on the inside. Gorgeous!

Cath Wilson said...

That's lovely, Paul and thanks for the link - I really fancy making one of these.

Love the way you've made it - so delicate and yet shabby chic - beautiful x

cockney blonde said...

Beautiful Paul, very delicate and feminine. Thanks for the link, I may give this a try, x

alexa said...

Exquisite - very lovely indeed, Paul. Your perseverance was worth every inch. :)

Dotpat said...

Just one word Paul fabulous

Neet said...

Ooh, now I AM miffed I missed out on Sunday. Not just missing on seeing you begin creating this but on your company too.
This is beautiful - I just love this new direction you are going in - you are the master of it.
Hugs, Neet

Michele said...

Whatever it is - it's gorgeous! Saw something similar in cs a while ago, but never got around to doing it - you've inspired me to dig out the article and have a go x

Andrea Ewen said...

Wonderfully gorgeous, Paul...an amazing work of art...so rich and delicate in it's detail! All of the accents that you've added are simply perfect...a beautiful collage of accoutrements!

gypsychick said...

Simply gorgeous!

Jayess51 said...

Thank you so much for the link. I saw a completed one today (missed the demo)and was searching the internet for instructions.