|Project by mrsKennyMak||posted 06-12-2014 01:28 AM||1198 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I began raving to Kenny over Andy’s art boxes approximately one year ago, but a thousand words apiece could never do them justice. Well, I finally got around to printing out a few pages’ worth of images (plus the tutorial), approximately three months ago; and this—Kenny’s second and still evolving [re]design—is the result.
The last “group” photo shows Kenny’s completed “groovy boxes,” so far. (The large box is 10.5×7.5×4.25” and the two small boxes are 4.5×4.5×3.5”.)
Here is his commentary:
“When I saw Andy’s art boxes, I was really inspired.
“I wanted to come as close as possible to the results in Andy’s tutorial, but necessity dictated that I would have to improvise with the only tool I had available to me—a 2-inch flap wheel, which I used with a drill press.”
“Regarding variety in shape, using the flap wheel limited my options very much; and although I initially tried to implement Andy’s effects, I’m really quite happy, overall, that my own improvisations led me in a different direction. (I’ve recently purchased a rotary tool, along with four bits, and am eager to experiment more with my new tools.)”
“I used aromatic cedar for the underside of the lid, and I also thought the sculpting I did on it had a pretty cool effect.
“This box ended up with a lot of deep curves, which people have said make them look like driftwood. Maureen and I have been referring to them as ‘groovy boxes’; but like so many others here have already said, none of these art boxes would exist if not for Andy.”
Lid (underside): Aromatic Cedar
Lining: Black Velvet Flocking
Hardware: Brass Pin Hinges.
“With the bigger box, which was my first attempt, I attached a chain and barrel hinges; but I use pin hinges when I don’t want to use a chain, and I think they go pretty well, here, with this box.
“The smaller, cube-shaped boxes—one basswood and the other walnut—both have aromatic cedar innards. I’ve also burned a small reference point on the lid and box openings for easy closing. (The walnut one was my first attempt at sculpting hardwood.)”
Finish: Polymerized Tung Oil
“I’d eventually like to experiment with other finishes, but right now the polymerized tung oil is the devil I know. (When I first started working with it, I almost surrendered. It’s definitely a bit tricky, and there is a learning curve, but I think I’ve got the hang of it, now.)”
Thanks for the viewing (and for seeing past my lights/camera/background-testing photos)!
-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp