Heart shaped jewellery box

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Project by TJ65 posted 07-09-2010 09:18 AM 4816 views 20 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a success this project was, and right from the inception .
I was sure I was doing something wrong because everything seemed to go so right.
I even took my time to get the grain in the right direction for the lid!!!! Now that’s a first !

I am extremely pleased with the outcome as this is the first piece of carving (the lid and flowers only) that has gone all the way to the finished piece.
I used the scrollsaw to cut the box itself out and then carved the lid etc. It is made from maple, with the base and strip out of rosewood- (I think ). And coated with 3 coats of danish oil. The size of the box measures 150mm from the outside and 450mm deep. Not including the lid.

The first 2 pics are pretty true to colour, then the sun decided to go and hide so I had to venture off to find the light as I didn’t want to use the flash.
As you can see there are two layers with the lid secured in place by a large magnet (hence the pin). I decided to round the base as it looked too flat in comparrison to everything else. I think the hardest part of the project was to find suitable material to suit the colouring of the wood. I started with the idea of flocking, then went to felt and finally as there was more colour choice to the silk look.

Hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed making

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 09:34 AM

WOW Theresa, that is real nice. No wonder you are pleased with the result. The shape, the carving and the finish are superb. Good to see you back into after the m/bike mixup.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 10:08 AM

Beatiful piece TJ.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 10:16 AM


-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 10:25 AM

The attention to detial on this is perfect! You did a bang up job on this. I was working on a chess board yesterday making the outside boarder and everything was going wrong! Something so easy, not so easy when your tired from working all night I supose. Nice to see that everything went so well for you!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 10:52 AM

Wonderful work Theresa! All of your choices here were excellent. The carving is beautiful and very well placed, both inside and outside, the grain direction is great and the satin was perfect for the interior and adds a touch of glamor.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 11:39 AM

Oh, Theresa! This box is just exquisite! I once tried chip carving and made an absolute mess. I don’t know how you did such intricate and delicate detail. The first thing I woke up to this morning was the notification that you posted this and it was a wonderful and inspirational way to start my day. You did a beautiful job on it and should really be proud!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 07-09-2010 11:41 AM

A real beauty, you should be proud.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 01:30 PM

First time carving?? This box turned out beautiful. I love the lift out try and satin was definetly the way to go! Thank you for sharing.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 01:42 PM

I am so pleased you all have liked it.
I couldn’t wait to show you all.
Even after a day at work and really tired coz of the end of the week I took the camera out and got it posted as soon as I could. I was getting so impatient that I had thought of posting it without the satin in it, but perserverance stepped in and patience took over.

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 01:53 PM

This is so cool. What artistry. And Gosh, the carvings are fantastic.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 01:55 PM

Theresa, this is one of the most unique boxes I`ve seen.
You did a superb job!

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#12 posted 07-09-2010 01:58 PM

Now that is nice. Outstanding piece you have there Theresa. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 07-09-2010 02:22 PM

Very beautiful

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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#14 posted 07-09-2010 02:25 PM

Fantastic, Beautiful, Artistic.
You did a wonderful job.

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#15 posted 07-09-2010 02:40 PM

I an wowed by this piece, Theresa!

The use of grain, the carving, the lining…. all the extra details take this project from good to spectacular. And an excellent job on the photography to top it off.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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