|Dust clouds on the horizon|
So what's a girl to do? You can't store anything that isn't wrapped in plastic or it gets so dirty that it becomes unusable. Now, I am a hat lover. I love all manner of old vintage or vintage inspired finery and keeping it clean and wearable became a nightmare. So....I bought some real kitchey Hat boxes covered in a really nice paper with a sprigged floral design on them. Only problem the dust made them look horrible in a very short while. How do you keep paper covered boxes from getting just grim? Simple. You cover them with wood.
Now I had never tried to do any marquetry. I had a cabinet shop for years and we used lots of veneer on cabinet end panels and finished backs but truthfully - large pieces of veneer put on with contact cement was one of my own personal "boogie men" and I always hated it when I had to help stick veneer. Now I had this brilliant idea of sticking it on a box. Add into it that me and a kraft knife never got along all that well either. So for the first try, I cut the veneer scraps that I gleaned from the shop with a scissor. I'm a seamstress, I have lots of practice with a scissor. I could cut with a scissor, but it was nearly impossible to get the seams between the pieces tight enough. I had to finally take the plunge and make friends with a kraft knife. That was 10 years ago. The kraft knife has almost become an extension of my hand....who knew that something I was really not that good with could become such a part of me?
|tools of the trade|
Now I collect veneer like many people collect stamps. All kinds of wonderful woods waiting to become beautiful, functional storage that can be dusted like fine furniture.
|Hat box side view|
|newest hat box ready to spray|