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More information on the books pictured above can be found in the following galleries (clockwise from left):

Impala and motel sign (daytime) - gallery - intricate

Album with crab - gallery - intricate

Impala with motel (nighttime) - gallery - pop culture

Chevy Cheyenne - gallery - baby

3/4 binding sunflower with copper accent  - gallery - engagement

 

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  gallery - boxes  

 

This box was created to hold a prop jewelry piece from the Xena television series; a gold-colored anklet used in the filming of the last Xena episode.  That episode was set in Japan and in it, the Xena character wore a striking red kimono that was singed at the hem.  That was the inspiration for the cover of this box.  This is a modified clamshell box; a four-sided box with a hinged lid.  An insert was built to hold and display the anklet.

 

leather kimono box for jewelry storage

 

kimono box

     

- inside dimensions roughly 7" square and 2" deep

- raised panel on the box lid

- box is covered with black goatskin leather

- sides of box covered with black vellum book cloth

- raised kimono design built from thin board and covered with red British calfskin leather waxed to intensify the color and accented with black wax at the "hem"

- kimono set into a slightly recessed area on the lid

- box is lined with black acid-free Arches cover paper

- round, raised anklet holder inside the box covered with thin black goatskin leather

- approximately $460

 

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custom leather modified clamshell box with red kimono to hold xena costume anklet front cover

 

custom leather modified clamshell box with red kimono to hold xena costume anklet front cover detail

 

custom leather modified clamshell box with red kimono to hold xena costume anklet open

 

custom leather modified clamshell box with red kimono to hold xena costume anklet detail

This box was made to hold a unique antique brass doorknob with a face cast into it that was a gift for an antique hardware collector.  This is a modified clamshell box; a four-sided box with a flat, hinged lid.  I wanted the closure on the box to be made of actual hardware to hint at what was inside.

antique hardware presentation box with square nail closure


hardware gift box with square nail closure

     

- dimensions are roughly 8" wide by 4" tall

- box covered with rust linen book cloth and burgundy vellum book cloth

- box is lined with dark brown paper

 - brick pattern on lid added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and tan stamping pigment

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and burgundy stamping pigment

- hardware box closure made with dark brown goatskin leather, a steel washer, and a hand-formed square nail

- approximately $230

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom modified cloth covered clamshell box for antique hardware presentation with antique nail closure detail

 

custom doorknob hardware gift box open

 

custom doorknob hardware gift box open with contents

 

custom doorknob hardware gift box detail

 

 

 

This retirement gift presentation box was created for a wonderful metalsmithing instructor of mine (fabulous metalsmith Robert Laible) who retired after many years at our local community college.  As a retirement gift, the entire class pitched in to buy him a lovely Fretz planishing hammer and I created the presentation box for that hammer.  This is a modified clamshell box; a four-sided box with a hinged lid.  A variety of very nice leathers were used on the cover of this box.  Everyone in the class wrote a short page for a very small book that is tied to the inside of the lid.  This book was bound not by me, but by another member of the class, ceramicist Sara Holt, in very soft pigsuede leather with marbled endpapers.  The gift hammer rests on a removeable stand.  I truly enjoyed my years in this class.  Everyone in the class valued our instructor's patience, knowledge, and humor.  This final project was our collaboration for him.

 

retirement jewelry fretz hammer presentation box 1

 

retirement presentation box

     

- dimensions are roughly 4" wide by 12" long by 5" deep

- box cover consists of dark brown goatskin leather and sprinkled calfskin

- edges of box covered with eggshell linen book cloth

- box is lined with acid-free Arches cover paper

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and tan stamping pigment

- decoration on cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and tan stamping pigment

- ring pull on front forged from sterling silver and attached with linen tape

- small book inside lid tied in with linen tape

- small book bound in tan pig suede 

- marbled endpaper inside small book

- hammer stand covered with gray-tan linen book cloth and dark brown goatskin leather

- a project like this can only be quoted on a per-order basis

 

 

retirement fretz jewelry hammer presentation box


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custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull closed

 

custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull closed 2

 

custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull lettering on top of box

 

custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull removable hammer stand

 

custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull leather book cover

 

custom modified clamshell retirement leather gift box with attached leather book hammer and silver ring pull leather book marbled endpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     
     
     

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