Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY Type Cabinet



I have been tired of this pile of plastic boxes that house my lead type for my KwikPrint hot stamping machine for a long time.  No one box holds an entire font and the plastic is not aesthetically pleasing. I
have priced type cases on Etsy and eBay and didn't want to pay $175 and up for a wooden box.  When  I found this affordable steel utility case I knew I could turn it into the type case I wanted.


Three of the four drawers had metal 3"x3" dividers.  However, I needed a lot more sections than 12 per drawer.



So I cut up some strips of Davey Board and created a box to place in the drawer with 35 sections. 


This allows me to fit a whole type font, spacers and punctuation per drawer. It was no easy task to cut and glue the row dividers but it was worth the effort.



Not only is the case more functional than the plastic boxes but the industrial look of my DIY type case also looks much better with my machine!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Turning Fabric Into Bookcloth

High quality paper backed bookcloth is a cinch to make at home with a few basic supplies.  Virtually any cloth will do.  In this example I am using Japanese linen fabric I purchased at Britex Fabrics on a recent trip to SanFrancisco. 


The fabric needs a lining because the weave of most cloth would allow too much adhesive to seep through when covering boards. I use a heavyweight Japanese paper like Okawara to line the fabric and a wheat starch paste such as Zen Shofu to attach the lining to the fabric. Cut out your fabric and a piece of Japanese paper the same size as the fabric.


Place the Japanese paper on a piece of waste paper and liberally apply the wheat starch paste in a star pattern starting at the center of the paper and moving out to the edges.


Drape the fabric onto the pasted out Japanese paper and smooth out from the center outwards.  Do not overzealously rub down the fabric as that could cause distortion to the fabric pattern.


Finally place the newly lined fabric between Hollytex (a non-wover polyester) and blotter and weight with a piece of plexi glass. The "drying sandwich" should be blotter, Hollytex, fabric, Hollytex, Blotter.   If you are not a conservator and these materials are not lying around your house you can sandwich the fabric between pieces of wax paper.  The dry time will just be longer. 


After drying over night the bookcloth can be used for full cloth bindings!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Getting Back to an Old Friend


After a long hiatus (two years?) I've finally re-opened my other Etsy shop - Not New Shop.  A celebration of all things vintage.  I've trolled thrift stores and yard sales for most of my life so this is my attempt to clear out the clutter of things I no longer collect.


My fascination with souvenirs knows no bounds.  This is just one of the many oddities I've found over the years - a set of floating candles from Vatican City from 1908.


This pair of sweet sterling silver earrings have old fashioned screw backs.  I always think of my grandmother when I see screw backs. She thought only "dubious women" pierced their ears!


My husband used to collect vintage razors and other barber shop items.  Then we had kids and we boxed up all the sharp objects.  Time to let them go after a decade in a box!


Wearing vintage jewelry was so much fun but now I have simpler taste.  This Hattie Carnegie costume piece is a stunner.