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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 $425

 

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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

 

A birthday gift commissioned for a "friend who has everything", my customer wanted friends and family members at a birthday party to write notes to the recipient and she wanted a fancy box to store those notes on loose pieces of paper.  This is a modified clamshell box; a four-sided box with a hinged lid.  My customer liked the idea of someone playing the piano, at night, under the Brooklyn Bridge.  The raised bridge was created from many layers of thin board built up under the leather.

 

Brooklyn bridge at night birthday box leather

 

brooklyn bridge box

     

- inside dimensions 8" wide by 12" long by 3" deep

- box covered with black pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- box edges covered with eggshell linen book cloth

- box lined with black and white marbled paper

- piano player and moon on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and pewter and silver stamping foils

- lettering on cover and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $390 (not including the cost of the die that had to be made for this project to add the piano player to the cover; that die would cost approximately $95)

 

 

 

 

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custom black leather birthday box with brooklyn bridge and piano player spine

 

custom black leather modified clamshell birthday box with brooklyn bridge and piano player open with marbled paper lining 1

 

custom black leather modified clamshell birthday box with brooklyn bridge and piano player open with marbled paper lining 2

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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 box had a very sweet story to go along with it.  My customer's widowed father needed a place to keep special photos of his late wife and she wanted me to make a box that would serve this purpose.  He always gave his wife gladiolas, which became a bit of an inside joke with them, so the box had to have a stem of gladiola on the front.  The burgundy leather box cover is complimented by the copper pigment accents on the raised flowers.  Copper lettering reading, "A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the soul" was added to the front cover.  This is a modified clamshell box; a four-sided box with a hinged lid, lined with marbled paper to securely hold treasured memories.

 

leather gladiola memory box

 

gladiola memory box

     

- dimensions 8" wide by 10" tall by 2" deep

- box cover is burgundy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised gladiola flowers accented with copper pigment

- box edges covered with brown linen book cloth

- box lined with marbled paper

- decoration on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- approximately $295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom leather modified clamshell box with gladiola flower front

 

custom leather modified clamshell memory box with gladiola flower detail

 

custom leather modified clamshell memory box with gladiola flower closed

 

custom leather modified clamshell memory box with gladiola flower open 1

 

custom leather modified clamshell memory box with gladiola flower open 2

 

 

     
     
     

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