Gift Boxes

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A woman who makes bespoke soap asked me to make some display/gift boxes as a trial run for her Shop.  She wanted five units, simple, black.  I suggested a lift-lid so the top can be removed and the base placed inside it, so as to be a soap-dish or sorts.  She liked that idea.  There was a deadline so she could have these in her shop for Christmas sales.  I made it by one day.  Yay.

Well, anyone who knows me, knows I dont do Simple.  I added some Jazz with subtle tapered curves in a wrap-around effect, and sprinkling of Gold flakes into the wet lacquer, more or less randomly;  and broke all the sharp edges.  These will fit the standard bar of Ivory soap, with a hair of wiggle room.  She will add a sticker with the company logo on the tops, which is the Eye of Horus inside a pyramid with rays in an arc emanating from the pyramid.

For those who dont know what I have been up to lately, this is not just painted wood with some poly on it.  This is a treasured Japanese technique of lacquering.  The finish you see has many stages, but to keep the explanation simple, lets just say there are two sealer coats of Marine varnish (thinned W/MS), 7 coats of Varnish tinted with black iron oxide powder (thinned), and two very thin final coats of varnish ; and polishing/leveling with Japanese crystal water stones at different stages.  The last step is to buff with a wax compound I make myself ( which I have to do, right Now!).

FYI:  the first several coats of tinted lacquer I dont filter, I have found that it is good to have some "beef" at this stage.  The later coats are filtered with Japanese Washi paper, like this:


What makes me happy aout this project?  It is done.  And paid for!
What challenges did I face?  A deadline
What did I learn? Nothing, really.
Anything else?

Yep.  Have a great day.
And thanks for viewing.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

26 Comments

As always Brian, nice project.


Petey

These look great - simple clean (haha...for soap) design.  Guessing you'll have more to build.  
Those are gorgeous boxes, A finishing process that I need to put on my list of learning how to do. The small, detailed boxes need to have a wonderful finish to match, and for display. Well Done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice “simple” boxes, Brian! One of these days you’ll have to give more details of your finishing regimen.

May you have the day you deserve!

ive seen you use this process before and the results are just stunning. not something id probably ever do though. im a wipe on wipe off finish guy. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

The black is stunning, photos sucked all the light out of my room 😀

Must be some fancy soap cuz those boxes are fancy on their own. Buy a box, get a free bar of soap!
I just hope they don't think they are soap dishes, it'd bring a tear to my eye.

Fine as always Brian and I can't end this without mentioning your wax. Do you "wax on, wax off"> (too soon, I know)

 I like your lacquering technique and the result looks beautiful! and it looks like you played with the cut out part of the base box!  Great job!

No name noobie here

I like the boxes and the black.  I wonder though - what would just a hint of gold leaf do?  Remembering some of your previous work........
A general heart-felt thank you to everyone who commented - thank you!!!

For anyone interested in this Japanese craft, I have a huge data-base, most of it gifted to me by Madburg (Martin, who is well-known on that other site), which I would be happy to pass on.  That would have to be by email, as the files are really big.

Splint - wax on, wait 10 minutes, wax off.  It does take some elbow.

Earl - the gold-leaf is in the soap.  Eventually, you will see gold-leaf on some projects.




No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Ye gods- how much does the soap cost to get boxes this good?
Beautiful Brian!  Love the lacquering.  I'll have to do some research on that process :-))
Yeah, Mike, the client is actually stumped as to how much she can charge for the final package.  She is putting crystals and semi-precious stones, flowers, other smelly stuff in the cakes as well.  But this shop is in Denmark, people are richer up there.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Ken - check out Urushi lacquering, or Urushi Maki Lacquering.  Youtube can get you the basics.  There are alot of specialty tools and materials to acquire, if one aims to be a purist.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

brian i dont know what you charged for your part but it sounds like thats gonna be some pretty pricey soap ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Beautiful, like all the work you’ve posted here!
Pottz, some Rich People wisdom:

Why do rich kids have all the great toys?  Because they ask.

If you dont ask, you dont get.

Like this:  This is a "healing" crystal, inside a "purifying" soap, scented with wild mountain flowers, with a "balancing" charge of pure gold leaf, packaged in a handmade box that is finished with an ancient Japanese technique.

Some folks are willing to pay for an Idea, rather than the thing itself.  This is, essentially, why people buy Art.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Ron, thank you.  But, I havent posted any work Here.  You must have me confused with that other guy from that other place.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

so true brian,sometimes the spin sells the soap ! you should wright advertising ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Brian, yours are a work of Art.

Main Street to the Mountains

Ron, thank you.  But, I havent posted any work Here.  You must have me confused with that other guy from that other place.


Sorry about that. The latest project I had in mind was a box called Precession. I thought I had seen that here, but it was at LJ. Am I right in thinking that’s your box? Or are there two different guys named Brian who build exquisite boxes finished with many coats of lacquer?