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Author Topic: How to make a period box for your artifact  (Read 2188 times)
Zeppelin Captain
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Revisiting history until we get it right

« on: January 01, 2010, 05:41:54 pm »

I've been quite pleased with my efforts to make a faux period box to hold my small artifacts such as USB drives. Here's how I do it.
I found a bunch of hinged tin boxes on Etsy and bought ten of them They are about the size if an Altoid box and are silver colored. Perfect.

find a piece of period artwork on the internet which suits your style. I found this

then using your favorite paint program, remove everything that doesn't work for you

then paste in your own detail

Now here's the secret part - go to a Staples or office supply store and buy a pack of clear, full sheet printable labels. Size your art to fit your tin, and print it out. Apply it to the tin, trim the overhanging bits, and spray with clear coating to protect the ink. It will look like this:

Now all that's left is to cushion the inside - cut a nest for your object out of foam, then cover it with velvet, gluing it down to the tin. This small bit of effort gives you a professional looking case for your artifact, enhancing the look and increaing its value

« Last Edit: January 01, 2010, 05:46:20 pm by WillRockwell » Logged

Zeppelin Admiral
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 02:37:08 am »

Whoa! Sweet!

I hope you all enjoyed Air Kraken Day
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Black Market Treasure Hunter

« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010, 07:52:47 pm »

very nice, but where does one get a tin? >_>

"We're incredibly misunderstood, and so they label us witches...we're locked away in Containment zones, by those who would condemn us."-Noah, Arc of Gelen
Wisconsin Platt
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010, 09:07:05 pm »

If I may be so bold, Specialty Bottle has been good for my occasional need of specialty packaging.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2010, 05:30:12 pm by Wisconsin Platt » Logged

Deck Hand
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010, 02:28:34 am »

Very nice sir, very nice indeed.

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