Even more Chinese Sewing Box
My name is Elissa and I can’t stop making the Chinese Sewing Box.
I have a nice stash of the stuff – the colors are bright and it has a lovely texture. While the paper starts out a bit stiff, it softens as you fold it. I found that rubbing the surface of the paper with a bone folder helped to soften it further.
The main drawback with using this paper is that when you make folds, it’s really hard to see them. Even when I made super-sharp creases, after I opened up the paper it was fairly impossible to see what I had just done. I found that it helped to keep my paper folded (instead of unfolding) when moving on to the next step, just to remind me where my crease was.
In addition to trying a new material this time around, I also wanted to find an alternative to the Victorian Puzzle Purse for the top layer of the structure. I found a photo tutorial on Flickr for a Pop Up Envelope by annekata. There wasn’t any text accompanying the pictures, so when I got stuck, I really got stuck. After some trial and error (and help from a friend), I nailed it.
The thing is so cool – it has two triangular flaps on the sides that you pull on to open the box. The way it’s folded allows you to showcase both colors of the Unryu.
It looks great when added to the Chinese Sewing Box.
And were we go on our tour of the structure, layer by layer:
In a nutshell, Chinese Sewing Box + Reversible Unryu = all kinds of awesome.
Now how many more of these am I going to make…