Thursday, April 08, 2010

Theme Thursday - Box

Some handcrafted boxes hanging around my place.

Two boxes made with Fimo™, a polymer clay you can bake in your oven at 180ºF (82ºC) to harden. I play with Fimo™ from time to time, mostly making beads and stuff, but lots of people make things like this with it, so I tried it out about 10 years or so ago. I like how they turned out.

The case for my alto recorder, made from a Royal Jamaica #10 Downing Street cigar box. I can't leave things alone. The recorder came in a really boring gray cardboard box, and I just couldn't deal with that, so I found this gorgeous cedar cigar box and used acrylic paints to put some Hopi designs on it.

Another cedar cigar box drafted to serve alternative duty. This is the box I keep my Soulcards™ in. I glued the original box cover for the cards on the lid and created the raised designs with wood glues, painted everything a deep burgundy, and then applied synthetic gold leaf over it all and rubbed very hard so the red would show through somewhat. Heh, heh! I did warn you that I just can't leave things alone!

I decided to carry that idea of handcrafted creativity on to the videos for this week. I'd already found a clip of the "This Is My Box" aria from Amahl and the Night Visitors and another of the Grateful Dead singing "Box of Rain" when an idea occurred to me - antique music boxes. And I found some beauties! This first is a German Polyphon-Musikwerke AG music box, one of the world's premier companies making gear-driven disc music boxes in the 19th Century. This one is playing a 17 inch disc of "Heimliche Liebe":

Another Polyphon box playing "Tagwacht":

This last one has my friend Willow written all over it. This is the ultimate piece of Victoriana - a 27-inch Regina changer music box (the 19th Century version of a jukebox) playing "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls". Willow, the minute I saw what tune this one played, I knew I had to post it for you to see. Enjoy!

Photos & text © 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger

18 comments:

  1. A Fine Stack Of Boxes Roy,None of them "...just the same........"! And "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls"is splendid.Yes, The Dead's BOX OF RAIN came to mind for me also.Happy T.T. Sir!

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  2. Music boxes! Excellent take of the theme. Thanks!

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  3. I love what you did with the cigar box!

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  4. Wonderful boxes Roy. If you are ever in need of someone to smoke the cigars to keep you supplied with cigar boxes, just think of me.

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  5. roy you have some amazing boxes, with plenty of character in their color and textures. nice.

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  6. Love those fimo/sculpty clay boxes. I'll have to try that - pretty sure I have a variety of colours around somewhere.

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  7. I knew you had an 'eye' for art but no idea you played with fimo! Whatever happened to music boxes, every little girl had one when I was younger?

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  8. Great boxes, and 'Oh', I love 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' - thanks for reminding me of it, and the 'my box' song!

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  9. nice collection roy!

    those first pair are very groovy!

    ah music boxes!! excellent, i sure wish i still had the little musical jewelry box with the twirling ballerina that i had when i was a wee lass.

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  10. Nice selection of boxes. I really like the Fimo boxes.

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  11. Wonderful boxes - and you made them! Unlike Alan, however, I will not offer to smoke the cigars that came in some of them. ;o)

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  12. wow, you are very artsy. the little clay boxes are nicely decorated!

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  13. Wow, Roy, your little Fimo box looks like Millefiori beads!

    How did you know I love that song?! Thanks for dragging me over here, I would have missed it entirely. What a treat. (just don't sing or hum it in a theater...it's supposedly back luck)

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  14. ...loved this post and your handcrafted boxes. They are gorgeous and thoroughly brush aside boring! Always love seeing your creative stuff...the Fimo boxes are cool.

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  15. love the boxes on top,
    cool post!

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    Happy Sunday!
    P Lease let me know when you stop by.

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  17. the fimo boxes are great! i'd not have thought of using it for something like this

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  18. Hi Roy,
    I am not very crafty and therefore I've never heard of fimo before. I love the effect on the cigar boxes and I think I am going to try it out for myself. Lovely images.

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