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here are some new boxes. i have been having a really hard time finding pieces. i drove all the way to fort collins on saturday, and only found ONE piece!! it's the globe on top of the one box. i am seriously getting down to no more stuff to make boxes with. it used to be easy!! guess the world wants the things i want, now. i ordered a game off ebay the other day. i was desperate. i had to pay $15 for enough pieces for one box. and that's just the "base" coat!
i love making these. i think it's really fun, satisfying, and good problem solving. so i gotta figure out a new source for stuff. seems like the folks on etsy are buying up all of the games, dividing them up, and charging exorbitant prices. like $6 for 10 or 15 alphabet tiles. and i need about a hundred for each box. that calculates out to about $50 for each box, just in pieces!! agh.
i think i may have to raise my prices. i hate doing that, but i'm thinking i have no choice. each box takes at least 3 hours to make. i start by painting the interior and then placing game ephemera (like directions from games) inside the lid and bottom of the box. then i start assembling. i use gel medium for glue (don't even ask how much that costs!!) because it's thick and flexible, and acid free. and you can imbed stuff in it for a great "stick". i use a little brayer on the flat stuff to get good adhesion. i get the base coat of pieces on, and then let them dry overnight. next day or so i start the "decorations". these are also left to dry overnight. then two coats of matt medium to seal everything up, and a coat of spray sealer on top of that to make sure everything is durable.
that's that! by the way, these look really nice in groups. i have four on my living room table together, on a black tray.