Week 5

For today's demonstration I showed you some options for creating shelves and sub-divisions inside your box. At most art, craft and hardware stores you can find a display of craft/hobby wood. It is usually bass or balsa wood but I have seen some other varieties as well. This wood is easy to cut to size using a min-miter box and xacto saw. You can glue the wood in your box as shelves or sections with super glue or wood glue (if you are glueing wood to wood). You can use your hand, tape or something else to hold the piece in place while the glue dries. 

For my box I demonstrated how to make a circular compartment with foam and plaster. The foam can be found at art stores and comes in varying thickness and shapes. The plaster product I used is called "Plastercraft". I am a huge fan of this product. It is essentially cheese cloth that has been saturated with plaster so when you dip the cloth in water the plaster softens and you can apply the cloth strip to any surface.

I applied the plaster strips to a square area that I measured out on a piece of glass. In the center of the square I taped the upside-down bottom of a plastic cup that I had cut out. When the plaster hardened I popped the piece off the glass and removed the plastic cup piece and was left with a thin square piece of plaster with a round cup in it. 

The plaster is easy enough to trim with scissors so it fit perfectly in my box. I put a sheet of foam in the box with a hole cut in it (the size of the plaster cup) to support the plaster piece without adding much weight. I will glue both pieces in and fill in the gaps with gesso or acrylic gel so it is flush with the side of the box. 

Next week will be our last week on this project though I don't expect you will be done by next week. In class I will demonstrate some ways you could add a finishing layer to the surface of the box.