I bought this box online a few days ago, because I need somewhere to put the necklaces I keep buying and not wearing. It's just a cheap balsa-wood thing and the corner decoration is glued on rather than properly secured, but I'm (hopefully) intending to decorate it up and make it suitably steampunky.
I'm not wholly sure how to yet though!
One thing I'd definitely like to do is get some material (possibly felt?) and line the inside, padding it a little with cotton wool to protect the contents, although I'm not quite sure what colour yet, and it all kinda depends on what I can find. I'm hoping for some kind of deep orange-brown, rich red or coppery. Here's hoping that I can find something particularly steampunk, but I'm not holding my breath for that.
For the box itself, I'm not sure (big surprise), but I was considering staining the box in two different colours, a light one for a suitable pattern—I'll probably be generic and work out a cog design—and a dark one for the rest of the box, but I'm always open to suggestions.
As to the corners, I'm not quite sure what to do about them. Glue isn't exactly anachronistic, but it doesn't really fit the style of the box/project. I don't know whether to try to remove the corners entirely and screw them in instead, sand down the glue and somehow fake a screw head, or leave them be.
So, this is my 'nekkid box', a bare canvas for ideas... when I have some. It's likely to be the start of next month when I actually try to work on it, since that's when I'll be heading into Nottingham to meet up with friends/writers, but there'll be photos of anything fun I can find and when I actually get cracking.
I don't know whether I'm looking forward to it or dreading it...