I'm just finishing a jewelery box for my wife and need to put in some
lining. What types of material is used and how is it installed?
I have some self adhesive felt material, but may need another
alternative. Some boxes I've seen seem to have lining on 'cards' that
are glued to the inside of boxes.
Thanks in advance.
On Thu, 23 Sep 2004 15:30:54 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
So why is Suede-Tex specifically four times cheaper looking than any
other "two bit" flocking material ? 8-)
I don't disagree BTW. Flocks don't look that good to start with and a
little wear on them soon looks _very_ shabby.
IMO they all suck.
They are for crafters not woodworkers.
A fine box deserves a fine lining.
If you've been to enough shows you know what I mean. I've seen some terrific
woodworking ruined by that spray on crap.
I too have used a flocking kit. Very easy and holds up well and comes in
various colors. Just paint in the base, and spray in the flock which sticks
to the wet paint. For small boxes, I don't even bother with the sprayer.
Just pour in some flock, close the box and shake real good. Let dry and
pour out the excess which is good for the next project. If you are going to
use it, tape off the areas where you don't want paint to get on using blue
painters tape. When the tape comes off, you have nice crisp lines.
Don't use wool, or felt and baize that's made from it. It exudes
sulphur which will tarnish silver.
Silks are good, or the many synthetic silk-alikes. An Indian sari
shop will sell you a mile of lovely prints for peanuts. Chinese cheong
sam dresses are very cheap at present and they're a good source of
nice fabric or even genuine silk (cheaper than buying it on the roll),
so long as you find one with a small enough print. Thai silk (the
slubbed stuff) is good for linings, but doesn't like earrings being
stuck through it.
I generally collect any attractive fabrics, then just glue them in
place. I use a few layers underneath, simply machine quilted, then a
single layer over the top. This gives a "cushion" shape that tends to
hide corners. If there are earrings, make an extra-thick quilted
A good technique for fitting it is to make flat insert plates. Take a
slip of thin (1.5mm) plywood or veneer that's just undersized for
each inner surface. Cut the fabric oversize and sew a simple hem with
a drawstring in it. Fold it over the edges and pull tight at the back.
Arrange the quilting or edge arrangement to be perfect, while you have
the insert out and accessible. Then place the insert into the box and
fasten it down, which can be easily and crudely done.
For travelling jewellery boxes, consider making up hanging cloths,
where pieces can be either pinned or placed in individual pockets.
This saves pieces rattling together in transit. You jewellery box may
then be either a "box", or more of a fold-out hanging rack. This is
particularly useful for jeweller's display cases.
I cut cardboard stock, solid grey stuff, slightly smaller than bottom
dimensions and cut material large enough to fold over edges for
gluing. I use some sort of padding then 3M Super 77 along edge of
cardboard to secure material then Super 77 on bottom of cardboard to
secure in box. Trim the corners of the material to avoid lapping the
material in the corners.
Go to any upholstery shop and cheek out their bits and pieces. You will find
some lovely stuff. Drapery places as well.
If you use felt or that spray crap your box becomes an instant two bit flea
Gerry I like the heavy silks and fabrics used for furniture and fine draperies.
They glue very well because of their weight.
You can get scraps for next to nothing of fabrics that cost $100 a yard or more.
I did a brass covered box lined with dark blue silk for my wife last year.
It was a drapery fabric worth $85 a yard and it cost me nothing.
I can't say enough BAD about felt or that spray on crap most people insist on
I picked up a yard of UltraSuede from Walmart for $3.99 to use
on a special sample of a laptop glare guard my company builds.
It's great stuff and would be absolutely great in a jewelery
box. A yard goes a long way, too. Available in all sorts of
Raid the wife' sewing box first. She might already have some
fabric she likes.
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lots of possibilities.
any fabric you want. felt and velvet are popular choices. install them
with thinned white glue, an artist's brush, exacto knife and a thin
pointy stick to tuck the corners.
flocking. sort of powdered felt. imbedded in a coat of glue.
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