A couple of people have actually asked me lately about my custom doll boxes, and why I make them. All dolls without exception includes its own handmade box, I started this principle with the very first doll and have actually been doing it since. The reason I do this is since typically when you tailor a Blythe Doll; the alterations mean that it’s typically difficult to get them back into the original Takara box, the other reason is that I mostly put a viewing window in the front of package, this provides the client the choice of revealing her off without getting her dusty.I understand of few doll makers who CONSTANTLY put their dolls in custom-made boxes and for me it’s a bit sad that individuals presume collectors have cabinets, and/or want to continuously dust their dolls off. Packages, a great one, will take a day to make easily and so I think this may be a factor most makers do not include them.If they did they would need to add this to their already inflated prices.
So when I say customized boxes exactly what do I indicate? Do I take an old shoe box and slap some paint on it? No way, they are all made from offcuts/scraps of used cardboard and other recycled products and made from the ground up. This is why no two boxes are the exact same, they are not perfectly square or true and this belongs to the appeal.I start with the base, generally 12-14 inches by 5-6 inches, then the sides and ends, glue them together with UHU or something comparable. I do exactly the same with the lid ensuring it’s slightly bigger obviously to slip over the base. It’s a smart idea to cut the window now as attempting to do it once it’s glued can shake it around and break the sides off.Once everything is glued it is left to set, then the finish has to be chosen. I sometimes cover in thick wall lining paper, or thin tissue paper soaked on PVA. It depends upon the customer and the doll too, I have the tendency to utilize a thick lining paper that would usually use for lining walls prior to decorating for the most part.
Reason being is that it is absorbent and will not buckle when it’s painted, you can utilize a single big sheet and mitre it around package or what I do is usage scraps and them glue them down with PVA glue. The primary thing is to never ever puts the ends of the paper scraps on the edges of package or the corners; they will simply remove or rip. Always put the centre of the paper scrap on the edges of package and glue them outside far from the edges, this will cover the gaps between the signs up with in the cardboard, and also add strength when the glue is dried.A great way of providing a box an antique look is to brush coffee or tea into the paper after it is dried on package. 3-4 layers of cold tea or coffee brushed into the paper will offer a great deep amber colour. You can do this with any water based paint, diluted well it ought to offer a faint stain in the paper instead of finishing it in thick paint.To round off I constantly seal package with wax, just put hot wax onto the paper and smear it with the back of a hot spoon. The hotter the spoon the deeper the wax will permeate the paper, however will likewise burn the paper and turn it darker. You need to experiment then select your preferred look.For more information or how to buy a box. See my site. I am a professional custom-made doll maker.