Small Floral Designs

If you are looking for a more vintage look these small floral designs may be appropriate. They have a regular design with fresh colours and would enhance any interior.  …

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Contemporary Designs

      We have found a new source of contemporary papers with small regular designs which are ideal for boxes. The colours and patterns can give an old box a new look for the 21st century – and restore it to use again. This could make…

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Tea Caddy Re-furbishment

    This tea caddy came into the workshop for re-furbishment.  Tea caddies can be re-furbished for a number of different purposes. Often they are relatively small boxes with locks and keys and so make good boxes to hold precious items. Th…

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Cutting Mother-of-Pearl

Cutting mother-of-pearl to decorate boxes was a skill employed by the box-makers of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Mother-of-pearl (or nacre) is a natural material produced by some molluscs, especially oysters and abalones, as an inner…

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Restore a Brass-bound Box

A customer asked us to restore a brass-bound box which was a large, writing box, of great sentimental value to the family. The spec was agreed as follows:
1.Secure any loose veneer and slice small section on one corner.
2.Secure all brass-wa…

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Jewellery Boxes

Many of the boxes in the Jackdaw Boxes on-line Shop would make great jewellery boxes. Many have trays, often lined with soft, Lokta papers which are ideal for items which might be fragile or likely to scratch, like jet. The boxes are vibrant a…

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Restoring a Workbox – 30

Restoring a workbox can mean a faded, battered and tired box takes on a new lease of life, and can provide a gift for a child or grandchild where they can start to collect meaningful items from their life. This workbox is fairly typical in terms…

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Restoring An Antique Box – 29

Restoring an antique box requires the owner to clarify their aspirations for the box. For example, do they want us to repair missing veneer? Add a new lock? Re-line the box? This box came into the workshop  – and after discussions, a s…

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Restoring a Family Box – 28

Restoring a family box can sometimes be a headache, especially if it is in a poor state of repair – and a decision has to be made as to whether it is worthwhile to restore it or not. But a family box often has huge sentimental value, and is di…

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Memory Boxes – 27

Clients often bring us their Memory Boxes  – often full of ‘treasures’ – to re-furbish. This box belonged to the client’s Great Grandmother and inside were family documents long forgotten, but kept saf…

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