The “Crayon” Box

Sitting at my workbench one day, I realized I had collected quite a few stamping tools, and they could no longer be stored in the nooks and crannies of my original tool roll. While the ubiquitous plastic tool rack is available almost anywhere, I felt that it lacked a certain … something – and I felt I could do better.

The Crayon Box

Crayola defined the way to properly store imagination decades ago when they released the 64-crayon box, and I felt that this iconic shape would be the perfect place to store the current tools of my imagination.

Going through it in my head, I realized that any hinge mechanism allowing the top to flip back like the original box would be fragile and likely to tear, so I would have to come up with something different. What I came up with in the end is a sliding pivot that allows the top to come straight up, spin over, and then rotate down in front to become a stand of sorts, allowing the case to lean forward and present the tools in a way that makes it easier to see and select them.

Open for business

Inside the case, I used a piece of packing foam from a computer box as a medium to shove the tools into, and this worked out very well. I removed just enough of the material in each hole to allow the stem of the tool, but it is still tight enough to provide a little friction and prevent the tools from just falling out if it gets bumped around. Probably not really necessary, but I like it.

For the color, I used a block-dying technique with Eco-Flow Saddle Tan gel antique for the bulk of it, and then good ol’ Fiebing’s Black oil dye on the edges. As you can see in the teaser post before this one, the color came out really good.

Unfortunately, when I went to apply a coat of Fiebing’s Leather Balm with Atom Wax, something went wrong and it pulled most of the color out of the box top assembly. I ended up having to go over the black with a brush and a paper towel to blot it down.

Still, I’m very pleased with how the stitching turned out, and the rotating hinge worked out really well so we’ll call it a success.

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