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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

New roombox.

Hi everyone, as you may well know ive been putting together a collection of unusual and interesting miniatures for a wunderkammer roombox dividing my time between making the contents and spending some time on the actual roombox itself.


Above is a photograph of the front doors to the roombox to be honest im undecided wether to have these as two seperate opening doors or to have the door so it opens downwards, (i have seen both variations of this on actual cabinets) this would also act as an extension to floor area when open as you can see i have made a lock plate and put it in place on the left door which wont matter if i decide the downward option as the door will have three locks two of them hidden. 
(Opinions on this appreciated)?
Im also aiming for a patina which shows age as you can see the gilding above the door is chipped after looking at various treasure cabinets im drawn more towards the ones that show use and age rather than mint examples so these doors still have a fair amount of work required.
The centre door section is bone with inlaid paula shell a difficult material to work with as its basically like egg shell so cutting it is troublesome to say the least this also adornes the top section of the door.Sitting on the two malachite panels are brass embelishments that have rose quartz centres, more semi precious gemstones will adorne the rest of the cabinet.
Have a great week everyone. Tony/

14 comments:

  1. Goodness what a fabulous jewel case for all you wonders !! how did you do the malachite ? Paint ? Can't wait to see Inside ,,,,, huggsss

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    1. Hi Mrs M, the Malachite is real about 5mm thick, its going to take a while for the inside to come alive though im still figuring out what designs to use so i can display everything perfectly.Tony :)

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    2. Goodness that couldn't have been easy to cut ! But then again you KNOW how to do this. Did you find a piece of malachite already cut or did you use raw stone ? I love malachite, I have a pyramid I found at the market, it sits on my desk next to an antique wooden carved sphinx ,,,

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    3. I had to pay to have two of the panels cut to size the rest were as is so the box was designed and built around them :) it is as you say a lovely stone :)

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  2. Such a Rich colour and an Impressive front door! The development of your new roombox project, will be a Pleasure to follow!

    elizabeth

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  3. Hello Tony, I see you have changed the colour of the woodwork from cream to black. A good choice I think in combination with the Malachite.

    On the question of the doors... The Coup de theatre would be a dropleaf door behind two opening doors. Where the drop leaf slots together with the outer doors doubling the floorspace of the wunderkammer. The insde of those doors ought in that case be deorated as an acho of the floor and the walls of the wunderkammer itself. However that would be quite an udertaking I am afraid.

    Otherwise I would opt for the two doors as you have now. But in contrast to the outside of the cabinet I would again opt for the inside of the doors to be an extension or coy of the walltreatment of the inside.

    I do not know how you have planned the interior. But in the renaissance cabinets on stand, there is often a central opening with architectural elements like collumns that have mirrors in the corners (sometimes behind arches) and sometimes a third mirror on the back wall. If a prized object or statue was placed in the center it coul be viewed fromm all sides. Perhaps an idea?

    Huibrecht

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    1. Hi Huibrecht, I am drawn to it opening downwards but i need to give this some careful thought first, I know exactly what you mean about the interior i plan to have mirrors arches also sound wonderful but as with all my work i would like to just use reclaimed materials so again im going to have to do some careful planning thank you so much for your input :)

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  4. It looks so pretty! I'm sorry I'm of no help otherwise.

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  5. Beautiful! Opening down does sound interesting....hmmm

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    1. Many thanks Linda, i like the idea of it opening downward but i have to come up with an idea for supporting it too :) all part of the fun :)

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  6. If you open the front downwards (toward yourself) there is a real chance of all the beautiful decorations getting damaged... I don't think I would risk it.

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  7. Truly a stunning piece of work. I think I'm drawn towards standard door opening.

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