In my post on Micro Projects, I discussed the idea of taking a larger project, like setting up a brick-and-mortar jewelry store, and turning it into a smaller, more manageable project, like creating a tiny portable store, or Showoff Box.
Lots of people expressed interest in the Showoff Box, so I thought I'd devote an entire post to it.
To make your own, you need a container with a handle and a latch to keep it closed. I bought mine at Michaels, but you could use a small, sturdy handbag, a plastic lunchbox, or even make your box out of a repurposed book or sunglasses case. You'll also need an assortment of rhinestones, sequins, or stickers, and some glue. I used Weldbond, but I'm sure E6000 will work just fine.
Before you start gluing, play around with your sparklies until you find the right composition. Then glue them, one by one, onto the box, so you don't lose your design. Wait until the glue is completely dry, as per the manufacturer's instructions, and then you're ready to start filling it!
(Here's the interior of the box, with some of my jewelry in it. Did you know that business cards make great earring cards if you punch holes in them with a 1/16 inch circular handheld punch? I like the one from Fiskars. To make sure they come out the same every time, use one as a template and line up the holes each time you punch!)
I filled my Showoff Box with things I plan to sell, either on Etsy or in person. I have several colors and styles of sequin earrings -- pendants coming soon -- and a few sample sequin kits. Everything is stored in its own plastic bag to keep it from getting tarnished or scratched. I had a tiny purple calculator, but it died, so I'll have to get an equally adorable replacement. I'd like to stock some receipt slips, as soon as I get some. I may just make my own... maybe with pink paper?
One of my favorite parts about the Showoff Box, besides the fact that it's so pretty, is that it's not just for jewelry artists. Painters can carry smaller prints of their favorite paintings (last weekend, during a trip to the MCA in Chicago, I was thrilled to discover that artist Marcel Duchamp had his own portable gallery). Writers can carry signed copies of their books, or even tiny little handmade books with snippets of their work. Book artists can make a series of smaller art journals. Who doesn't just melt over tiny little books?
In short, it's a perfect way to help get your work noticed.
What about you? Do you have, or are you going to make, your own Showoff Box? What will you put in it, and how will you make it?
Thanks, and have a sequintastic day!