When I was thinking about preparing the jewelry gifts for my fiance, I encountered a unique problem: there was a traditional Vietnamese necklace called a kien – a solid loop of gold ten inches in diameter. We had a set of three made in Viet Nam, but we needed a way to present the gifts at the ceremony.
I couldn’t find a jewelry box that was ten inches in diameter, so I thought it’d be nice to customize a special jewelry box. I wanted to personalize it by engraving her initials on the lid. I had envisioned something scripty with a lot of swashes, but street art influences found their way into the final sketches.
I started with a wooden box at Michaels. I transferred my sketch to the box, then used a woodburner to make it permanent.
I started with the Universal point for the outline. Once the outline was complete, I used a shader tip for the inside.
Inside the Jewelry Box
The inside of the box is divided into two sides: one, tilted to mount the kien; the other, divided into ring rows.
Making Ring Rows
For this I used:
- 1 sq yd Red Microsuede – You’d think felt would cut it, but it looks like crap. Considering how much time you will invest in making this box, splurge a little bit and get a nicer fabric.
- Foam Board – this will form the structure of the insides of the jewelry box
- Medium Density Foam Core – fabric store
- Foam (optional) – stiffer than foam core, more flexible than foam board
- Woodburning Iron, Blade Tip – this is used to score the foam board, and a heated blade will melt through the foam core
- Spray Adhesive – to wrap microsuede around the foam core
I used foam board to give structure to the insides and serve as the divider. The “soft” parts, such as the ring rows, are foam core wrapped in micro-suede.