A Guide on Making Your Own Personalized Glass Box
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Candice_Marinello/733507]Candice Marinello
If you're looking for a fun pass time, making your own solder free stained glass boxes is a lot of fun. Stained glass boxes are a great way to add some extra storage for things like jewelry, pictures and more while looking pretty!
Depending on how much work you want to put into making the box, they can be customized in different ways. You can make these boxes in all different sizes, shapes and colors. Obviously the time you put into production will vary, but you can make a pretty stained glass box in one hour for something on the simple side.
To begin making your own box, you'll need a flat piece of glass. This glass will become the bottom of the box. You'll need a glass cutter to cut either a mirror or a piece of glass. Depending on how big you want the box, this is how big the glass should be.
Then you'll need to decide on the depth of the box. You'll need to cut two more pieces that are the same length as the glass used for the bottom. The height will determine how deep the box will be.
The next two pieces you cut need to be measured out to be the same width of the bottom piece. However, you'll need to calculate for the thickness of the glass so subtract whatever that number equals. Glass is usually a 1/4 inch thick, but this can vary. It will also need to be the same height as the other two pieces. The last two pieces that need to be cut are for the top of the box.
Now that you've cut all the glass, you'll need a glass grinder to grind down the edges to a smoother surface. Make sure all the pieces look clean and have dried out before taking the next steps which are the assembly process. In order to put it together, you'll need weldbond glass glue. This can be found at most art supply or home goods stores.
At this point you'll need to focus on detail. Begin by adding glue to the sides of the side glass and attach them to the outside of the bottom glass. Make sure that the excess glue is cleaned off or it will leave a mark. Use a moist q-tip. Make sure you wait for the box to dry before adding the top pieces.
You can either use colored glass to make these boxes or add designs onto your box once it's all dry. This is a simple and fun project that you'll truly enjoy. The boxes make a great gift, once you get good!
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