The issues, as you can see from the pictures below, were that a whole section was missing from the box that included an interior flap as well as numerous tears all over the box. Clearly this little thing has had a rough life.
|Pictured: Back of the toy box.|
|Pictured: Front of the toy box.|
|Pictured: The box was falling apart, which made it much easier for us to get a picture of the inside. The section to the right with part of a crescent moon on it is what was missing paper.|
|Pictured: A better shot of the section missing paper and where we will add the flap.|
|Pictured: A shot of the top of the box.|
|Pictured: The box after it has dried in the press.|
Our plan after the box was flat and dry was to use John's isinglass gelatin technique to temporarily mount the box to a melamine board with a paper substrate across the whole center of the box that would help support the patch of the missing paper and the additional flap that had to be added.
Mounting the box to the board was a a two step process because the box was actually in two pieces, so the big piece had to be laid down first and then the separate section placed in the exact position. If it was off center even a little bit, then when we tried to fold the box back together it wouldn't fit properly. So, no pressure!
|Pictured: The box after it has been removed from the press and before we began the isinglass process.|
|Pictured: Smoothing down the substrate before we put the larger part of the box down.|
|Pictured: The box while still damp, drying on top of the hollytex and substrate.|
|Pictured: The box after it has dried over night.|
Once the box was dry, John took it off the board and back to Melissa. She had to find a very specific type of paper in order to patch the missing areas. The box was made of thin cardboard, which is still thicker than average poster paper. Fortunately she was able to find appropriately thick paper in our collection of vintage paper.
She used one of the other flaps as a template to create the necessary flap. Using tracing paper she cut out the exact shape she needed. Then she glued the patch on top of the paper substrate, mitering the two edges together so that the join was seamless.
|Pictured: Melissa checking out the paper substrate on what will become the interior of the box.|
|Pictured: The patch, tracing and paper that Melissa used to fix the missing section of the box.|
|Pictured: Melissa checking the fold of the new flap.|
|Pictured: Melissa checking the corner patch against the box to make sure its the right size.|
|Pictured: Melissa applying the glue before she puts the patch on.|
|Pictured: Here Melissa is burnishing the patch down flat using a teflon tool.|
|Pictured: I kept catching John and Melissa in conference and the pictures were too good to pass up putting at least one up.|
It should be noted that several crucial steps in our process have been omitted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 818.882.1214. Also check out our websites: http://www.postermountain.com and http://www.lapapergroup.com/. Please feel free to leave comments or questions on the blog!