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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Fans and fan boxes
Today's playtime was filled with making two little fans and their fan boxes. It is hard to honestly assess the difficulty level for this one. I skip read through stuff at great speed and then give it another cursory glance and think I know what I've read (a bad habit of a fast reader - useful sometimes!). Any way, I did that with the instructions accompanying this kit and decided they were rubbish and it was best to go it alone. I then complained how useless the printing was because various bits and pieces didn't fit together and there were no tabs for gluing pieces together, etc. etc. etc. When I re-read the instructions after the make I spotted a couple of things I hadn't really taken notice of some things then made more sense. To be fair to me, I still think the instructions could be greatly improved and the notion that you can successfully join two pieces of cardboard without any tabs seems overly optimistic to me - although I haven't actually tried it. All that said, this is a lovely little kit; the only thing you won't get in it is the embellishment I did on the right hand fan. I have several of the tiny no-hole beads left over from the handbag kit so I thought I'd add them to the ribbon trim on the box and fan - waste not, want not. The fan on the left actually folds up and will go in its box. A nice idea would be to cut a split down the centre of the bottom edge of the bottom of the box so you could pull the tassel through to the outside. I think it might be a bit of a challenge to get it in the box with the fan. The tassel is too chunky for my taste so I may return to this some time and change it for something else.
They came from a glorious site which you really must visit called The Craft Pack Company. I have an endless list of things I want from them.
I'm not sure where these will take up residence. They were bought last year to finish Sally's fan collection in 38 Wentworth Court but they would be nice for a shop display in Le Tout Paris - first, of course, I have to find out if a fashionable shop would be selling fans in 1912 - I think perhaps not?
NB: (This post is in Wentworth and LTP)