Designing my prototype has allowed me to look much deeper into the overall design of my box. Although I did not completely answer the question of “what design goal am I striving for with my jewelry box?” I feel as though the comments and constructive criticism both classmates and Professor Hertzberg offered have been very helpful.
Photos of my finished prototype:
After finishing this cardboard prototype of my box I have a much better idea of how I am going to go about building it. This jewelry box is a present for my mom on Mothers Day. My mom loves nice wood pieces, as can be seen from her many recent additions of wooden tables, cabinets, and other pieces of wooden furniture into the house. One style my mom was attempting to achieve was a room of antiques. After purchasing an “antique” bed frame, which is something between a double and a queen I believe, she began to fill the rest of the room with antique furniture. I believe giving this jewelry box an antique style will make it a nice addition to my mothers room.
The first method I plan on achieving this antique style jewelry box is to go with a “antique” finish. Here is a jewelry box that has a nice finish that gives it an antique feel:
This darker finish gives the box a cool rustic feel, which will fit perfect in her new room. I also really like the hooks used as necklace holds on the bottom of the lid, so I may steal that idea.
The next aesthetic I wanted to go with to give the box an antique feel is an older style latch that will keep the lid secure while in the closed position. After doing some research on older jewelry boxes I found a couple old latches that I thought would look good then decided to go with something like this one:
I figured trying to buy one of these latches would not make it look that old so I am going to beat it up a little before I put it on the box.
The last design of the box I plan on adding are a couple of finger slots on the side of the lid which will allow for easy access into the main compartment once the latch is unhooked. These should be fairly easy to add with a small drill bit, and if I use the correct drill bit I can keep the consistency of having sharp edges throughout the box.