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Anna Marie
02-09-2003, 06:19 AM
I treated my self to a new pastel Box
It is really an ornament display box to hang on the wall but a 3.98 from woollies ($6.47 I think)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2003/5027-one.jpg
I already have one and I line each bit with a bit of old fleecy underblanket and it becomes this. I have a lid for this and the two should sit one on top of the other with a bungee cord round them hoorah!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2003/5027-two.jpg

soap
02-09-2003, 06:33 AM
Brilliant idea!

Luvy
02-09-2003, 09:19 AM
Ann Marie Great idea. I use fishing tackle trays to keep my pastels in. I need to organize them though. I have a lot still in the original boxes LOL I need to get more organized with these LOL These lock shut some even have handles on them. I find them at WalMart from 2.99 to 5.99 depending on size. With or without handles etc. They also come with dividers so that makes it nice too. You can put the dividers in so the bins are various lengths

Taminka
02-09-2003, 03:32 PM
Hmmmmm! - I have one just like it somewhere packed away - it used to house my miniature bear collection, but that, like my pastel collection outgrew it.

Now I make my boxes out of fome core covered with contact paper - am up to five now!!! - wellI can't help it if they multiply when I'm asleep! (or is it when I'm shopping? :evil: )

Minky

soap
02-09-2003, 05:30 PM
ah, my pastels multiply when I sleep (zzzzzzz) and materialize the next day (after a little trip to the internet shop)........They do seem to leave a nasty 'residue' on my bank balance though.....

gnu
02-09-2003, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by Anna Marie
I treated my self to a new pastel Box
It is really an ornament display box to hang on the wall but a 3.98 from woollies ($6.47 I think)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2003/5027-one.jpg
. I have a lid for this and the two should sit one on top of the other with a bungee cord round them hoorah!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2003/5027-two.jpg
OK, now all they have to do is jump from a high bridge and they'll be extreme adventure pastels :D :D :D

angecald
02-10-2003, 12:32 AM
Thanks for showing us your boxes, Anna Marie, that's a good idea.

I've used the fishing tackle boxes; I find you get good prices on them around Father's Day. My only complaint is that they tend to fall over if you leave them with the lids open and trays extended, and naturally you want to do that all the time when using the pastels.

Lately I've started acquiring cigar boxes, which are just the right depth. I get them either free or very low in price from tobacco shops and glue bits of wood strapping in to divide them.

Howeve, my problem at the moment is about a thousand bits of pastel, too big to throw out, too small to arrange in neat rows. I'm thinking of getting one of those sectioned boxes the beaders use to sort beads.

Does anyone else use those bits, or do you just get rid of them?

soap
02-10-2003, 03:05 AM
Oh, no, they're way too expensive to get rid of them! I use them often for detail work, because they often have sharp edges to them.
They are indeed more difficult to store. One of my Schminckes is really in twenty pieces....I store it in the original foam they came in, so they stay all together.

Soap

jackiesimmonds
02-10-2003, 03:31 AM
Great idea to have sectioned boxes like these, I am off to Woollies today, as one of my home-made sectioned boxes is beginning to collapse ... I made it from a tray, and that thin balsa wood for the sections, great, but the balsa wood is giving up the ghost after seveal years.

Just one suggestion. I find it helpful to keep my pastels separated not just in colours, but also in TONES. So, all the lightest ones in one section, then the slightly darker ones, and so on, until the bottom row is all the very dark ones of one colour family.

This is really useful when you are in full flow, and reaching for a pastel of a particular tone. Often, the colour is less important than the tone.

Jackie

Anna Marie
02-10-2003, 04:45 AM
Totally agree Jackie but I didnt have enough sections to split them up!

jackiesimmonds
02-10-2003, 08:24 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2003/1805-pastelbox.JPG

This is what I meant about different tones - mine are split into colour groups, and then three rows, LIGHT, MEDIUM, AND DARK pastels. Obviously there are shades of each, in each section, but essentially, I try to keep them loosely separated into these three tones.

Jackie

Anna Marie
02-10-2003, 01:09 PM
Nice one jackie. I am going to play sorting through my pastels its going to be very messy hee hee!