I've acquired five pendulums to date: two of them were from a street market in Santa Monica, one was from the Jade Market in Taipei, and the last two were waiting for me at a gem and mineral show here in Colorado. When I only had one or two it was a easy to wrap them up and keep them safely tucked away in a pretty pouch or box, but as my collection grew that method no longer seemed adequate or, perhaps more accurately for this project, appropriate.
I decided many months ago to build a special box to house my collection. The box part was easy: head over to Michaels and pick up a large, flat, bare-wood box for a couple of dollars. True the hinges aren't great and the clasp slants more than just a little, but those can be addressed later. What I needed was a solid, wooden frame to get started with.
|First set of dividers|
First it was a simple matter of dialing in the center of the box off the corners using a straight edge. I didn't have a compass the right size for the circle so I improvised with a loop of thread and two pencil tips to draw the circumference. From there I opted to follow a traditional 12-part division with a fifteen degree offset to place the openings of the sections square with the sides of the frame. Then a few more straight edge lines and the layout was done.
|Dividers in place|
One of the challenges of putting a circular design inside a square box is that while all the interior angles are the same, the lengths of the dividers and the angles they form when touching the sides of the box are all different. I carefully measured and trimmed to fit each divider, slowly working the angles flush to the box's interior with my x-acto knife and sanding block. One by one I improved my technique and the pieces fell into place.
|Their new home|