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Clean and smooth the inside of a perfectly split walnut. Holding the 2 halves securely together, use a small rasp or grinder to somewhat smooth and flatten a small patch on both "long" sides of the shell. this will help you to position the hinge and latch.
- a walnut
- 3/8" - 1/2" brass fittings (from the miniature dept of a craft or hobby store)
- small drill
- small estucheon pins
- epoxy glue
- small pieces of velour
If your brass fittings don't have pre-drilled holes in them, use a tiny drill and drill one hole in each part. (Some of them already have holes in them.)
Hold the hinge in position against the shell and mark the holes. Drill a tiny hole at each mark. Reposition the hinge, lining up the fastening
holes and secure with a little epoxy glue - be very careful not to get glue into the hinge itself.
Repeat the process for the latch on the other side.
Tap a small estucheon pin through the holes and bend over the excess on the inside of the box and secure with a dab of epoxy glue.
Cut two pieces of velour in a circle, a bit larger than the rim of the nutshell. Run a gathering stitch at the very edge and pull in, just enough to hide the rough edges of the fabric. Secure them into the walnut halves with a little glue.
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