Learn How To Repair The Velvet Lining In Your Jewelry Chests

April 27th, 2011 by wys

Jewelry chests that are opened and shut often might break a hinge, or get scratched or dented, or damage the velvet lining. Anything can happen to mar the beauty of your favorite jewelry box or even result in you not being able to use it at all .

Learn how to repair the velvet lining in your jewelry box and salvage your jewelry box on your own. Velvet is composed of many different fibers and adding lycra to it makes it stretchable and easier to handle. Velvet that is entirely woven out of pure silk is the costliest. Polyester, viscose, etc, are also used to make velvet.

There are two types of velvet lining:

1. Velvet with a backer (with or without adhesive) and
2. Velvet without a backer (with or without adhesive).

Velvet without a backer is harder to handle in all aspects. Cutting, stretching, and adding adhesive can be really tough. And it is mostly used while installing the bottom of a box as it allows the artisan to apply the velvet, cut it , and then insert the bottom and glue it into place with the velvet already installed for a perfect finish around the edges.

However, if you are trying to replace a torn or frayed velvet lining, or just trying to make a jewelry box out of an ordinary wooden box, you will find the velvet with a backer easier to cut, stretch, and add glue (if are using the velvet with the adhesiveless backer). Trying to get a perfect fit is nearly impossible if the drawer or bottom of the box is already installed. But again, the backer prevents bubbles from forming in the velvet during the installation and also from shrinkage due to over-stretching.

It is basically a matter of preference whether you wish to use a non-adhesive backed velvet or an adhesive backed velvet and also dependent on the glue you use. Sometimes, uneven application of glue on the non-adhesive backed velvet can lead to glue clumps, which just won’t flatten out. But you get the use the glue of your choice, which you think will be perfect for it.

It is, therefore, highly recommended that you use only velvet with a backer with adhesive if you are planning to add velvet to an old jewelry box or if you are going to repair the lining. Especially if you are untrained and know nothing of installing velvet and if you are not equipped with the right tools. This is the easiest type of velvet to handle and if you are careful and patient, you just might be able to fix it perfectly!

Nothing can be more satisfying than having fixed something with your own hands. Especially if it is a jewelry box you cherish or if it is your daughter’s favorite trinket box.

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