This is a very beautiful project, but calls for a certain amount of experience in jewelry-making and soldering (Plate 3J, upper). The frame for the tray is soldered up from "gallery-wire", a type of ornamental strip available from dealers in jewelers' findings, supported on four half-ball feet, soldered on, and handles consisting of two pair jig-sawed metal wings, between which a handle cut from round rod is inserted. Details of design will depend on the materials at hand, and the proficiency of the maker in this type of metal-work. The three trays shown in the lower part of the photo are made from 1/8" sheet material, which has been softened by heat and shaped in a wooden die. This process is described in the chapter on Embossing.
Material: Sheet and scraps
This material is particularly suitable for serving-trays, since it preserves its brilliant finish and color regardless of the treatment it might receive in use, and even when the finish might become a little dulled from constant use, it can immediately be brought back to its original glass-like surface by means of a little brisk rubbing with proper compounds. The various sheets, from 1;8" to 3/8 in thickness, and from 6"x16" to 12"x24" provide a various assortment of sizes, which in combination with various types of easily-contrived handles will produce some very beautiful designs. Various suggestions are sketched in Figure 30.
Fig. 30. Group of designs for serving-trays. Project No. 19.
Materials: Rod and Sheet
A trip through any hand-bag department where the more expensive types are displayed will demonstrate the popularity of carved plastics for this purpose, and even the cheaper types very frequently have a clasp or color-spot made of this material for ornamental purposes. In Plate 3K are shown three very simple types, fret-sawed from sheet. Any degree is elaborateness in the carving is permissable on this type of article. The means of attaching to the hand-bag of course will vary with the type of metal hinge and fitting available, so no details are given on this subject. Cut-out ornaments, initials, etc., are also frequently used, being attached directly to the leather, either with cement or screws.
Material: Various Sheet.
In Plate 3G will be found decorative desk accessory frequently made in plastics, the letter-holder.
This likewise can take infinitely varied shapes, depending on the size and shape of material available. The two uprights, the front one being smaller than the rear one as a rule, although in this case being of the same height, should be fastened with screws passing thru the base and into the upright, and the base should be of a little thicker material than the uprights, and in a darker contrasting color.