Byopia Press 2018 Advent Calendar: Day Eighteen and Four Versions of A Twist-Close Box

There are undoubtedly more than four ways to make the twist box, but I thought that four would be sufficient to offer today. First, the paper coin purse.

My father brought back a goat leather version of this from North Africa, so this clever idea for a self-closing container seems to have been invented in more than one place.  I have used variations in books: to hold a Chinese Lucky Coin in The ME Ching,

and for CD pockets (the two squares on the right hand page) in Greystone Secrets.

I posted instructions for the paper coin purse in November of 2014, and it has become my fourth most popular post. Since the twist box in this case is designed to hold coins, I copied the North African coin purse and made it with a four layer bottom.

Use the pattern above as a guide, and follow the instructions here.

The second variation of the twist box is one I made while making a Zhen Xian Bao (Chinese Thread Book). Twist boxes are one of the traditional structures used for the top layer, smallest boxes. Because the box is glued to another surface, it doesn’t require the kind of strength offered by the four layer bottom.

This is the pattern I developed for the thread book twist boxes.

You can download my printable template here. You can find the instructions here.

Paula Beardell Kreig has also explored variations on the Chinese Thread Book.

You can find her post about the twist box and a set of instructions for another variation (with some of her reasons for preferring it) here. She has included a video, and also gives her readers a choice between a colour or a black and white pdf of her instructions.

Finally, a twist box can be made with origami techniques: no cutting or gluing. You need thin, strong paper for this, as the box has multiple layers. This can make closing the box difficult if your paper is too thick or stiff.

The best instructions I have found for an origami version can be found here. The video covers making a whole Zhen Xian Bao with origami boxes. If you just want the section on the twist box (referred to in the video as the Square Envelope), it begins at about 9:23.

Tomorrow I will show you a simple book cover.

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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