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There are times when one needs to dispose of a gaffus or a gimmick and in storytelling we often are faced with the fact that we have no table with a servant or pull out drawer. The topit is in wide use today for the dispatch of small objects and is a marvelous tool. I found that I needed something in the way of a bag to dispose of some bones in one presentation and went about an exploration to find what would work for me.

In one of the arts and craft stores I found some spring steel purse closures. These, when in the flattened state measured about eight inches long. Four strips of spring steel riveted to sturdy straps and strong spring hinges allow the contraption to open to almost a diamond shape.

Note the hole in the center section.

I next sewed up a cloth bag that was the width of the inside measurement of the spring mechanism and folded the top of the bag over the two sides and sewed a relatively wide hem to allow the spring to open and close within the hem with ease. I wanted to use this on the back edge of the the close-up case. When opened it allowed things to drop silently into the bag and by pressing against the spring the bag would  snap shut noiselessly due to the material surrounding the spring. The hole in the center section allowed me to simply screw the bag to the back of the wooden case.

I have since gone to a strong magnet which holds it in place very nicely. Other application include wire hangers bent at right angles which slip under the attaché case and provides the cover needed to use the bag when necessary.


I feel that this is a good example of making do when the need is there. The arts and crafts shops have many surprising supplies with which to produce some very magickal results.

In the Craft,
Ed Solomon +++ Collector of the weird and unusual and maker of messes

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