|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.
CLOSED TO THE FLATTENED POSITION
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.
THE BAG IN ITS OPEN POSITION.
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.
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