A few weeks ago while skimming through Ebay, I did a double take. Someone was selling an unopened, shrink wrapped, complete 1967 Pagoda Kit! It was listed in the embroidery kit section, not the purse section. It had four days left and no bids. I immediately put a maximum bid of $51.00 on it. My bid was the first at $19.99. There were no further bids on it until the last two minutes when someone put a bid in. My auto bid came back with $28.00 - AND I WON!!!!
The seller even lives 30 minutes from me, so she mailed it to me Monday morning, and I received it Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night I cracked it open, eager to get started. I am taking photos along the way.
I opened the box and and checked out the contents. The glue, over 50 years old, had turned brown, but was still liquid! I won't use it, but will be using Aleene's Jewel It glue. I read over the instruction sheet, which is starting to get brittle, and is browning.
Step one was to attach all the hardware to the purse. I nailed tiny nails to secure the wooden bottom piece in. Then I attached the clasp pieces.
Night Two: Glued on the rest of the jewels. Its turning out so cute!
Night Three: The last step is to apply the gold braid on the roof. This was the tricky part, as the cording ravels at the ends. I dipped the ends in glue to keep them from raveling after I cut the braid.
Here is the finished purse. My cell phone photos are awful, and this bag looks so much better in person. Addition: I won a second jewel tone kit - Zodiac, unmade and in the box, for only $17! That will be my next project :)