I’ve been making miniature pocket globes for years. The real antique ones look like this:
. . .and mine look like this:
Today I decided to try an actual historical pocket globe. I made two, one in a cylindrical cardstock box, and one in a hollow sphere:
This one was pretty straightforward. I had to re-learn a basic rule – “Start from the inside and work out.” The first one I tried got too small for the globe pretty fast (this is the third try, I think). This accounts for the little ribbon sticking out of the side. It’s necessary to pull the globe out of the box.
The hollow sphere was a bit more complex:
I tried one with terrestrial globe gores on paper glued to a piece of cardstock, and formed it over the wooden bead.
I fastened the gores together with narrow strips of paper, burnished the seams, and lightly sanded it.
. . .then tried a second, neater one, with a celestial map gore lining:
. . .and decorated the outside:
The only trouble is that the two halves won’t stay together. I’ll have to add a hinge and clasp. It looks something like a Faberge hand-grenade, huh? More and smaller (and better, we hope) authentic pocket globes tomorrow!