其實開始決定自己做之前做了些資料搜隻。我先在國外網站Etsy.com找到一位在加拿大的賣家，他專門售賣不同種類的木製用品。我先請他幫我打造一塊14X10厘米的柚木板子，也請他幫我在板子上鑽一個約四毫米的洞。之後我在Ebay.ca那裡買了一條銅色的金屬珠鏈 ($1美元），還在Aliexpress.com買了一條民族風羽毛耳環。收到柚木板子後，我用了最近很喜歡的Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Graphite) 給板子上色 (因為我不太喜歡柚木的原色)，然後用金色油漆畫上法國百合花的圖案。待油漆全乾後，便用Annie Sloan 的 Soft Wax 幫板子打蠟。把羽毛耳環拆下來，利用金屬珠鏈起再穿到板子上。大功告成！雖然花時間，也花金錢 (花了約$20加元)，不過我很喜歡這板子，用了兩年還是像新的一樣。而且我很喜歡這毎尺寸，收納指甲的空間綽綽有餘。
Guzheng Nail (Pick) storage board is not a frequently discussed topic. When I first started learning Guzheng, my first teacher taught me to stick my picks to my textbook and they can be used repeatedly for several times until the tape looses its adhesiveness. In recent years, Taobao sellers sell different kinds of products for organizing and storing Guzheng picks. Apart from mini purses and boxes, some sellers also sell storage boards. Since the shipping costs of Taobao products to Canada is not that cheap, also the size of many of those storage boards is too small to my taste. Since Taobao’s shipping rate to Canada is not cheap, and many of the storage boards sold on Taobao is too small to my taste, so two years ago I decided to make my own Guzheng pick storage board.
First I found a Canadian seller on a popular DIY website called “Etsy.com”. The seller handmade and sold many different kinds of wooden pieces. I asked him to help me build a 14×10-centimeter teak board. I also asked him to help me drill a hole, about four millimeters, on the board. Afterwards, I bought a copper-colored metal bead chain at ebay.ca ($1 USD) and bought one tribal feather earring from aliexpress.com.
Upcon receiving the teak board, I used my recent favourite, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (Graphite), to paint the board (because I didn’t like the original color of the teak wood very much) and then stenciled the board with French lilies in gold paint. After the paint was dry, I used Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax to help protect the board. The final step is to attach the feather to the metal bead chain and to the board. Done! It took time and money (it cost about $20 CDN), but I loved the board. It has been two years, and it still looks like new! The size is also perfect for me – sufficient space for my Guzheng picks 🙂
Wishing everyone Happy New Year!