Diamond Studded Braille
Labels studded with diamonds could mean only one thing — fabulous wealth and riches beyond dreams! Right? Well… no. Everyone knows The Mad Wrapper is a real cheapscape. Actually, on closer inspection, the cards sitting on packages this year were embossed with plastic rhinestones, not diamonds. So, cheap, tacky, and eccentric labels under our Christmas tree would mean only one thing: The Mad Wrapper has paid a visit.
Past experience has proven that, with few exceptions, beneath every cheap label lies a cheap gift. (of course, occasionally The Mad Wrapper gives a nice gift.) If it weren’t for those few exceptions, there would, at this moment, be one suspicious character in the room (the accused Mad Wrapper) who would be summarily picked up by the belt and collar and tossed out the nearest window into a deep pile of crusty snow. My advise to all future Mad Wrappers is to occasionally throw a good present into the mix.
Upon seeing these cheap rhinestone labels a chorus of groans welled up only to be broken up by a few solitary pleas for optimism.
When the complaints settled down to a minor murmur the optimism took over. Now comes the difficult task of figuring out this obviously oblique mystery code. No one in the room (save one) had a clue of the significance of the growing number of studded labels. We just piled the mystery gifts in a corner and waited in anticipation as other gifts were opened.
Eventually a secret showed up. It arrived inconspicuously inside a small pamphlet in a package labeled target audience: blind readers. At that moment one or two people recognized the rhinestone bumps as lettering from Braille. Someone shouted, “Braille!”, and soon everyone became busy translating those dots into a more familiar alphabet. Using the book to translate, the rightful owners were soon matched up with their packages.
How to build it
You will need supplies. Not very many this time: a book of Braille, some rhynestones (flat on one side), some glue, and some cardboard. Most craft stores
Assuming you don’t already Know Braille you will need to go to the internet or your local library or bookstore for a translation (and make sure you print it out or photocopy the key reference pages and save it for your victims on Christmas.)
First, plan out your braille lettering. Write each person’s name in fairly large print onto a piece of paper. Leave space under the letters so you can insert your practice dots of Braille. Slowly translate each letter then go back and check your accuracy.
By now you may have a general idea of how big your final design ought to be. On a piece of thin cardboard spread out a bunch of rhinestones generally in the correct Braille pattern of one of the names. You may want to pick the longest name.