I found small wooden trinket boxes at my local Dollar Tree, and scooped up 3 of them. The first one, I decided to make a vintage/altered art design for it and make use of some peacock feathers that a coworker gifted me. For this project I used the following:
- Unfinished wooden box
- Distress paint, 2 colors
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper tissue (for rubbing alcohol)
- Glitter pen (gel)
- Elmer’s glue
- Scrapbook paper
- Random vintage art downloaded from the internet, sized for the trinket box
- Peacock feathers
- A penny coin
This project is a 2-day project for drying times. Paint the unfinished box using 2 layers of distress paint. As the box is a porous material, the first layer will not crack.Once your second coat dries, take a penny and begin to randomly scrape at the paint to give a weathered, antique look. Apply your second color of distress paint to accent corners of the box. Dry overnight.
The next day take tissue and apply some rubbing alcohol on it. Dab the tissue around the box to lighten and distress the paint further. Next apply globs of glitter around the box and smooth the gel out to accent the cracked paint. Dry.
Now you’re ready to decorate the box. I used scrapbook paper to make 2 thin strips like old vintage suitcase straps. I cut out a vintage lady and placed her portrait into a bottlecap and doused it with glue. I let it soak up and wiped the excess glue out with tissue.
Let me know how your vintage trinket boxes come out! Enjoy!
The Unsinkable Molly Brown… I loved her in the Titanic movie. From the Molly Brown House Museum:
Margaret, though sore, tired and cold, began to take action. Her knowledge of foreign languages enabled her to console survivors who spoke little English. She also rifled through the ship to find extra blankets and supplies to distribute to women who were sleeping in the dining room and corridors. Margaret realized that many women had lost everything- husbands, children, clothes, money and valuables- and needed to start a life in a new country. She rallied the first class passengers to donate money to help less fortunate passengers. Before the Carpathia reached New York $10,000 had been raised. (source: http://www.mollybrown.org/learn/about-molly-brown/)
Molly is an inspiration for me and I wanted to represent her in my wearable art. For this project, you will need:
- Mod Podge
- Plastic facet pendants
- Jump rings
- Cord (for necklace)
- Assorted scrapbook paper
- Paper decals
- Printed photos from your computer
Assemble your photo, decals, and other cuttings and glue them on scrapbook paper which serves as your background. For added effect you may submerge the computer printed photos in water to smudge, and blur the image. Select which portion of your art will go onto the facet by laying the gem down onto the paper. Once you have selected the composition, trace around the gem and cut out the gem shape. Place a few drops of glue onto the gem and press the paper face down on it. Be sure to “poke” a hole in the paper so the jump ring can be used, then coat the back of the gem with Mod Podge; I used a piece of scrap paper to smooth the glue out. Allow to dry, add additional baubles, and a cord.
It’s been a fun adventure today with Molly and I look forward to taking her reminder with me.
My coworkers have encouraged me to explore jewelry making, so I’ve been experimenting with necklace pendants using Fimo clay. My wonderful neighbor Emi volunteered to model my first creation, which is a two-leafed pendant with a purple “spiky” flower. It’s my attempt at making a Chrysanthemum, which was accomplished by “rolling” the clay into small tubes and placing them together.
If you are interested in purchasing the piece for $35.00 please contact me.
Model: Emi Claire of Seattle, WA and Columbia SC
Photos and Photoshop work by Heather Blazek (me).
This week I decided to try out the popsicle bracelet project I’ve seen on several blogs. My initial result did not go as planned, as I discovered that the sticks began to stretch once covered with Mod Podge and newspaper. Using some modification I crafted a one-of-a-kind bangle using Mod Podge, newspaper, sticks, tissue paper and rub-on transfers.
Here’s my results:
I soaked popsicle sticks in water for 2 days until I could easily bend the sticks into a glass. Expect breakage so use more sticks than necessary. I let the curved sticks dry for a day and paper mached newspaper and Mod Podge, covering the surfaces. After the Mod Podge dried, I used clips and made a circle. Using more newspaper remove a clip and paper mache the ends together until sealed (repeat on the other side). Dry and paper mache tissue paper onto the surface. Dry again and apply rub-on transfers and add gems (if you wish). Using a paint brush layer a final coat of Mod Podge over the transfers, and gems to seal them in. Allow one evening to dry and wear it to work the next day to show off