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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Inventor's Tin, Sunday Stampers wk 219 - Thursday 21st August

Good afternoon blog friends,

I don't a lot of time to take part in as many challenges as I'd like most of the time, but one I don't like to miss is  Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers. This week I have to confess to doing the happy dance when I saw the theme is it! Then I realised that quite often recently, my project for this challenge has had a steampunk theme or element to it, so what could I do?

Lately I have been making quite a bit of feminine steampunk, so straightaway I wanted to make a masculine project this time and I was looking at the image of an inventor on one of my Sam Poole Creative Expressions stamp sets, which gave me an idea...a rusty old tin for an inventor to keep his bits in!

The finished tin with it's contents

Finished tin with it's contents - sorry about the quality of this piccie folks!

This project started out with a little tin that came with mints inside. I covered it with clay, the air drying variety. Oven baked may have been better, but I didn't have any! I rolled out the clay to a little larger than the tin and then stamped it with a  few cog stamps from the Creative Expressions Inventor set and left it to dry overnight. Meanwhile, using Debbi Moore's Metal Magic I stamped a few more cogs and cut them out, plus the word 'Inventor'. I also stamped some script stamps from various stamp sets and the steam train plans from the Creative Expressions Vintage Illusions  set and inked them to age them with vintage photo. I also used one of Tim Holz Ideology little bottles and put a few bits of Metal Magic inside to look like metal shavings, curled some rusty wire to look like a spring and added a little piece of Ideology film strip. I also stamped a label from the Inventor set for the top of the tin and added a few faux screw brads.

Once the tin had dried out, I used bronze Rub n' Buff to really shine and grunge it  up, so that it looks like something really old and battered - hope it worked!

the 'naked' tin!
Stamping rolled out clay with cog

adding rub 'n buff to the dried clay

So there it is, my Steampunk project for this week's Sunday Stampers Challenge and it was a lot of FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole,
    your box is amazing. What a clever idea not tried anything like that. It never ceases to amaze me how in one days post how 2 different people have put entirely different boxes on and both very wonderful projects. I don't know if you go to Patricia's blog but it's worth a visit today. To have a look at her creation. If your interested go to my side bar of blogs I follow and she Summerhousecrafts. Have a great crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

    1. Hi Jenny, thanks...I just popped over to have a look at Summerhousecrafts blog--gorgeous box! You would not believe how many boxes and containers I have 'lined' up to alter..this one was designated for something 'pretty' to put a gift card in, but when I wanted to do something different and 'steampunk' I remembered a similar 'cowboy' tin that someone had shown me in America once and I had been wanting to steampunk it was! Have a good day, Carole X

  2. This is fabulous Carole. Love the male steampunk aspects. Love from Christine xx

  3. Wonderful project Carole, so original! Love all the bits you have added inside and good luck with the challenge!x

  4. You are so creative Carole, I would never have thought of something like this. You have put so much into your tin so good luck with the challenge. Love Christine H xx

  5. How Fabulous Carole. Isn't it amazing how many everyday things that can be altered into bits of beautiful Art. I love your tin and top marks to you for all the techniques you used. TFS. Hugs Rita xx

  6. Wow Carole, what a creative mind you have, I would never have thought to put clay onto a metal tin and do what you did, it is fabulous, I love the Inventor stamp set too. Really like all your little embellies, especially that rusty looking spring. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  7. What a truly original idea Carole, great project!

  8. What a truly original project Carole, great job!!

  9. Hi Carole - this is great - I just wanted to open it and have a ferret inside!! I really must have a go at altered art - I'm a devil for keeping bits and bobs that might come in useful ...... some day!!! I used to keep pretty little glass jars and then make enamel tops for them (I have an enamelling kiln and powders together with beads, millefiore etc.) They made lovely little keepsake jars.

    Hugs to you and have fun with your challenge. Sue P xx

  10. I find all clay work fascinating, but have done very little. Your little box is amazing! It's so cool that you know how to do it!

  11. How FAB!!!! Love the clay covering, I would have never thought to do that. Loving your Steampunk stylee... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  12. Hi Carole,
    What a innovative idea with the clay. This is such a fabulous creation and you must feel very pleased.
    Hugs Linda x