Wednesday 6 May 2015

Faux Galvanised Steel - Wedding Box

Good afternoon!  I'm here today to share with you this project that I've had in mind for some time!  Yesterday evening I really got out of my comfort zone and got myself out of the house to attend the local Blogging Group.  And boy, am I glad I did!  What a great friendly group, and just being their motivated me to get on an finish this blog post!
Anyway, I found myself inspired by this tutorial for Faux Galvanised Steel by Shelly Hickox and consequently spent some time making this box with the "No Cards" challenge over on the That Craft Place Challenge Blog  in mind!
So here is the Keepsake box I've made! It is going to hold one of our wedding invites (that I made) along with Claire and I's corsages (that I also made).  I'm also making an album to go in the box, holding our favourite photos from the day.
I used the following materials / steps:
BOX: 10" diameter Paper Mache circular box from Hobbycraft.  Primed with black gesso before loosely following Shelly Hickox's Faux Galvanised Steel tutorial (link above).
BIRD CAGE: Primed with black gesso and painted in the same way as the box.
PAPER FLOWERS: Old book pages cut and rolled up before inking with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) or Archival Ink (Watering Can).  Blue flowers cut by hand from papers from stash, inked with Archival Ink and glazed with Matt Mod Podge.  Same paper used to line the box.
BIRD & HEARTS: Primed with black gesso before painting with home mixed dark teal acrylic paint.  Inked edges with Archival Ink then a thick coat of Crackle Accents applied.
Greyboard bird cage, and MDF bird and mini hearts designed and sold by That Craft Place (love Lisa's MDF and greyboard!).  
LACE & CROCHET TRIM: All from my local sewing shop Cottontail Crafts.
DecoArt paints, Crackle Accents, Pinflair glue gel, distress ink and archival ink all from That Craft Place!
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Here's some more photos:
 The undecorated 10" diameter Paper Mache box:
The box after the Faux Galvanised Steel effect:
More photos of the completed box:
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Thank you as always for popping by.
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  1. What a beautiful box for such special memories! Love the Kusadama flowers too!

  2. Omg Sam!! I have altered boxes befor but nothing like this! You inspired me to pick it up again and step it up a notch... I adore it. Xxx

  3. A beautiful creation and great keepsake idea. Your photograph is lovely. Vee xx

  4. Fabulous! I love the step by step and gorgeous way you have embellished the top! Those flowers look stunning!
    Linda xxx

  5. this is gorgeous Sam and so beautiful decorated, love it
    Gr Karin

  6. WOW, WOW, WOW Sam this is absolutely awesome how beautiful the box looks perfect for holding so many treasures, the colour, the flowers and birdcage, wow this is an incredibly wonderful project, outstanding work.
    lorraine x

  7. Wow this is amazing. What a great box. Well done for plucking up the courage to go to a group. I haven't had the nerve yet. There's one at our little craft shop in town. One day maybe.... X

  8. Hi Sam you have created an object of beauty. Hugs Jackie

  9. Wow. Such a lovely project and very unique. Love all of those flowers. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Judy Dt

  10. OMG, Sam, what an utterly, utterly creations, I could look at it for ages and ages, so much fantastic detail here, love it, hugs xxx

  11. oh so wonderful creations
    thanks for joining us at SFC


  12. Wow, what a truly stunning project with lots of great photos of it. gorgeous work!

  13. wow super stunner Sam love it it s awesome hugs Judith xxx

  14. Oh I LOVE all the amazing flowers Sam! They are so beautiful! The box is indeed a masterpiece beauty. TFS your creativity with us all. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this fortnight. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Have a nice day Sam!

    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  15. What a stunning box! Thanks for joining us by SFC Challenge.
    Hope to see you soon back ;0)

    xxx Lisa


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