Sunday, February 24, 2013

Faux Metal Cigar Box

I have been collecting cigar boxes for the past several months. My plan is to use them as storage boxes for small embellishments. Of course I can't just leave them as a plain old cigar box, I had to alter them a bit. This is my first altered box.

When I saw the Metal-ology Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted the box to have an old metal patina feeling. I started by covering the entire box with Modeling paste to give it some rough texture.

I did not have a good green patina paint color so I mixed white acrylic paint with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage re-inkers.  I painted the box in layers with the Terra Cotta Paint dabber, Lumiere Metallic Olive Green paint, and my green patina paint mixture. At first I was not very happy with my results, but the more I added layers of paint, the more I liked it.
 
I was inspired by Anita's wrinkled foil technique. I used Rust, Terra Cotta, Espresso, and Ginger Alcohol Inks because I wanted my foil strips to be a bit more rusted looking. For the faux nail heads I used the Viva Copper Pearl Pen.

The metal corner embellishments are painted with the same paint colors and the center metal embellishment is inked with the Alcohol Inks.

I added a Tim Holtz Label pull to the front of the box. This way I know exactly what is in the box and when it is sitting on the shelf I have a pull handle to access it.

Stay tuned for more altered boxes and for the final storage unit. As always thank you for stopping by.

10 comments:

  1. If I inspired this, I'm honored! Gorgeous! Wonderful texture and your rusted metal is AWESOME! Gorgeous again I say it! Thank you for showing us your metals at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

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  2. Great work done with the alcohol inks. Love your cigar box.

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  3. Hi Stacy! Congrats on your TOP THREE recognition from Simon Says Stamp and Show's Metalogy Challenge last week! Great work! <3 Candy

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  4. Very nice. I love all the nail heads. Must have taken ages. I love altered boxes. Congrats on your top 3

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  5. What wonderful box. I like altering boxes and giving them as gifts. Maybe I need to do a faux metal box. Your altered cigar box is great inspiration.

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  6. Gorgeous, Stacy! Congrats on your SSSS win!

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  7. Gorgeousness! Nice pick at SSS!

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