An altered Steampunk box

An altered Steampunk box

I got this fun little box in the bargin bin and thought it would be great to turn it into a Finnabair inspired Steampunk piece.  I almost forgot to photo the box before, but fortunately I remembered after I had only glued the one piece to the lid and taken the knob from the front.  The box already has a neat crackled finish so all I had to do was add some chippys, metals and lots of color.

 

Steampunk box before photo

I started by painting on a coat of clear gesso.  Then I glued on my chipboard and metal pieces and added  a few fussy cut images from Graphic 45’s Steampunk Debutante collection and covered the images with matte medium so that I could wipe the sprayed on mist off the images.  After all that dried, I painted on a coat of white gesso but only over part of the box as I liked the orginal color and wanted that to show thru in places.

Then I began layering on different colors of mist, drying each layer before adding another layer.   I used Prima Color Bloom mists in Empress Gold and Glistening Waves.  I also used Lindy’s Cajun Carnelian Red and Jack in the Pulpit Teal.  After I was satisfied with the color of my box I sprayed it with Dylusions black marble and then used a paper towel to remove some of the black ink.  The black ink creeps into the crevices and kind of gives everything dimension and a cohesive look.  Then I added Lindy’s Midnight Gold  and Stampendous  aged copper embossing powder to some of the pieces to highlight them and give some WOW texture to the box.

Steampunk box

On the lid I used a winged dressform, a gear corner piece and lots of  gears from our gear sets.  I added a metal winged key and some metal flowers.

steampunk box lid

On the front of the box I used a photo corner and some stacked gears.

Steampunk box front

Left side of box, I used another gear corner and some metal pieces.

Steampunk box side

I really love this globe chipboard piece that I used!  There is also another photo corner peeking out from under the flower.

steampunk box left side

More gears on the back of the box.

Steampunk box back

Here are links to all the chipboard pieces I used in the Creative Embellishments store.

Steampunk Dress Form 1

Steampunk Gear Corners 2

Gears

Globes 3″

Photo/page corner set

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Maggi

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3 Comments


  • Gorgeous Altered box!! Love every detail!!

    • Heather
    • September 5, 2015
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    This is awesome. Tons of detail.

    • Toni
    • September 5, 2015
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    Oh Maggie this is wonderful.... I just love the sprays that you chose... Great idea to use clear gesso so that the original color of the box wouldn't be completely covered. Unbelievable texture ! Gee I wonder whats going to go in this box....

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