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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tiny Halloween Friends

Halloween in July? Of course! Halloween is perfect for all seasons. I don't know why I have been so enamored of peg dolls lately, but I just have so much fun with them. A few days ago, I made this little 1 3/4" tall witch. Isn't she cute with that little trick or treat bucket? The brim of her hat is cut from black cardstock, and the remainder of the hat is Apoxie Sculpt clay. I really like using Apoxie Sculpt because not only can you sculpt with it, it's an adhesive as well, so once you get the shape you like, you just plop it on and it sticks - no glue necessary.

Anyway, after I made the witch, I remembered that I had several different sizes of Bagatelle Boxes
from Alpha Stamps, and looked through them to find one to hold my little witch and her pumpkin.

The 2" by 2" box was the perfect size, with plenty of room for a flying bat in the background. I decorated it with some Halloween paper, and then added a vintage pumpkin cupcake pick, some tinsel, and half of a medallion on top. Voila! My little witch has a cozy place to hang out. Watch out for spiders!

Look how tiny!

She looks a bit lonely, no? I decided to make a few friends for her; little trick or treaters. A cat:

A little devil:

And a crazy bat:
Other than the bat wings, which are actually a chipboard bat glued to his back, all the ears, horns and tails on the pegs are made from Apoxie Sculpt clay.

Friends in the pumpkin patch!

And in the palm of my hand- I love these little pegs.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Love Potion #9

Here's a little magic for you: some love potion, a stalkery fella, and the woman of his dreams. Frank, pictured on the right, is hoping that some love potion and the button he stole from Esther's shirt will bring them together, but he'd better be careful of the dark arts! Who knows what could happen?

This shrine is constructed from two small tins. I took the lid off of one and attached it with Apoxie Sculpt to the other, forming a triptych.

Before the clay had time to dry, I pushed the half round filigree into the top, and then added the metal pieces. I also draped the rosary chain where I wanted it to be, and pushed the corner beads into the clay so that when I glued that in with some E6000, those beads would have a nice indentation to sit in. I removed the chain for painting.

Once the clay was set, I sanded it down and painted it and then begin to embellish it. Here's the story of this particular tin: Frank has for a long time had a crush on Esther. He's a wanna-be suitor, but she's just not feeling it. His plan is to send her a few letters, scented with some love potion that he purchased in a back alley from a questionable source.

The potion. Love Potion #9. It seems harmless enough, but can you ever really be sure? I'd stay away from it, based on the blackened rose and the skeleton standing by. That's a sheet of mica in the background of this niche, cut to size with a pair of scissors.

Here's poor unsuspecting Esther. Frank stole that button from her clothing in hopes of strengthening the spell. Watch out, Esther!

The back of the tin wasn't much to look at, so I crumpled up some tissue paper and affixed it with Mod Podge. It looks a bit like old leather now.

And there you have it. More magic made from Alpha Stamps products. Need a supply list? Click here!

This item is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tin of the Month Club, July

Each month this year, I'm altering a small tin and posting it. Happy July! To me, the biggest event in July is the Fourth. I love me some fireworks. For this month's tin, I tried to find trim that brought fireworks to mind. Hooray for the red, white, and blue!

If you'd like to see the rest of the tins I've done so far this year, click here.
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