Plain on the Outside

I purchased this box unfinished from Hobby Lobby. I had no idea how I would use it, but it serve for several years as a stand for my other projects while they dried. It about 24″ long and 5″ wide, so it was great for sitting items on allowing air to flow underneath.

My goal this year is to complete my unfinished projects. While I was staining my desk, this too got stained. Instead of painting the box, I decided to create a mosaic from polymer clay on the inside of the box. I left the outside of the box plain with a high gloss polyurethane coating.

4″ Wood Squares

I purchased some wood squares from Michael’s. I was going to create fluid art on them and make coasters. I have multiple sets of fluid art coasters so I decided to sand and stain the squares while I was staining my desk. I used acrylic paint markers for the designs and sealed the squares with gloss polycrylic.

I am not sure what to do with these. I may still make coasters out of them. Coaster work better if they are sealed with resin. Which is still possible, because resin work better when the surface is sealed.

Acrylic Pour Coaster

I been wanting to create some Acrylic Pour Coasters for a while.  I purchased 4″ wood tiles from Michael’s and they traveled with me in my car for several months before a was able to work on them.

First, I applied white Gesso to both sides of the wood tile.   I mixed the paint in squeeze bottles.  The colors I used were pink, purple, grayish blue, light pink, light purple, green and white.  I love pinks and blues.

I let the tiles cure for about a month while I was out of town again. I cleaned the tiles with a mixture of Dawn and water, which I keep in a spray bottle.  A few weeks later when I got up the courage to apply resin, I poured resin over the coasters.

The tiles did not come out perfect, but it wasn’t a failure either.  The tray to hold the tiles was purchased from Hobby Lobby.  I stained the inside of the box and two sides.  The other two sides I applied Gesso and did a pour on the sides. 

I did not pour the inside of the tray, instead I cut out some white polymer clay and did a pour on top of the clay when I poured the tray sides.  After I cleaned the tray, I glued the clay to the bottom and applied several coats of varnish.

I glued cork to the back of each coaster using wood glue.  Below are the results.

Double Crosses

These are the crosses I did for Mother’s Day gifts.  I ordered the blank wooden crosses from ArtisticCraftSupply on Etsy in July 2016.

The top piece on the cross was stained.  I left the back side of the top piece unfinished so I would have a better chance for the pieces adhering together when they were glued together.  The bottom cross was sealed with white primer, several coats.  I did a fluid painting pour over the top of the crosses using chalk paint.  The colors were: Dark blue, white, light pink, light green, light purple and light yellow.  I added Floetrol and water each paint color to help the paint flow, and silicon to the mixture to help form the cells.

After the bottom cross dried for several weeks, I cleaned the crosses with a mixture of Dawn and water.  I sprayed the mixture on the crosses and wiped gently.  After I let it sit for several weeks, I glued the top cross onto the bottom cross using wood glue.  Several coats of glossy vanish was used to finish the cross.

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I put a hanger on back of each cross attached with a screw.  The screw goes into both pieces of wood, so if the glue fails I have a backup.

Piano Jewelry Box

It appears I forget to share my Piano Jewelry Box.  Since, I give away most of the items I finish as gifts,  I normally have to wait until after their birthday blog about it.

The piano box was ordered from Amazon in November with an expect delivery date in December.  It was delayed so many times, Amazon threaten the supplier with cancellation if they did not ship it.  It finally arrive in early January 2017, which left me with only two weeks to finish the box and ship it out.

The box was finished with ebony stain.  I wanted to get it dark, really dark, like a grand piano.  The box appeared to have the keyboard cover down, so I did not have to paint keys on the piano.  The name plate was made with polymer clay. The balls on the legs were painted with silver acrylic paint and numerous coats of polyurethane to give it a high gloss shine.

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I thought about putting music notes inside the jewelry box, but after some thought and test runs, I decided the space inside was small and it would not hold much.  So, I made polymer clay roses and put them inside the box.  The leafs were left overs from other projects.  The roses were glued down and coated with several layers of polyurethane.

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Maybe I should write a blog about how I make roses from clay.  I make them differently than what I have seen on other websites.  And, I have been making the same way since the Play-doh days.

Boxes

Here are the boxes I did as Christmas presents for my nieces and nephew.  I decided I could not leave my “superhero fan” nephew out, especially since his sister were getting boxes.

For Kegan’s box: I used an acrylic type pour for the letters and loved to design, but it got lost on the blue stained wooden background.  Since he loves superheroes, I used metallic paint to do a geometric design.  Inside the box, I made crosses from polymer clay and silver puff paint as the grout.

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The pastel box:  The top of the box was painted in glow in the dark paint.  (Yes, I used a lot of glow in the dark and neon glow paint this Christmas season.)  The outside of the box was done in chalk paint base and a sponge technique to get the different colors.

I put polymer clay crosses inside the box to resemble the top of the box.  Both boxes was sealed with high gloss polyurethane.

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