Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Tiny Challenge

A new steampunk challenge blog has popped up.

The August challenge involved using a matchbox in your steampunk art.

It looked fun, so I
thought I'd try my hand at some steampunk.
 This little Valise used to be an itty bitty matchbox.

I removed the matches, painted inside and out with black acrylic paint, and then applied some metallic rubs that I own (they're just like gilder's paste).

I added some side straps made of paperboard and a jewelry clasp for a handle. 
I added grommets and springs
Watch gears and even more springs.
On the inside I added a Tim Holz box corner in brass, a watch dial, a spring with some gears attatched, and a miniature vial of metal shavings.  I dyed the outside of the clear bottle with butterscotch alcohol ink and then I embellished the lid with a random eyeball I had lying around and yet another watch dial.
I'm not sure what any of these parts do in my made-up little valise, but they seemed to fit.

This was incredibly fun, but I have a lot of respect for people who work with miniatures now!
It's hard to do--the glue alone will make you scream.
Miniatures require lots of patience, tweezers, pins and sanity!


  1. Absolutely gorgeously brilliant!

    The tiny valise is so adorable and all the details and awesome texture that come with it are fantastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk challenges!

    die amelie x

  2. So Cute! Love your little trunk!

  3. Very Cool!, thanks for sharing your trunk.


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