Pandora’s Box

Sometimes you need a kick up the backside to try something new, instead of just thinking about it.

Thankfully the minions in the dungeon have thoughtfully chosen ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ as the theme for their January challenge, and so I was compelled to finally try a technique that I had been putting off for months.

I have seen the wonderful Black Dragon stamping in clay for many of her creepy projects. I have used this technique for my altered box.

pandora's box morte smeared ink

I rolled some air drying clay out to make a thin sheet, then used one of the stamps from Smeared Ink’s Morte set to make an imprint. I also rolled some thin sausages of clay to make a twisted ‘frame’. Once these had all dried I glued them to the lid of my box and added some more bits of clay to fill in any gaps….then let it all dry again.

Next stage was to cover the whole box – wood and clay – with Payne’s Grey acrylic paint…..and let it dry…

Then I took some Pebeo gold gilding wax and lightly rubbed it over the clay to bring out the design. I added some more around the edges and corners of the box, then buffed it with a cloth to fix and bring up the shine.

stamped clay morte smeared ink

The final stage was one of the stamps from Visible Image’s Revolution set, stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder in the centre of each side.

As a finishing touch I added a brass handle to the lid to complement the decoration.

revolution visible image emboss

I am entering the following challenges:

Haunted Design House – What’s New Pussycat?

Altered Eclectics – ATG

A Step In The Dark – ATG

Punk You Girl – ATG

Smudgy Antics – ATG

23 Replies to “Pandora’s Box”

  1. AMAZING!!!!! Love, love, LOVE your box! I so want to try the stamping on clay and am thrilled that you took the plunge. Your box is gorgeous and may just be the inspiration I need to take the plunge. Thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH with this fabulous project. xxD

  2. This is so fabulous – I LOVE it! I can’t believe this is your first attempt at a new technique, my first attempts at anything usually end up being scrapped and I start again. Truly amazing piece, and definitely worth waiting for all the different layers to dry. Thanks so much for playing along at HDH! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. That Dragon sure knows her stchuff! And love what you took from her to create this outstanding wonderful altered box. Everything on this is perfectly deadly. love.

    1. Guess I should have read a little further on ALL the challenges you have placed this wondermuss project in! So glad you got it in the Smudgy Antics Anything Goes challenge =), Shoni SI DT

  4. Wow! What an amazing project! I’ve also seen others stamping into clay but never been brave enough to take the plunge, well done for challenging yourself to do so. The texture you’ve managed to create on the box is brilliant and it’s buffed up a treat too! Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics ~ Steffi :o) xx

  5. Wow you made an awesome job with this box ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought some clay myself and will try it out soon. Thank you for joining SAC / dt lisa

  6. Fabulous creation, you’ve really made that box something special. thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics this month

  7. Teresa, This is truly and impressive piece, I have been wanting to try something like this for some time now but have not worked up the courage yet, thank you so much for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us this month at Altered Electric and I hope to see you participate again.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Chris / CS Designs

  8. Teresa, This is truly and impressive piece, I have been wanting to try something like this for some time now but have not worked up the courage yet, thank you so much for the inspiration. Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us this month at Altered Eclectic and I hope to see you participate again.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Chris / CS Designs

  9. I am sure that Black Dragon is quite proud of your stunning efforts. This is just remarkable! A technique I have yet to try my hand at, but I fear I won’t be half as successful as you. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Thank you for joining us in the dungeon at HDH.

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