16 February 2014

Sewing Tin

One finished sewing tin. 
 I embossed a sheet of sticky back metal, In error I did it the wrong way round and ended up with a de-bossed sheet.
Rather than starting again I used the sticky side.
          Covering it with Artist Spackle, and scraping it off, leaving a very small amount on.
Once dry I turned it over and covered the back filling any de-bossed parts. From previous experience this is a must.  It prevents the embossed image getting pressed back to being flat through general handling.
I then covered the tin with the A/Spackle, levelling the top because it had the Quic kuts logo embossed onto it making it uneven.
I left the sides, back and front very uneven, giving a rough texture. When it was dry I painted all four sides black. Once the paint dried I roughly painted over them using an Adirondack silver dauber. This highlighting the texture.

Although I ended up using the sticky side of the metal, the A/Spackle gave a matt surface to paint onto.
Using a black Adirondack dauber I roughly painted the surface, wiping away the excess before it had time to dry. This gives the old weathered look. Allowing everything to dry is what took the most time. I glued the metal cover onto the tin, again having to let it dry before adding the grosgrain ribbon around the cover to stop any sharp bits catching fingers later. I rubbed over the ribbon with the silver dauber, again to high light the texture. I attached some cogs, in keeping with the embossed image.

And Hey Presto

My new old tin.

I am entering this into the  

       Artful Times Blog Challenge 


  1. Now that's what I call a 'happy accident'! Well done for recovering it, it is stunning. Anne xx

    1. Thank you Anne, I really enjoyed doing this tin. I will be back on WOYWW this next week and look forward to catching up with your blog. Speak soon. xx

  2. Echoing what Anne said about "happy accidents" - that is fabulous. Why not enter it into Artful Times Blog Challenge?
    Hugs, Neet xx

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I love it when a project gives me a challenge and am thankful that my error worked for me in the end.
      I have just entered the Artful Times Blog Challenge, and thank you again.
      Nelle xx

  3. A wonderful recovery just love the finished tine :)
    Thank you for sharing with us at Artful Times
    Von x

  4. A really beautiful box it looks so different after your make over.

    Lovely to have you join us at Artful Times for our box challenge.

    Love Chrissie x

    p.s this may be the third comment from me as I am having trouble with comments at the moment. Please delete the extras ;)

  5. Hurrah! You arrived at our blog challenge - and with such a lovely makeover to share with us all.
    Thanks - Hugs, Neet xx

  6. Your altered sewing tin is fantastic! How clever to use the sticky side as you did and the finished result does look great. I'm sure I would have just started all over x

  7. Isn't it amazing how a mistake often turns out looking great and this is no exception. Gorgeous result! Margie

  8. So much work and it looks amazing, hugs Sandra X

  9. I love embossed metal and this box is delightful. Well done on saving your mistake! Now I believe I have an old tin lying around...

  10. This is amazing - so beautiful.

  11. Hello Nelle, Well I have had a great time browsing your blog to see your creations. They are amazing!! The Clock, Industrial Tags, The Sewing Tin just to name a few I absolutely love. Also wanted to say Thank-you for visiting me, becoming a follower and leaving a lovely comment. I will be sure to visit you again. Happy Crafting. Karen.x

  12. What a stunning box and really helpful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing!