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Vintage Rusty bird Box by LOUISE CROSBIE

Vintage Rusty bird Box by LOUISE CROSBIE

Hi there.
Todays project is a vintage battered old jewellery case from a flea market style sale. Inside is fabric and a mirror and I need to decide what I want to do inside so today I’m just sharing the outside. 
I started by applying modeling paste through a stencil…
Then I selected some resin pieces I’d made using some finnabair moulds and began gluing them on using heavy body gel for glue. 
I just kept adding pieces and built up the composition until I was happy with it. 
When the glue had dried I gave it two or three fine coats of white gesso. 
It’s better to do a few thin coats than one thick coat. A thick coat will be less even and can obscure some of the finer details.
Next step was to start adding colour. I started with avocado green…
Then I added some coral…
I carried on like this adding my base colours and some rusty tones knowing my final coat would be “burnt sienna” to antique it all and give it a vintage look.
The beading around the outside is also cast from a mould but I painted it with white Pearl paint to make it look like lots of little pearls. 
As a final touch, I added some old beads from a broken necklace. I collect beaded necklaces from jumble sales and charity shops  to cut up and save the beads as I like to use repurposed ones rather than buying lots of new ones. 
Now I have to go and think about what I’d like to do on the inside. Hopefully I can share that with you at a future date. 
Thanks for reading. 
Supply list
Finnabair Moulds: Grungy Frames, Baroque frames, Pocket watches, pieces of underworld, locks and keys, Fairy garden.
Finnabair liquid acrylics: Avocado Green, Coral, Carmine, Burnt Sienna
Finnabair Mettallique paint: White Pearl
Finnabair stencil: Vintage wallpaper
Finnabair heavy Body Gesso: White
FInnabair Modeling paste
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sue - September 12, 2022

Louise this is amazing. Love all your extra photos.
Sue. X

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