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Steam punk box

Steam punk box




Wooden box






Decoupage rice paper


Expand paste



Thick Stencil


Rust effect paint set


Patina effect paint set

Chipboard - Gears 





Today  we'll show you how to make a stunning box turned in a steampunk style. We like the style that, in general, we can describe as the future nostalgia for the lost times and a glimpse of the not so much impossible future of cyber. We also appreciate the versatility of style that does not go out of date - the light industry blow is appropriate as an accent for your futuristicly furnished home, and the subtle echo of the Victorian times makes it suitable for connoisseurs with more classical tastes.

We will realize our project with  mix-media technique, and we will combine interesting effects and products in an effective turn. For our project we choose a wooden box with beautiful wooden vein.

We will highlight the natural pattern of the box with a lazure for wood.

As you will notice, the product is extremely fluid, so there is no need to aplly a big quantity of it It will quickly sink into the tree, accenting in a very beautiful way the natural wood pulp of the box.

In this case, we use the liquid wood lazure formula which, after drying, gives a slightly dull effect on the treated surface. Our next step is to make a partial decode on the tinted wood surface. Choose appropriate motifs of rice paper for decoupage - we've resorted to butterflies, balloons, and gears because they fit perfectly with the steampunk vision we want to achieve.

Glue the rice paper with decoupage varnish and glue  - we have chosen the matte version of the glue because the base that we have treated with the lazure for wood also is matte.

Select random locations of rice paper details. If it is necessary, cut with a craft knife between the box mounts.

You will notice how the bright portions of the rice paper sink into the dark surface. This is part of the search effect. To homogenize with the rest of the surface, again apply the wood lazure to the already dried decoupage.


Our next step is to make a relief with a stencil. It is desirable to use template glue. In this way, the template adheres tightly to the surface, ensuring precise application of the material. For the relief in our box, we decided to use a very attractive Pentarth product - the Expand paste. With it we can achieve attractive reliefs on any surface - the magic of this paste is that after it is baked with a hot air gun, it doubles its volume.

We'll make a spectacular relief of gears, compasses and clocks - a very distinctive detail of the steampunk designs.


 Apply the paste with a spatula, gently smoothen through all the details of the template. Without waiting for the product to dry out remove the template down.
Here is the place to pay attention to the secret of the expand paste. In general, to achieve the most smooth and even relief, leave the paste to dry before you start to bake it with the hot air gun.  Avoid applying the product to an excessively thick layer because bubbles and uneven spots may occur when heated.
But since our design is in specific-style, and we want to achieve the effect of an ageing, rusty, patinated surface, we'll just do the opposite - we will toast the paste so that we get the corrosive effect of a very rusty metal.

After heating, the paste will "grow" as a white, slightly rubberized surface. Now is the time to give our gears the rusty, aged effect we are looking for. We will use the Pentarth rust effect paint kit, which will literally paint the rust.


Now is the time to give our gears the rusty, aged effect we are looking for. We will use the Pentarth rust effect paint kit, which will literally paint the rust. Apply the colours from the dark to the lighter colour on the relief, mixing the different shades. Once the paint has dried on the expand paste, we will have the effect of a heap of rusty gear wheels.

To enhance the ageing effect, we can emphasize lightly with wax paste. We will build the relief of the box by using elements of cheep-board – compasses and gears. We will draw it with the set of paints to achieve the patina effect.

Mount the finished items onto the box. As a final touch, we highlight places with wax paste.


























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