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« on: June 22, 2008 10:36:01 AM »

I love a scary clown. I don't know why, but I do have a fondness for them.

I found the perfect little jewelry cabinet for a dollar at the thrift store, and thought it would be fun to make a little shrine, or "clown box". It's about 4" by 7 1/2", so it's a great size.



I removed the drawers, took out the wood partition in the middle, and painted the box with a few layers of paint. I collaged some fun papers on it, and then sanded parts of it down to show some of the paint layers. The clown images are from a collage sheet from Alpha Stamps. The ones in the back wall are set up a little with some sticky foam squares. The clown in the front is glued down just at his foot, and then suspended with gold threads. I know lots of people will think it's creepy, but I'm pretty happy with it.  Cheesy

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Sorry, kitties, you just had to go!
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 10:44:25 AM »

Wow ! That's really impressive ! I hate clowns, scary or happy... but this shrine is gorgeous. I love the oldish look of the paint layers. Great work ! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 10:44:53 AM »

Now if you had used a print of the clown from IT THAT would have been creepy, but this is just COOL!!! Cool
awsome job seeing past the kitties!
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 10:48:49 AM »

Now if you had used a print of the clown from IT THAT would have been creepy

Even I can't love that clown from ITShocked
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 10:51:01 AM »

This is exactly why I like you! Such an awesome piece!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008 11:01:15 AM »

Oh. Holy. Crap!
That turned out so fantastic!
I'm only sorry that you managed to post one photo of it for me to drool all over.
I LOVE LOVE it!
I have one question though, how did you manage to secure the gold thread to the top?
Inquiring minds need to know.  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008 11:06:00 AM »

That's awesome Racky, it is a definite improvement! (and that's coming from a non-clown lover so it must be good! Wink ) I love all the papers you've used too.
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008 11:06:54 AM »

I have one question though, how did you manage to secure the gold thread to the top?


Securing that thread was the hardest part of the whole process. I cut a piece of paper to the right size, and then used a needle to thread the gold strings through the paper. I then attached only the very back part of that paper to the top of the box, glued down the foot of the clown, and gently pulled the strings tight. Since only the back part of the paper was glued, I flapped the front of the paper down and taped the strings in place. Then I trimmed off the excess, and used Mod Podge to secure the front back up.

I had to do it three times before it worked correctly.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2008 11:18:30 AM »

Tricky...very very tricky.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2008 11:20:27 AM »

Love this racky! Amazing transformation and wonderful piece of art.  Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2008 11:30:52 AM »

AMAZING!!!!

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2008 11:52:51 AM »

That is so beautiful!
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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2008 02:02:25 PM »

That's amazing! Very well done.

It looks just like this jewelry box I had when I was little w/a dancing clown on it. That jewelry box used to scare the crap out of me...
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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2008 02:45:03 PM »

nifty transformation rackycoo!!!  the whole hanging by a thread idea is soooo cool.  I'm finding the before picture much creepier than the after...... Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2008 02:49:15 PM »

Your clown box is fantastic! I really love the style you incorporated.
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2008 04:07:01 PM »

Wow Rackycoo - that is quite possibly one of the most awesome shrines I've ever seen!!
I LOVE it!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2008 04:49:15 PM »

That box was scarier before you got a hold of it! I love it now!
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« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2008 04:51:33 PM »

I LOVE this! I have been really into circus stuff lately and this is great Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2008 04:52:44 PM »

This is amazing! My boyfriend actually has a mask replica of the IT clown which is...staring at me right now...(ridiculously creepy.) But this is amazing! I love the color choices, the diamonds and the red. Gorgeous!
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this is amazing!  i hate clowns but love this Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2008 05:06:25 PM »

Wow, that is terrifying and magnificent all at the same time!
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« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2008 05:46:28 PM »

wow, that's really awesome.  are you familiar with joseph cornell's work? (sorry if this was already asked, i didn't look at the comments.) he did tons of stuff like this.
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Amazing transformation! Great job!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2008 06:32:26 PM »

I'm indifferent to clowns but not your finished project. I really love what you've done. Very clever. Jewelry boxes are usually pricey so I don't pay much attention to them. I'm gonna check them out again.
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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2008 06:35:01 PM »

are you familiar with joseph cornell's work?

No, I'm not; I'll have to look him up.

Jewelry boxes are usually pricey so I don't pay much attention to them. I'm gonna check them out again.

Check out your local thrift store. This one was missing a knob on one of the drawers, so it was really cheap. If you have a good thrifty, you should be able to find something similar every now and again.
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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2008 07:21:35 PM »

I've been thinking about shadowboxes/diaramas/shrines lately. So this just fuels my current thoughts. I looked up Joseph Cornell. Nice stuff. This all very similar to what one might find in Somerset Studio which is a fave magazine of mine.
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2008 07:42:37 PM »

Cornell is amazing. He's definitely one of my influences.
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2008 08:02:39 PM »

I love pretty much everything you do.  But your vintage-y paper stuff is the best!  Gorgeous.
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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2008 08:54:51 PM »

I love this and I don't think it's creepy at all. My family has a history of clowning. Not me but the affinity is still there. Your shrine looks antique. I love the paint layers and the papers used.
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2008 10:32:43 PM »

ooooh, it turned out AWESOME! i love all the different patterns (LOVE the diamonds!) and the sanding/paint layers. i'm super impressed with the gold threads, very fiddly!!
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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2008 10:49:41 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2008 08:16:40 AM »

I'm so confused. How can I dislike clowns so much, yet adore this? It's really, really lovely.  Wink
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Wow! I too hate clowns, but the box has a fascinating sort of eerie, carnivalesque appeal!

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« Reply #33 on: June 23, 2008 10:06:50 AM »

Racky has the ability to bring people to the clown-lovin' side.  Grin
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Who knew so many people didn't like clowns?!!!

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« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2008 12:30:51 PM »

This is so amazing racky! I love the creepy clowns and the diamond print. What an improvement over those kitties!
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Awesome AND creepy. Nice work Racky!  Wink

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« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2008 07:31:23 AM »

yay! (applauds) Creepy clown or not, now it's much easier on the eyes than the kitties  Wink I love it!
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yay! (applauds) Creepy clown or not, now it's much easier on the eyes than the kitties  Wink I love it!


Haha, I agree!  What a transformation.  I love the clown's pose, and I think he's a perfect vintage clown.  Not too creepy but not too silly either, just classic.
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