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Topic: Wicked Circus Altered Tin - Traveling Freak Show  (Read 4003 times)
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« on: March 22, 2011 05:56:14 PM »

Despite never having altered an Altoid tin, I decided to join the Wicked Circus Altered Tin swap. I was pretty anxious about the whole thing but it was too fun to pass up.

I went with a wicked freak show concept for my tin. It's supposed to look like one of those traveling circus gypsy type cart thingeys Smiley. I made ATCs that can be added to the tin to change the show.



Mr. Lime helped me cut most of the top of the tin out and I used rackycoo's awesome tutorial to cover the whole thing in paper. I used a heavy paper american flag paper - the stripes felt circus'ey. I sewed the curtains out of quilting cotton and used floral wire to hang them. Thanks to some advice from Stifflersmom and amaryllisroze, I blinged up the curtains with sequins and gems. The wheels are made from wooden spools that I painted and glued on.



Here are some shots of the inside and the ATCs that slip in. I added little ribbons to them so they are easier to pull out.






This one has a mirror on it so when you look at it, you're part of the freak show too!


And here's the back and a shot of the detail on the top.



I had fun with this project and am looking forward to making another one. I learned a ton!

Thanks for looking Smiley.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011 05:59:46 PM »

Wowsers -- that's fabulous! I love that you can change the scene, love the curtains, love the spools for wheels... I love it. Grin

Where did you get your images? They're really perfect for that project!
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011 06:12:56 PM »

Oh thank you!

I got the images in a collage sheet from Etsy. I can't seem to find them now but I think it was from this shop... http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebelsher.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2011 06:35:20 PM »

Totally wicked!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011 06:56:12 PM »

Awesomeness.

I love love love, the ability to change out shows.

And the mirror one is a great touch. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011 07:03:40 PM »

Nice! I love this! Grrrrrreat job! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2011 07:09:46 PM »

This is really cool.  The flag does look circus-y and the spools are brilliant!

Fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011 07:26:39 PM »

This is so awesome! It kinda reminds me of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2011 07:45:35 PM »

OMGOODNESS! I love this! It's so cool how you cut out the top (and I love it when man partners help!<3) and I LOVE how you made ACTS to change out the scenes. Most of all, I double LOVE that you used Chang and Eng! They're my favorite freaks (lovingly called that, of course) of all time!!! Awesome job!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2011 08:57:08 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments! I'm glad that you like it. I was really nervous about this project Smiley.
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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2011 08:42:46 AM »

Great idea to do interchangeable images.  Love it!
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2011 09:06:07 AM »

Yowza!  Such a wonderful interpretation!  You're giving me swap anxiety.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/03/29/GA2010032903934.html  I better get off this computer and finish mine up.   Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2011 11:43:53 AM »

What a great idea to add the wheels, and how fun is it that you can change out your sideshow acts every day! I love this tin. No one would ever guess it was your first!
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2011 09:07:36 PM »

What a great idea to add the wheels, and how fun is it that you can change out your sideshow acts every day! I love this tin. No one would ever guess it was your first!

Thanks for twisting my arm to join the swap, racky! And thanks for the great tutorial that helped get me started Smiley.
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2011 10:20:19 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments! I'm glad that you like it. I was really nervous about this project Smiley.

You were nervous? I have to hope I don't disappoint you with what I send in return!! This was incredible!!!

I just posted in the gallery...I love my little freak show on wheels! There are so many exclamation points in this post...I don't care! I want to shout it from on top of a mountain! but I don't have a mountain, I only have this thread.  Grin

Seriously though, the little curtain blows my mind, there is so much detail! I keep playing with it. I am proud to have this on my desk  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2011 04:50:21 PM »

Nice job LimeR!  You got a bunch of my favo freeks.  It looks GREAT!

and personally...I believe I'm addicted to exclamations points!  They are just way too usefull!  And they need more love!
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Those are amazing, I love all the effects and colours Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2011 05:12:31 AM »

I just got inspired to do a Altoid Tin from something I saw online and searched the forums and this popped up! I love that this was your first and it was fabulous! I'm encouraged that mine won't be a total fail (not nearly as good, but not a total fail..lol).
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2011 06:38:32 AM »

Fabulous tin, LimeRiot! Can't wait to see what you do with your second one......
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