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« on: September 08, 2011 09:47:47 AM »

I was working on a rock swap when this challenge was announced, and already had the idea to do this project. My favorite thing to do on a summer day is wander along and through a creek. My partner is from Florida, where apparently they don't have creeks like ours: covered with pebbles and shallow and wading-friendly, and not full of alligators.  Cheesy
I made her this box, inspired by splashing around in a cool stream on a hot day:


I had initially planned to paint the sides, but decided I preferred a light stain:


The circles on the top were meant to emulate the ripples you get when you drop a stone in water:


It has scrapbook paper of a rocky stream inside:


I was so pleased with the results! Absolutely worth every brain cell I killed with superglue fumes.  Cheesy
It was very hard to give away, but I think jeannettew32 loved it, so I'm happy to know it's being appreciated in its new home.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011 10:19:20 AM »

I like this box lots!!   I have an old cigar box that would be perfect for something like this.  My favorite, though, is the paper inside.  Love, Love.
 
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011 11:07:13 AM »

This is very cool! Lucky you to have fun creeks for wandering in! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011 11:21:09 AM »

I am so glad you decided not to paint it. I love it. It looks much better in person and it looks really good in this picture, so Im sure you can imagine its beauty!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011 12:04:12 PM »

So it's just super glue for the rocks? Did they hold ok? I've got a bunch of pebbles that I'd love to do something like that with but worried about the hold.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011 01:56:29 PM »

Oh, that's just lovely!
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011 07:21:45 PM »

This is a beautifully composed piece of functional art! I love the rings of color in the rocks.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011 08:39:17 AM »

Thanks for the kind words! Smiley

I am so glad you decided not to paint it. I love it. It looks much better in person and it looks really good in this picture, so Im sure you can imagine its beauty!  Grin

Smiley That makes me happy!

So it's just super glue for the rocks? Did they hold ok? I've got a bunch of pebbles that I'd love to do something like that with but worried about the hold.

I used the gel kind of superglue because it takes just a little bit longer to set and that gave me a teeny bit of wiggle room to get the rocks set right. But....it took a lot (A LOT!) of superglue! I mean, like a ridiculous amount. It does seem to be really securely glued though. I'd like to make one for myself too, so I'm thinking of trying gorilla glue.

I initially planned to use pea gravel, but when I did some practice runs that was too big overall. Some of the tiny pebbles came from creeks nearby, and I did use a few pieces of pea gravel, but I mostly used aquarium rocks. They seemed to consistently be about the right size. Just fyi, sorting the rocks was the part of this that took the longest. (but was fun- yay rocks!)
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2011 04:02:58 PM »

What a great box!  And I think Superglue goes down as one of the greatest inventions of last century, along with WhiteOut for typing (even if we seldom use a typewriter nowadays), cellphones and microwaves! 
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2011 12:26:59 PM »

This is a beautiful tribute to the nature around us...there is something so calming seeing your arrangement of stones...and you can almost see the water that once covered your little pebbles...beautiful work on the inside as well...love how you have taken something we probably all have taken for granted and created something special for someone...
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011 01:06:18 PM »

Beautiful.  I love rock art and love how you kept the theme going with the rock paper on the inside!
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2011 07:51:29 AM »

Thanks for the kind words. Smiley

Sorting throught the rocks and placing them was so relaxing. There is just something peaceful (to me) about handling stones.
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2011 05:56:26 PM »

That is so lovely!  Nice job Grin
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2011 05:44:42 PM »

I like how the paper inside the top looks like the wet creek with ripples. and the base looks like dry creek stones...
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011 04:58:13 PM »

really like this - am inspired to try this with a photo frame I have been working on......thanks!!!
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« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2011 12:42:59 PM »

really like this - am inspired to try this with a photo frame I have been working on......thanks!!!

My initial plan was to do a picture frame, and I still plan to make myself one.  I hope you post pictures if you do that! Smiley
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