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« on: November 15, 2012 08:39:37 AM »

A short while ago I created some altered art brooches. Well, I've made another batch and a little "how-to" in case you'd like to make your own. Here's one of mine completed...



Ready? Here's how....

For the base of my brooches I used square tins, and large and small round tins from Alpha Stamps
The tins have a clear plastic window that is fairly easy to remove. Just slice into the plastic with a craft knife and use a pair of pincers to twist and pull the plastic from the rolled tin grip.



The plastic will tear but your tins should be fine. You could keep window in place, but I prefer to remove them. Removing the window adds to the depth and you won't have to worry about the vinyl scratching or not being able to fix items that might dislodge inside. Using the base of the tin, trace around the edge on the reverse of a decorative scrapbooking sheet. When you cut this out, trim slightly smaller, just inside the line, so that the cut-out will fit into the bottom of the tin.



I like to cut out a bunch in a variety of papers so that I can 'play'.



Affix your cut-outs to the inside bottom of your tins.



Next, I gather the images I think I might use. These pictures are all from Tintypes Collage Sheet (my favourite!) and the School Days Collage Sheet from Alpha Stamps. To add a little extra weight, I glue the images on to heavy decorative paper and cut them out.



To soften the cuts, and hide the white of the paper, I run a paintbrush loaded with an umber coloured paint around the edges.



Now I start playing with placement. I mix and match, moving things around until things start to come together. As I keep working, these choices will change. It's good to experiment and go with the flow Smiley



If you'd like to add wings, hats, colour or other embellishments to your cut outs, now is a good time to do that. Aren't these Small Angel Wings adorable?!?



To add depth, I use two layers of double sided foam tape. Try to cover enough of the back so that the image is well supported.



As you put your items inside, place and replace the lid to see how your composition is coming along. The lid will cover quite a bit of space around the outside edge so it's important to check how well it all fits together before fixing your embellishments into place. In this tin, in addition to my winged girl, I've added Glittered Holly Berries, Tiny Paper Roses, White Rose with Heart Shaped Petals and some gorgeous tiny ivory and pink paper rose buds. It doesn't take much to fill up that tiny space!



Let's start on the exterior. I use a toothpick to carefully add jewellers glue to the of the tin. The rims that held the vinyl window in place are handy for gluing down trim. Here I'm using 2mm Rhinestone Chain which is absolutely perfect for those rounded corners and pretty and sparkly too boot!



You can now fasten the lid to the bottom of the tin and work on further embellishing the exterior. Work in layers and go slowly... think of it like composing a picture.





Keep playing until you're pleased with the results. Adding bits and bobs, here and there. When you're done, attach a pin back so that you can wear your new piece of art. I've used a silicone type glue which smooshes through those little holes, helping with the adhesion.



Now get out there and show off your handiwork!



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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012 10:43:47 AM »

Thank you for posting this -- I ordered a couple of those tins (the square ones) right after your first post, but I hadn't gotten around to doing anything with them and this will be a help.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012 12:15:04 PM »

Thank you for posting this- knowing how long it takes to write and photograph tutes, it's really appreciated!  Smiley Your brooches are really nice.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012 07:08:35 PM »

the one wih the lady and the rhinestones is beautiful Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013 09:20:51 AM »

Just WOW!  Such lovely, amazing pieces!

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013 09:54:27 AM »

i really love these! i have to get some photos like that , i have no printer so for art with picture collage i have a lot of problems, but i really would love to try this out!!!!! i really also love the way you pull them together. looks almost like lace or doily on something which i lovee how it looks! great idea! i will have to get some of those tins when i have some spending money lol.

how do they look on? i seem to have trouble at times with heaviness as in my pins seem to lean forward at the top when i want them to lay flat. does having the pin back placement on the top back remedy this? i ran out of pinbacks before i could try it out.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013 09:59:44 AM »

Thanks artista83!

Placing the pin at the top really helps to keep it steady and not fall forward. Also, because the embellishments are light (90% paper) the brooches stay put pretty well. They look really cute on. My customers tell me that they are complimented on them all the time Smiley

i really love these! i have to get some photos like that , i have no printer so for art with picture collage i have a lot of problems, but i really would love to try this out!!!!! i really also love the way you pull them together. looks almost like lace or doily on something which i lovee how it looks! great idea! i will have to get some of those tins when i have some spending money lol.

how do they look on? i seem to have trouble at times with heaviness as in my pins seem to lean forward at the top when i want them to lay flat. does having the pin back placement on the top back remedy this? i ran out of pinbacks before i could try it out.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013 10:09:52 AM »

also wanted to say i have seen alot of your stuff around and i love it all! one of my favorites is the clear house out of cd jewel cases with the terrerium and pics inside! and i think i saw a tute on lil mushrooms on one of your sites? love everything you make! Smiley

some day i have to get in gear and try making a tute on sculpting polymer faces. do you have a really good camera or something? your photos are always perfect!

i love seeing what you make! thank you for the splendid tutes and showing us all such awsome stuff! very inspiring! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2013 10:56:23 AM »

Thanks so much! I appreciate the nice words  Kiss

do you have a really good camera or something? your photos are always perfect!

I have a crappy little (though incredibly reliable) compact digital camera. It's a Sony Cybershot to be exact and probably about 5+ years old.

I always shoot in natural light and I edit afterwards. I take A LOT of pictures and I photoshop ALL of my photos (even my family snap shots!) to some degree. It's usually just a matter of changing the 'brightness' or 'levels' but it makes a huge difference.
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