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« on: June 13, 2014 12:16:53 PM »

I made this spikefan for the Movie/TV swap. It's inspired by the Dead Man's Chest belonging to Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.


(You can see the key I purchased at the PotC attraction at Walt Disney World to go along with it.)

I was working off this pinned inspiration piece: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Dead-Man-s-Chest-FINAL-79994029

What I did was start with a plain, unfinished wooden box from Joann in a pirate chest style. I didn't want to use polymer clay because I didn't want to have to put a wooden box in the oven. (Seemed like a risky idea. Google said some people do it but there can be shrinkage and issues with water being released from the wood which can cause the polymer clay to come off.) I needed something air dry so I looked into options.

After some experimenting, I wound up with LaDoll Air Dry Stone Clay to add all the embellishments and details. I had never used it before but it was just like real clay and I was able to slightly wet it to blend, push and smooth it out as I sculpted it on the box.





I put it up on a shelf for about 4-5 days to cure. When it was done, it was hard and perfect. La Doll can be painted with just about anything, so I used several colors of regular acrylic paint to give it aging and weathering. Accents with a gold metallic Sharpie finished it off.





Even though I had never done anything like it before, it worked out really well. I quite liked the product and I was really pleased with how it turned out too!

Larger photos and more details can be seen here in my blog: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/blog/2014/06/dead-mans-chest-from-pirates-of-the-caribbean/
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014 01:28:35 PM »

Turned out great!  I love that you got the key to go along with it
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014 01:35:35 PM »

That's so cool, PFD! I love all the details and the clay sounds like a prefect fit for the job!
I was just looking into buying that brand's paperclay as people seemed to love that a lot (to use in my felting).

I didn't know You're so good at modeling! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2014 02:10:17 PM »

Turned out great!  I love that you got the key to go along with it
Yeah when I went for my birthday I saw it and grabbed it because it was just too perfect!

That's so cool, PFD! I love all the details and the clay sounds like a prefect fit for the job!
I was just looking into buying that brand's paperclay as people seemed to love that a lot (to use in my felting).

I didn't know You're so good at modeling! Smiley
Thanks! I didn't know I was any good at modeling either!

I tried the "Creative Paper Clay" brand first but it wasn't sticking right and the skin on my hands was really irritated by it. The "La Doll" stuff is real stone clay and I didn't have any problems with it. I would definitely recommend the La Doll stuff though. If I could make something out of it, someone much more experienced could do a lot more! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014 02:52:12 PM »

Wow, it looks great!
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014 06:09:26 PM »

Wow this is so great well done. I'm sure she absolutely adores it.
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very nice !!!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2015 11:37:18 AM »

Yay!! Thank you for selecting this as one of my TWO winning Best of Craftster 2014 projects! I'm so excited!! Grin

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2015 10:43:22 AM »

Great detail!! The coloring turned out nice too. It looks aged.

Congrats on being featured in the 'best of' list for 2014!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2015 02:52:32 PM »

Great detail!! The coloring turned out nice too. It looks aged.

Congrats on being featured in the 'best of' list for 2014!!
Thank you! Cheesy
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