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« on: June 26, 2016 02:58:11 PM »

Earlier I had mentioned Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous  brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.





Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.



I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)



You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:



There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.



And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog. I loved this project!
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016 04:00:29 PM »

This is fantastic!!! I love all the moving bits
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2016 04:34:58 PM »

Gorgeous - so many cool details and I love the colours.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2016 05:57:03 PM »

Loved how everything came together! Checked out the additional pics and video on the blog--how long did it take you get complete the project? Also really liked the contrast between the outside blue and the inside of the box.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016 09:54:32 AM »

Holy hell on a poptart. That is all kinds of awesome.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016 10:06:52 AM »

"I say, that flounder is a bloody bounder, wot?"

Awesome aquatic steampunk treasure chest!  All the blue patterns do a smashing job of representing the sea and the colorful montage of cutouts and 3-dimensional pieces create a coral reef like effect to my eyes.

The mini book is wondrous as well--so colorful and detailed!  I just watched the video on your blog and it was cool to see all of the various elements in action.  I particularly liked the removable articulated mermaid paper doll.
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016 11:36:29 AM »

ACK! This is wondamous!
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2016 12:21:57 PM »

Absolutely epic project my dear.  Truly stunning.  ROCKS.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2016 01:22:51 PM »

Love it!
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2016 06:42:11 PM »

Loved how everything came together! Checked out the additional pics and video on the blog--how long did it take you get complete the project? Also really liked the contrast between the outside blue and the inside of the box.

It took two days to assemble and paint the chest, but only because I was also photographing each step for a tutorial on its assembly. The chest is pretty nifty because you can put it together in many different ways. The book only took a day to get all of the moving parts arranged (it helped that there are only a few pages), but then it sat for a while until I added the stamped images on the opposite pages.

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