Altered Art: Wooden box to Riveted Rusting Receptacle

I have two new toys essential machines arriving at some point before the end of the year – and I need to make room for them. This means clearing out some of the ‘might be useful for something’ items, and some of the many samples I’ve made that are lying around from my time on various design teams. Consequently, two things are now happening: visitors to the studio are getting to take away freebies, and I have started to do the ‘something useful’ to other items.

This is a makeover of a wooden trinket box to make it look more like a rusty riveted trunk. Couple of nifty techniques I developed for this altered art – for the ‘sheet’ edges, I hammered the edge of an acrylic sheet at an angle to dent the wood and then shaded with paint. The rivets are Mark Richards Metal Stickers – the silver nailheads – which I have dented in the middle with an embossing tool before painting and gluing in place. The stickers are available from Woodware stockists.

Also used in this makeover:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Metallic Silver / Raw Umber / Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Gesso: White / Black
  • DecoArt Media Textured Sand Paste


2 thoughts on “Altered Art: Wooden box to Riveted Rusting Receptacle

  1. Neil – love your rework of the box and I’m so glad you are a member of the Helping Artist Program, as am I – at least, when you use DecoArt products, I know I have them or can get them easily. Often times, you use products only available in the UK, or at least I have to hunt for a replacement – and I don’t mind the hunt – I always find surprises along the way.
    Thanks for posting –

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