Halloween 2009 – Treasure chests

treasure_chestsOk…so there’s a bit more work I could do on the larger chest, but I think I’ve put enough time into them already.

I started out with cardboard boxes…I was kicking myself for not taking ‘before’ shots, until I realized…they’re cardboard boxes, people know what cardboard boxes look like.

I had to build the lid of the larger chest from strips of cardboard and tape attaching it to the cardboard tab of the box. Then I covered the boxes with newsprint, so that I didn’t have to worry about painting over tape and stickers.

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After I wrapped the boxes in paper (great practice for Christmas), I sprayed the box with clear coat spray I had kicking around…just so the paper wouldn’t soak up the coat of paint so fast.

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After the first coat dried I started adding the wood grain. The wrinkling paper made this a little tough…but in the end I think it added to the weathered beaten up look to the wood.

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When the second coat dried, I took a sharpie and added the lines between the slabs of wood.

For the metal corners and edges I used white hockey tape I had spray painted with silver paint. Then I added the rivets with a sharpie. I also put some dark lines under the ‘metal’ banding, to make it look like it had depth.

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The smaller chest doesn’t open, it’ll just be for show. Along with my bottle of Grog and skull mug!

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