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From Gross to Gothy (Upcycled music box edition)  
27th-Mar-2013 09:41 pm
Originally posted by squidcoma at From Gross to Gothy (Upcycled music box edition)
So I have made quite a few upcycled trinket boxes from thrift shops and the reuse centre (Which I fully intend to do an entire post about, so you guys know what it is and how handy it is to have one of these locally!) I usually end up loving the way that they look so much that I don't sell them which I should be doing, and I end up with oodles of upcycled boxes but they end up being too pretty to get rid of sometimes.
Here are a few examples of previous projects that I've finished up.

So those are some of the previous boxes I've created, and now I present to you a tutorial on how to gut and customize a music box

What you will need
An old music box
A hot glue gun
Double sided sticky tape
a brick of Polymer clay
Any special adornments like the centre for the spinning portion,

First you are going to need your music box, take out all the cardboard, and lining and completely clean it out, get rid of the scraps of cardboard and glue so you have a nice even surface!

Then you need to paint your box, whatever colour you want, this is a bit time consuming so if you are working on several boxes you can paint the other while you are waiting for the first to dry!

Once the outside of your box is nice and dry, you can work on all the areas that are not going to be covered by your fabric inserts.

While that is drying, you can cut out your cardboard to size so that you can cover them in fabric and stick them inside your music box where you haven't painted. I prefer to use thinner cardboard that I would have recycled anyways like cookie boxes!

Cut a piece of fabric to size of your cardboard and then attach double sided tape to all four sides of your fabric, peeling the backing off, fold your fabric over the sides until you have a nice smooth and secure surface.

At this point, plug in your hot glue gun and warm it up and flip over the large panel for the centre of your music box and glue your mirror in the middle!

Liberally apply hot glue to the back, of your cardboard and place it in the main portion of your music box. I also decided to add some lace to the mirror and a little cameo on the top as an accent.

Attach your other panels with hot glue

 Now comes the time to decide on your spinning decal, damn you black on black. It's there, I swear and it's DAMN SPOOKY TOO!

IT'S A BLOCK OF FIMO! Get that rolled into a big ball and then flatten it out with some sort of rollin pin or circular mason jar!

Cut out your wing shape, or horn shape, or antler shape, whatever shape you want protruding from the top of your box really. I don't give a hoot!

If you are making wings, you want to be sure to fold over the shoulders that will be attached to your box and make sure they are cylinders and all wings need some braces on them, so roll out nice thin strings of fimo and attach them in between every point, making sure to smooth them into the rest of the fimo so they stick out and look strange!

Put them in the oven, and bake them with PURE EVIL! Or a temperature of 265 degrees, whatever tickles your fancy really. Then paint them to match your box, or keep them plain OR DO WHATEVER THE HECK YOU PLEASE! polka dots might be cute.

Wait for your wings to dry, and then mark on a box where you would like them to go. Then put a GIANT glob of hot glue where you would like them placed and ram those suckers in there so they stick extra securely. I have tried super glue for this sort of thing...and it always lets me down, thusly TONS OF HOT GLUE. Don't worry if it looks weird, we're gonna fix it in a second.

Now that both your thingies are stuck to the bobber deal, you must decorate with many gems, or stones, or stickers, or any of those fiddley pretty things. I chose black gems to give it a sparkley studded effect. At this stage, you can also paint that dry hot glue to match the top of your box, so it just looks like a nifty rivet around your wing and like it was ALWAYS THERE! ^_^

Add some more sparkle gems and you have a spooky goth music box of the night to creep out your friends and family with when they sleep over. YAY!
28th-Mar-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Great tutorial, thank you for sharing it!

Although would you put a lj-cut after the first picture?
28th-Mar-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
There you go ^_^
28th-Mar-2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing this!!! <3
29th-Mar-2013 06:00 am (UTC)
Looks great!
29th-Mar-2013 07:16 am (UTC)
Awesome, a great idea! :D
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