Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rusty Time Box

I have to tell you that I wasn't a fan of rust or anything rusty. That was the first time in my blog life that I used the label "rust".  But I also have to tell you that I really enjoyed these new experiences with the rust techniques. I have found some great tutorials that I would like to share with you in case if you are not a rust-type person like me before :-)

My teamie, Brenda  Brown has a great tutorial at A Vintage Journey - my favourite was the technique with the cinnamon. 

Andy Skinner has 3 easy rust technique videos at DecoArt.

Well, after watching and reading these tutorials, I have made this rusty time box for our April challenge (RUST) whose hostess is the lovely Evelyn. 

My box looks really great, doesn't it?

For my project I used a round poplar box about 12 cm across, because it has nearly the same size as the weathered clock. The weathered clock was cut out from chipboard.

I made a hole in the middle with a tiny screw.

Then I painted dark brown everything, the box, the weathered clock and two pieces of 300 grams paper. 

When it was dry I cut out the Roman numbers from the 300 grams papers, from these:

With Ranger Glossy Accents I glued the Roman numbers to the side while I was using the weathered clock as an aid which helped to place the numbers.

At the Luxembourg Creative Expo in January I had bought a set of rust paints but I used only the thick paste-like paint (Rost Farbe). With a sponge I put a layer to the box and to the weathered clock.


I glued the weathered clock to the top with Glossy Accents and added the hands with an Idea-ology brad. 

Then I mixed the paste (Rost Farbe) with cinnamon and I covered again the whole top (weathered clock and hands too) and the numbers of the bottom. For the bottom numbers I used a brush.

When it was all dry, I put a layer of matte varnish everywhere to fix the cinnamon and the rust paint.

After all these processes, I took my 2B pencil and shaded the numbers, the clock and the edges the same way as Andy Skinner had done in the first video.

Which is good in this box that the hands are mobile, so I can indicate any time on the clock.

Sizzix dies:

Sizzix Bigz Die, Weathered Clock by Tim Holtz (657190)

Sizzix Thinlits Die, Alphanumeric (3/4") by Tim Holtz (660056)

I hope you like it! And if this inspired you to make something rusty, please don't hesitate to join our April challenge where you can win a £20 voucher!


  1. Fantastic rustiness Monika your box looks very old. Thanks for the shout out and I'm so glad you found my post useful. I bet your box smells lovely with the cinnamon you added. Have a great weekend xxx

  2. This looks absolutely brilliant i love it to pieces. Hugs rachel x

  3. It really looks like a rusted metal box! Beautiful make Monika.

  4. I love this, it really looks like a rusty old box (in a good way lol) I'm really keen to try the cinnamon now! Have a fun weekend. Sue xx

  5. Great rusty box Monika. You have certainly got the technique spot on. Xx

  6. I love your rusted box Monika - fabulous

  7. Gorgeous rusty box, dear Monika! It looks absolutely real!
    Have a nice weekend!
    xxx Evelyn

  8. Fab box ! Love the clock face on the top !
    Corrie x

  9. What a great rusty box look so realistic! xx


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