Saturday, 3 October 2015

Rusty Old Things: By zuzu

Hi there.
I am sharing a project that uses the largest of the Drop Box kits, some of the Pipework bits and a few little cogs today.
Simple but effective I hope.

I put the backing paper on to the main back panel of the box before assembling. I made sure to sand it back at the edges so it would not interfere with building the box.
I didn't add the perspex and front frame at this stage. I painted the whole thing with a wash of Decoart paint in Raw Umber to make it look more like old dark wood, then set it aside.

I glued my bits of pipe (and the taps etc) on to the front frame panel and then painted it all in Raw Umber. when it was dry i gave it all a rusty look using more "raw Umber" some "Quinacridone Gold" and some "raw sienna" applied in layers with a stipple brush.
A touch of blue patina antiquing cream went on to the pipes as well as some copper metallic lustre before attaching it (along with the perspex) on to the drop box.

When the glue had set, I simply poured some of my old clock and watch parts in to it with some other old rusty things I have found on my travels.

Calico Craft Parts used:
Drop box (Large)
Pipework Maze
Mini Cogs.


  1. OH MY Totally cool!!! I love how you amassed your treasures in this cool box and THOSE Pipes are just fantastic- I love them!! So well done Louise!!

    Jackie ")

  2. Love your box. I'm crazy about your rusty look. Great work. It truly do look like genuine rusty stuff. Thank you for sharing your lovely art..
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  3. Fabulous rusty pipes, and I just love your jumble of rusty old things!
    Alison xx

  4. Nobody does rusty quite as brilliantly as you Zuzu, this is incredible! Looks as if it was just found somewhere after centuries of decay!

  5. It's so simple: Want! Want! Want! :o)♥

  6. This is really impressive. Totally thought it was all rusty metal.

  7. Cool idea, fantastic inspiration!

  8. WOW this is amazing. If I didn't read I would have thought it was rusted already.

  9. This looks absolutely fabulous Louise x love the box and pipes as well as your rusty things.
    TFS Annie x

  10. Truly grand and so special!!!!
    A secret admirer.