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DIY. Jewellery box for the wedding rings

Here is one more fantastic DIY by a fine artist Katya RyazanovaKatya wrote a few guest posts for the blog. You can find all her DIY posts here.


Tools and materials:

- wooden box,
- a decoupage card or a paper napkin with an ornament,
- a shaped element made of cardboard (tag),
- brown and ivory acrylic paint,
- matte acrylic lacquer,
- "Dimensional Magic" by PLAID (or super-glossy lacquer),
- a piece cotton or linen lace,
- a piece of canvas (or any kind of natural rough fabric)
- a piece of candle wax or beeswax,
- a painting rush,
- bituminous varnish (optional),
- A bit of batting (or any pillow filler),
- glue for cardboard and wood,
- sandpaper,
- thread and needle,
- A small Phillips screwdriver.

The first thing you need to do is to remove all metal accessories from the box. Carefully unscrew the hinges and the lock. Put them aside. You will re-attach them later.

After that stain all the wooden parts with the brown acrylic paint. Stain all the corners and spots that could get darker naturally over time. Do not get carried away; paint along the grain. Leave the box to dry then wax the painted spots. Gently rub the excess wax with your finger. It will form tiny rolls that is easy to remove.

Now  it is time to paint the box with the ivory acrylic paint. Leave it to dry. If the paint is not opaque enough and the brown color still can be seen, then apply another layer of the ivory paint. Let it dry well.

Take sandpaper and go over the box with it. The ivory paint will start showing the brown color that is under it (just where it was waxed). Slightly scratched it with your finger nail if you want to show more brown color. Try not to overdo it, otherwise you will have to re-paint it. 

This is what you should get:

Let's make a decorative element for the lid. Paint your shaped tag with the ivory acrylic paint on one side. Let it dry, then glue your motif on the top. Trim the edges.  

Make your prepared decoupage card (or napkin) wet. Make sure it is all smooth and all the air pockets are removed (use a brush to remove them). Then apply a coat of acrylic lacquer. Let it dry well and apply a couple more coats of the lacquer. You can polish the box with a sandpaper when the box gets dry. Apply one more coat of lacquer after that.

Now you may work on the aging of your shaped tag. I use bituminous varnish, but you can also use brown acrylic paint. I have an old synthetic brush for this process. I scoop a little bit of the bitumen and leave it to dry on the brush for about 15-20 minutes. Then I "wipe" the brush with the bitumen against the edges of the tag. Excess bitumen can be removed with a cotton stick wetted with the white spirit.

It's time to re-attach the accessories back onto the box using the same screwdriver. 

Here is my favorite glue that can glue anything and it has no color. You can also use E6000 or a transparent epoxy glue instead. Another bottle is the "Dimensional Magic" from PLAID that allows to create a lens-like transparent layer.

Apply some glue to the back side of the tag, place it on the lid and press it tightly. Excess glue can be removed with a toothpick. Then leave it to dry well.

It's time to take care of the interior decoration of the box. Let's sew a small decorative pillow!

Take a piece of fabric of an appropriate size (I had a 4,5''*4,5'' for the box that was about 3,5''*2''*2''). Fold it in half; face inward, and sew the edge opposite to the fold. Turn it out. We got a tube! 

Stuff it slightly and sew one open end. Finish stuffing and try to see how it fits the box. Sew the second open end together.

Cut an appropriate piece of lace and wrap it around your pillow. Carefully sew the lace onto the pillow.

Place the finished pillow in your box:

It took me all day to get to this point. The daylight is gone and the next picture is taken under the electric light. Now I am making the "lens" using the PLAID product. Apply it from the edges toward the center. The layer should not be too thin (you can use just a lacquer if you like a thing layer). Be careful not to let it spill over the edges. Leave it on a flat surface to dry for 4-5 hours.

Here is my finished box:

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