Remember that project that I wanted to start with a chest box that I bought? Well, it is almost finished, but I could not wait to share some pictures of it and to talk about what the project entailed.
I wanted to do a vampire hunter kit to display in Kassandra's shop. I had seen some of these kits for sale, but the ones that I liked were really out of my budget. So, I decided to try and make my own.
So I bought this box:
I had seen some kits that were made into a suitcase or a trunk, and they were absolutely gorgeous. But I though "If someone is running or galloping after a vampire he or she needs something portable that could be carried without too much effort, like a small box". So I chose this box that was, maybe, the size of a jewelry box or small chest.
The first thing I did was strip the box of everything it had inside:
Then, I took red "suede" paper like the one it had, took measurements and cut some pieces to redo the inside:
And then, I started making everything a vampire hunter may need. First, a bible. I made it by cutting small pieces of wood for the pages, and covering them with a nice vintage-looking paper cover. I also painted the wood with golden paint, to imitate gilded pages:
Then I purchased some crosses and a silver dagger, and attached everything to the lid of the box with suede paper strips:
I knew I needed a very small glass bottle for the "Holy Water" - my usual apothecary glass bottles would not do. I had the opportunity of buying a very cute bottle at one of Tom Bishop's shows:
After that came a long hiatus of work and the move to the new home, so I was too busy with life things. Today I retook the vampire hunter project after finally knowing how I wanted to continue. I cut a couple of pieces of plywood to redo the box compartments:
Then I covered the pieces with the red suede paper:
Next, stakes! I took decorated toothpics, cut them to fit the box and filed the end to a point with the help of a blade. Then I used regular acrylic ink to paint them:
Next step, parchments rolls. I simply took my parchment paper, cut a couple of strips, rolled them and tied them with black cord:
And finally! My cute glass bottle! I made a label saying "Holy Water", printed it on the parchment paper and attached it to the bottle. And this is how the box looks now:
I still need to do a mallet and a garlic from polymer clay. But I probably need to buy some new blocks for that - mine were rather unworkable. I am so happy how well turned out!
I will post more pics when I do the mallet and the garlic. I hope you enjoy this post. I certainly did, both doing the project and writing about it!
UPDATE: This is awesome! You want your own life-sized, portable vampire hunting kit? Check these out! Oh, one day one of these will be mine...