I hope you are well…I’m back today with a project I created for Tim Holtz Creativation 2019. This time it was for the Assemblage Booth. If you aren’t familiar with Assemblage, it is a line of jewelry pieces, baubles and charms by Tim Holtz that are meant to be randomly built to create beautiful handmade costume jewelry. The pieces are designed and influenced by vintage jewelry pieces. They can be blended together and altered to fit your own taste. Plus, they are an affordable way to create vintage inspired designs.
Here is a link to timholtzassemblage.com where you can see the entire line. Assemblage is available at many online retailers like Simon Says Stamp, Joann Fabrics and through your own local shops.
If you’ve followed my blog long enough then you will know that I have a HUGE love for all things vintage, but am strongly influenced by vintage costume jewelry, haberdashery, buttons and baubles…obsessively in fact. 😉 I’ve been collecting for as long as I can remember and snatch up vintage “junk” whenever I get the chance. It’s in my blood. So, when I was asked to create a couple mixed media pieces for the Assemblage Booth, I jumped at the chance.
Today, I’m sharing with you the first of my makes. As some of you know, I also love the idea-ology trinket tins (yes, I may be slightly addicted to them, but they’re just so darn cool!) and this project uses one that I distressed to create a well-loved and worn feel. The trinket tins are a perfect little home for a heartfelt keepsake, to give as a special gift, or to keep for yourself and display a small vignette.
This project was really inspired by the Idea-ology Photo Booth Photo and the phrase that I found in the Sticker Clippings pack. The photo really spoke to me and reminded me of my Mom. In fact, this little girl looks very similar to some of the photos I have of her growing up.
So, I couldn’t help but place my feelings for my Mom into this project and for obvious reasons, it became one of my favorites from the show. The gathered trinkets inside the tin were bits and pieces of things that she loved and collected…vintage pearl buttons, lace & trims.
This Assemblage Pendant Bloom is one of my favorite additions to the tin. I used some Distress Paints and a Fine Detail Water Brush and painted on a worn enameled look onto the once plain brass pendant. I was able to change it into whatever color combo I wanted. I really think it looks like something I could have picked up in a junk shop.
The first steps of my project began with creating the well worn look of the Trinket Tin. I started by denting it up with a hammer on a wood surface. Then I lightly painted on a thin coat of Dina Wakley White Gesso on the inside and outside of the tin. This creates “tooth” and a place for the Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to adhere to. If you try to apply the texture paste onto an area where there is no paint, it will crackle and flake off.
After the gesso was applied and dried, with my finger, I applied some texture paste to some areas inside and outside of the tin, then let it dry and crackle. After it crackled I blended the crackled areas with some Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and Mushroom Alcohol Ink. With my finger I then applied a tiny bit of Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. I let that dry and then blended on some more Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and Mushroom Alcohol Ink into the cracks to give it some more age.
If you find that some areas of the crackle are flaking off, simply add a bit of Distress Collage Matte Medium over the areas with your finger. It does the trick!
Oh my goodness…look at those layers of CRACKLE yumminess.
Now onto the inside of the tin…
I decided to go digging into my scrap box to find a background paper for the inside lid of the tin. It doesn’t take much paper and the scrap of Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper that I found was the perfect piece. I found some pieces of old lace, the Photobooth photo and a floral piece from the idea-ology Layers Botanicals, and began arranging the layout. I decided to make this into a tin that could hang on the wall and selected an 18″ Wood Beaded Chain from the Assemblage line. It wasn’t quite the color I was looking for but a little Distress Paint changed that very easily! 😉
I painted on a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and a bit of Cracked Pistachio, onto the beaded chain, then set it aside to dry.
I did the same treatment to the Assemblage Charms Key and Keyhole and a knob from the idea-ology Mini Hardware. After they were dry, I added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
I finished the basic layout of the tin and then began distressing all the parts and pieces. I added a tiny flower from the idea-ology Paper Bouquet within the Assemblage Glass Vial Charm. I added a scrap of ribbon to the key, and arranged the areas where eventually I would sew on some vintage pearl buttons.
Then I started prepping the tin for the hardware add-ons.
With a hammer and awl, I punched holes for the knob on top, the keyhole on the front and holes on both sides of the tin to add the beaded chain.
I attached the keyhole with a couple idea-ology small Hex Fasteners.
I then attached a couple jump rings to the chain that had been shortened to fit atop the tin. The chain was then attached to the tin with a couple of idea-ology large Hex Fasteners.
The knob was attached with the screw provided with it.
In order for the tin to hang straight with the tin lid open, I added a counter weight… I chose to use the Assemblage Pendant Bloom. I attached the pendant with a jump ring to the chain, then began painting it with a variety of Distress Paints.
I painted the pendant using Peeled Paint, Broken China, Picket Fence and Fossilized Amber Distress Paints. Then dried it with my heat tool.
I distressed the idea-ology Photobooth Photo and the Flower Botanical Layer with my Sanding Grip and Paper Distresser. Then blended them with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
I blended the Sticker Clipping with some Frayed Burlap Ink, then spritzed with with water, dabbed it with a towel and dried it with my heat tool.
I stitched the photo onto the lace background with my sewing machine.
I hand stitched the buttons and key charm onto the lace piece with some thread and stitched on a small safety pin to hold the small Glass Vial Charm. I added an Ornate Heart Locket to the key with a jump ring.
All my lace and paper parts were adhered with Distress Collage Matte Medium within the tin and with that, the tin was complete.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Assemblage- 18″ Wood Beaded Chain, Key and Keyhole Charms, Glass Vial charms, Findings Assorted Jump Rings, Ornate Locket Hearts, Bloom Pendant
Tim Holtz/ Idea-ology- Photobooth Photos, Botanical Layers, Sticker Clippings, Trinket Tin, Mini Hardware (Knob), Mini Pins, Hex Fasteners, Flower Bouquet
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint
Distress Ink- Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
Distress Crayons- Walnut Stain
Distress Paint-Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Detail Water brush, Sanding Grip, Paper Distresser, Wire Trimmers, Needle Nose Jewelry Pliers, Dina Wakley White Gesso
Other- Sewing Machine and Thread, Vintage Lace and Buttons, Needle and Thread