“Metal Mail”

 “Metal Mail”

I have to admit that Flying Unicorn has the most unique and creative OTP projects. I knew we were getting a mailbox and had a dream about it. I knew exactly what I was going to do before it even came. Metal, metal and more metal.

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Here is the process: (lots of pictures)

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Unfortunately I could not find the DH’s tin snips. So I dug this out of the garage.

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I cut around where the legs would be and started to paint the inside while my legs were drying.

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Left Side: I didn’t want them to look alike so I did off set more to the back on this side.

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Left Side: I really wanted to add some texture to this once shiny,smooth box so I used some Prima texture paste. I also figured it would help the metal adhere better.

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Right side: clean slate lots of gesso.

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Starting to layer, and layer and more layering. I got to use some of my goodies from my good Uni-friend “Diva” I placed the clock hand perfectly on the flag.

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I normally place everything, take a picture and then reassemble with gel medium…This time I just went with it.


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I wanted to add some bling to the centers of the flower clusters but it just didn’t look right.

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So  I went with resin flowers instead.

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Starting so put some mica powder on after a thick layer of gesso. I deiced to go with some of the colors from the kit.

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I use hair clips to help hold the metal on because I can be impatient at times.

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And just because there is a handle on it now doesn’t mean it’s dry yet. oops.

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Here was a problem, making sure it flowed from one side to the other. lots and lots of layers and heat setting.

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I needed to make some goodies for the inside so I made this little gift pouch.

So now the pretty pictures. I am still trying to figure out the camera and I took pictures both inside and out. I have better lighting with outside.

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I covered up the face of the pocket watch with some tape while I sprayed.

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You can see the texture paste close up here. Still a learning curve with that.

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Left side

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My little packages I made, and some home made envelopes that Sigita Grunte posed on FB. They were so cute I had to try my hand at them.

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I used some goodies from the December kit to add to the effect.

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 I wanted to do something a little different seeing I thought there would be a fair number of Christmas themed mailboxes. I need to give it to my awesome mail lady Janice who puts up with my deliveries and my kids always breaking into her jaw breaker stash in her mail truck.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Supplies Used:

Metal Mailbox; Paper: Marion Smith Motley Off the Wall; Stencil: Prima Cobblestone: Inks/Sprays/Paints: Prima Mica Powder Rush, Gold Opal Magic, Bloom Sprays Empress Gold; PearlEx Antique Gold, Shimmerz Vibez Tuape of the Morning; Flowers: Petaloo Mini Burlap Antigue Red, Burlap Flowers Ivory; Embellishments: Prima Micro Beads Copper, Bronze, Poppie and Peonies Canvas ATC Cards, Wood Icons Boarders; Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments, Marion Smith Junque & Gems Geared Up, Anne-Marie’s Metal Adornments; Miriams Crafting Supply Metal Adornments; American Craft Premium Ribbon Brown, Maya Road Cording Twine Cream; Creative Embellishments Barbed Wire; Other Supplies: Prima ArtExtravagance Texture Paste, 13@rts Modeling Paste, Gel Medium, Gesso, Golden Artist Soft Gel, Extra Heavy Gel.

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6 Responses to “Metal Mail”

  1. Lydia G says:

    Freaking Awesome! Wow and what a gift, she’ll love it! You totally rocked this one!

  2. Tammy Wilson says:

    It’s great. Did you use everything from the Flying Unicorn kit on this? I was thinking of joining the KOM but still have reservations. Need to make sure the kit is worth what i’m paying for it.

    • Heather says:

      Thank you Tammy for your warm comments. I Used a lot from the Kit. But most of the product you can get in the store. Very creative kits always something new.

  3. Wow, Heather, your mailbox is totally gorgeous!! Your design and embellies look so beautiful – I love it. And, thanks for sharing your awesome step-by-step process. Your mail lady will adore this!

  4. Mariane says:

    Heather … wow WOW wow ..That is so fantastic !!!! I love it ! wish I could have a mail box like that. Wonderful work and so well done!!!

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