Halloween Altered Tin

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Project Description

Creative Paperclay blog hop

Welcome to the Creative Paperclay® blog hop!! We’ve teamed with Gina’s Designs Lasercuts to bring you some spook-tacular creations. You’re at Carole Lassak’s Create N Craft blog, and I’ve altered a sardine tin to make a Halloween decor piece.Finished-Lighted Altered Tin

The first step was to spray paint the tin. I used a dull gold tone, textured paint to give the piece an aged and weathered look.Painted sardine tine


Next, I gave all the Gina’s Designs chipboard pieces a coat of gesso, then painted and decorated them. I added beads for the bat’s eyes, and covered the Boo! with orange mica.

Chipboard Shapes

Unpainted chipboard

Painted Chipboard Shapes

Painted chipboard shapes

While those were drying, I started to form the clay pieces. For the background, I rolled out a ball of clay to about 1/8″ thickness, and pressed a stencil into the clay using a rolling pin. After this piece dried, I was able to cut it with scissors to the size I needed. I painted it with a black-green acrylic paint, which I brushed on, then immediately wiped off to get the appropriate shading.

The fence was constructed of thin, rectangular pieces of clay, and painted a shiny, metallic gun metal grey. The little pumpkins were balls of clay that were scored to resemble the sections of a pumpkin. I used a silicone mold for the leaves, and extruded long, thin strands for the vines.

Leaf Molds

Leaf molds

Extruded Vines

Extruded vines

When all the paint was dry, I began to assemble the altered tin. First, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the tin to accommodate the flame of a battery tea light candle.

The bats float above the scene on brass springs, and are help in place with jewelry clay.Jewelry Clay Holding Bars in Place

The witch was was adhered to the background clay piece with pop dots to create a shadow, and give it the illusion of flying through the trees.Witch and Shadow

Here are close-ups of the fence and pumpkins and the leaves and vines.

Fence and Pumpkins Close UpVines Close Up

I mounted the completed altered tin in a stemmed candle holder.Finished Lighted Candlestick



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  1. linda October 31, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

    LOVE IT! What did oyu use for the trees behind the witch? What a great idea to use the pop dots so she creates a shadow. I have those in my studio stash and never think about using them…you now have me looking at them with new eyes. Thanks

    • Carole Lassak October 31, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

      For the trees I rolled out a ball of clay to about 1/8″ thickness, and pressed Dream Weaver’s Bare Trees stencil (LJ 849) into the clay using a rolling pin, then when dry it was cut to size and painted.

  2. sandeeNC October 31, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    LOVE the altered tin, you did a really good job with the elements and I love all the 3-D effects! Pinning this to my Halloween board!

  3. Carole Lassak October 31, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  4. Theresa Bennett October 31, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    That’s a cute idea.

  5. Kim C October 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Very cute! Love how you made the leaves and vines! Very cool idea!

  6. deb October 31, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Neat project!

  7. Chris October 31, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Very creative.

  8. Ginger Jarnagin November 1, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Not THIS is an amazing project, one like I have not seen before. Really amazing!!

  9. Terri Sproul November 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Love the bats

  10. Brenda November 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Carole… Such a wonderful work of art. Such wonderful ideas in technique. Love the dimension in your work! 🙂

  11. JackieP Neal November 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    What a great tin! I love the added candlestick idea!!

  12. Shanna November 3, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I am loving your vines and leaves! How creative!

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