Miniature Garden Ornament Trinket Box

Last week Tim Holtz sent me a pack of his new idea-ology Decorative Deer, just one of the exciting new products in his 2016 Christmas product release. These tiny, adorable resin figures, in two sizes, have a million and one applications, holiday or any day!cathe-holden-garden-deer-08To transform the deer, I utilized products from the studio I use in my assemblage art  to turn items from plastic to metal or concrete in appearance. And in this case, turning a little resin deer into one resembling a vintage garden ornament.cathe-holden-garden-deer-10Project ingredients include: Tim Holtz idea-ology Decorative Deer, J-B Weld KwikWeld, Sophisticated Finishes Rust Antiquing Set, a wee bit of moss, and a few tiny pebbles from the ground outside my studio.cathe-holden-garden-deer-09J-B Kwik is a fast setting, two-part epoxy cold weld system that I use frequently for connecting metalwork in my art, but can also coat small objects or areas quite nicely to give them a metal surface. cathe-holden-garden-deer-07Once mixed the J-B Kwik becomes solid and hard in 6 minutes, so one needs to work fast keeping projects or project sections small.cathe-holden-garden-deer-06Using a flat wooden sandwich pick (which I also use to stir the two-part epoxy) I coated one of the smaller of the two deer, set it atop the tin lid of a 1-ounce metal favor tin and added more epoxy to secure it, creating a textured surface to simulate the ground.cathe-holden-garden-deer-05Within minutes the surface was dry and hard and ready for smoothing with a narrow Crafty-Cat sanding needle for any areas that needed it.cathe-holden-garden-deer-04I then coated the entire deer and lid with the instant iron base coating, and once dry followed with a few coats of the rust finish. A good amount of detail in the deer is lost when coating with the J-B Kwik, so if you are going for a less rounded look, that step can be skipped and the following step used directly on the resin deer figure.cathe-holden-garden-deer-03I attached a small bit of moss and some tiny pebbles.cathe-holden-garden-deer-01Now I have a sweet little container for notes, what-nots, money gift, or party favor.cathe-holden-garden-deer-02

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