Steampunk Caged Heart Wood Block

You know what it’s like… hoard items that you think will come in handy for years……and finally inspiration strikes! I bought a couple of miniature wire cages (Christmas decorations) years ago in a sale and kept them in a box, not really sure what I would do with them. Well, finally I found a use for one of them….well half of one actually…

My original inspiration came from the current challenge at Haunted Design House – Get in the Naughty Corner. I had a rectangular wood block that I wanted to decorate – as it had corners!

Steampunk Caged Heart Woodblock

I painted the block with black gesso and once dry nailed on some fancy metal corner brackets. I tore a page of foreign book text and used Deco Mache glue to attach it to the centre front. Then, once dry I added a bit more black gesso over the edges to blend them in.

Steampunk Caged Heart Woodblock

I took some EcoGreen Crafts cardboard washers and glued them onto the front with the Deco Mache glue. While they were drying I cut a piece of foamboard for my word stamp and painted it with black gesso. Thankfully gesso dries pretty quickly so I could glue the foamboard in place ready for the next stage.

I used Copper Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint to paint the foamboard and washers, and added a light touch to the wood around the edges and sides. Once dry I used Deco Art Media Patina Cream in Patina Green to go over the copper areas. This dries really quickly too, but can be wiped off with a damp cloth to reveal the paint below, causing an aged effect. I then repeated this with Carbon Black Patina Cream to add a bit of depth in between the washers and at the edges of the foamboard.

Steampunk Caged Heart Woodblock

I used my Andy Skinner stamps to stamp the words onto the foamboard (I pressed a little hard using StazOn ink and lifted a bit of the paint, but it all adds to the distressed effect!!) I then stamped the winged key from the same set onto the book page.

Steampunk Caged Heart Woodblock

The heart is made from Silk Clay and was given the same paint treatment as before. I used some wire cutters to cut the cage in half and brushed a little of the green Patina Cream onto it to tie in the colour. I glued the heart in place with Pinflair glue gel then positioned the cage where I wanted it. I used a pokey tool to make little holes where the wire ends touched the wood and then gently tapped the cage with a hammer to embed the wire into the wood.

Steampunk Caged Heart Woodblock

I am really pleased with how this turned out and have thoroughly enjoyed using the Patina Creams for the first time. I will find plenty of uses for them in future projects.

I am entering the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics – ATG

Haunted Design House – The Naughty Corner

Rhedds Creative Spirit – ATG

Crafting From The Heart – ATG

Simon Says Stamp – Monday Challenge: B is for…. (birdcage)

The Corrosive Challenge – Follow Your Heart

Crafts 4 Eternity – Anything But a Card

Craft Stamper – Take It, Make It (March)


18 Replies to “Steampunk Caged Heart Wood Block”

  1. The texture and finish on this is brilliant. Thanks for sharing for the challenge at Haunted Design House over and above your incredible GDT piece! 🙂

  2. Wow,love,love,love this…great that you were finally able to use your birdcages…
    Thank you for joining us over at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit…x

  3. Love it and all the different textures!!! Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart, good luck!!! Amy DT

  4. This is too cool for words! I love the patinas you used and I could have sworn that was copper on there! And the clay heart and wire birdcage ….fantastic! Love this beyond words! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  5. Very cool steampunk art! I love your caged heart and the treatments on the background and heart. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  6. Oooooh !! That’s gorgeous and what lovely metal embellies 😀 Thank you for coming to play at HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE 🙂

    IKE xx

    HDH DT

  7. This is fab! I love the stamped sentiment and the way some of the paint got lifted – as they say happy accident as it looks great! The heart fits brilliantly in the cage too. Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit ~ Steffi :o) xx

  8. This is truly beautiful! Thanks for joining in with us at HDH, and sorry my comment is so late, I’m playing catch-up.

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