Mint Tin Treasure Box
Convert an ordinary mint tin into a tiny mint tin treasure box.
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Mimi Diehl embellishes an everyday mint tin with marbled polymer clay to make a tiny treasure box.
Materials and Tools:
mint or gum tin with a hinged lid
2 colors of polymer clay, purple and white
small amount of contrasting polymer clay color
pink mica powder
polymer clay dedicated pasta machine
polymer clay dedicated toaster oven
black acrylic paint
1. Condition the purple and white polymer clay in a clay-dedicated pasta machine.
2. Roll two coils, one of each color.
3. Twist the coils together, fold in half and roll into a single coil.
4. Repeat twisting and rolling until the desired marbleized effect is achieved (figure A).
5. Run the marbled clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
6. Use the body of the tin itself like a cookie cutter and cut a piece of clay to fit the top of the tin.
7. Apply a thin layer of white glue to the tin's lid and adhere the cut piece of clay to the tin (figure B).
8. Cut a length of rolled clay to cover the rest of the exposed lid. Adhere with white glue.
9. Condition a small amount of a contrasting color of clay (black) and roll into a thin coil. Embellish the clay-covered top of the tin with the black coil (figure D).
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