Watchmaker Cabinet

I haven’t done much 3D work or sculpture.  Thank you SanDee and Amelie for the push to do something out of my comfort zone.  I don’t really have much of a comfort zone in anything these days, so being outside of it, could be considered my norm anyway.  This month SanDee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge is “Matchbox Steampunk”.  I’ve never made a matchbox and I’m a novice with Steampunk, so I scratched my head quite a while for this one.  I came up with a Watchmakers Filing Cabinet.  I started by trying to find a matchbox die cut but failed miserably, so I ended up making a template ad cutting them all by hand from scrap pieces of cardstock.


I hoard boxes, so I had a christmas chocolate box in my stash that the matchboxes fit into quite snugly.  I painted everything with Burnt Siena.



I found some gears from another project laying on my desk and when I found those, it finally hit me what this would become.


I lined the drawers with Graphics 45 Steampunk Spells – Beware reverse side paper, the 8 x 8 size.  The gears are Sizzix Bigz Gadget Gears.  I cut away the inside of the largest gear and fit the clock face from the Vintage Alarm Clock Movers and Shapers die by Sizzix on top of it.


Everything was painted with crackle medium and then topped with Golden Titan Buff acrylic paint.  The metal numbers where from one of the big box hobby stores.  I embossed some aluminum foil with the Sizzix Clocks folder and filled in the back with joint compound and painted it.  I’ve done demonstrated this in more detail in my Turquoise Altered Book post.


I also decided to paint a little piece of cheesecloth silver and add it to the top.


The gears were embossed with Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo embossing powder and the bottles were painted with Ranger’s Distress Crackle Paint.  I got this idea from Tim Holtz and watching some of the great Youtube videos coming out of the Summer CHA.  In particular I should give a shout out to Craft Test Dummies as I found their videos very timely and well done.  It is my dream to go to CHA someday, but since I’m not employed by the industry, it will forever remain a dream.



I filled the largest bottle (also from a big box retailer) with some tiny watch parts.


The embossed foil was painted and topped with Rubnbuff and copper paint then torn into strips and adhered to the sides.



As always – if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a shout!  Thanks for looking!!

About Sam

A lover of crafts and art trapped in the mind of an accountant. My dream is to someday be set free of the cubicle prison. Meanwhile, I craft and I create to set my mind free.
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10 Responses to Watchmaker Cabinet

  1. Faith says:

    Very cool piece of 3D art! Fab textures!

  2. Angela says:

    Loving this! Gorgeous textures used. Angela x

  3. what an awesome job you did. Your chest of drawers is beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing! Kimberly

  4. SanDee1899 says:

    Oh my gosh this is absolutely adorabel what an amazing work of art!
    xoxox SanDee
    Thank you indeed for joining the SanDee&amelie´s STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE!

  5. die amelie says:

    A fantastic piece of art, Sam!

    That you made your own template for the matchboxes makes it even more stunning! So clever and well done! I love the crackle and the embossed torn strips, the bottles with the crackles on them and ….well, the whole drawer! It looks so fantastically awesome!

    So great to have you join in our challenge again at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenges! Thank you!

    Claudia – die amelie x

  6. Elly says:

    This sunny – seaside – steampunk creation would fit pefect in my shabby corner. Very cool inspiration (:o)

  7. Sarah Lynch says:

    I absolutely love this!! Great job!

  8. Maura says:

    What a fun cabinet. Really nice work on it.

  9. Fabulous cabinet, all the detail is incredible and thank you for letting me know there are other box hoarders out

  10. Pingback: Gear Box Revisited | Craftart

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