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Sun and Zodiac Round Box

This is a lovely gift not only for valentine's day, but for all occasions. It is made from slabs of modeling material. The slabs are joined by smoothing the inside seams with a modeling tool. When the pot is complete, smooth the out side seams. This pot is ideal for storing small valuables. To make a nest of pots, make two more pots- one smaller and one larger than your sun and star pot.

Zodiac Box

Materials Needed:

  • Chopping board
  • Tall, thick glass
  • Ruler
  • Drying modeling material
  • Acrylic paints
  • Modeling tool
  • PVA Glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

Roll a large slab of material until it is 5mm (.25 inch) thick. Use an upturned glass to cut out two circles. Cut out two strips, one 25cm X 5cm (10inX2in) and one 25cm (10in X 3/4in)

first step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

To make the lid, roll out one of the circles until it is 5mm (1/4 inch) wider than the other circle. Score around the side of the lid before pressing on the narrow strip. Bind the edges together.

second step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

Score the side of the remaining circle and carefully wrap the wider strip of material around it. Support the sides of the pot as you bind the edges together and smooth the joins.

third step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

Press an upturned glass on to rolled out material to make the outline of a circle. Into the center, place a small circle of material. Carve the sun's rays around it using the modeling tool.

fourth step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

Cut out the sun with the modeling tool and position it on the flat, upper surface of the lid. Place the lid on the upturned glass to dry. Allow the pot and the lid to dry for 12 hoursbefore turning them over to dry for further 12 hours.

fifth step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

Paint and decorate the insides and the out sides of the pot and the lid. When dry, apply a varnish of 8 part PVA glue to 1 part water.

sixth step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day

And here is the Zodiac and Sun pot ready! Here are some painting tips to help you thru:
Paint the inside and outside of the pot first. While this is drying, paint the top and the bottom of the lid yellow. Decorate the pot with stars and then go on to complete the lid with the blue and green paint. To finish, paint stars on the lid.
*To make the Zodiac and the moons really shine, sprinkle gold or silver glitter in the wet paint.

fourth step to create Zodiac Box for valentines day


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