The preparations for the upcoming Steampunk Halloween: The Vicar of Parsonsfield event are coming along rather nicely.  We’ve started to collect some rather impressive  stamps, boxes, and raffle prizes from some very generous (and talented) people.  I’ve also begun to prepare some boxes of my own, including the Alchemist’s Box.

Parsonsfield Seminary Hall

Seminary Hall - The Event Venue

The Alchemist’s Box is a table top event box (my second) that will be launched at the upcoming event.  The “story” behind the box is that it’s a small chest that stores information about, and materials for, 13th century alchemy as collected by a Victorian era inventor and scientist who is secretively dabbling in the forgotten arts.

Rather than creating the box entirely from scratch (which would be a little too much work), I started with a $6 wooden craft box.  The first step of the process for transmutation from craft box to alchemist box is to completely deconstruct the craft box to its base components.

Deconstruction of the craft box

Deconstruction of the craft box

Next, the unfinished wood of the box needs to be given a nice base coat of an acrylic craft paint.  This prepares the surface for the application of Mod Podge to decoupage on some decorative paper.  I used the gloss Mod Podge to give the box a polished appearance.

Base coat of black acrylic paint

Base coat of black acrylic paint

The interior of the box is lined with various Tim Holtz papers that look like vintage ads, letters, and parts catalogs.  A coat of gloss acrylic sealant removes the tackiness of the Mod Podge.

Decorative papers added

Decorative papers added

Finally came reconstruction of the box and the creation of alchemical materials.  The “minerals” were created using microbeads, polymer clay, and various kitchen and craft substances.   An old-fashioned, leather-bound notebook finishes the box.

Vials containing various minerals

The corks are secured to prevent accidental reactions

I’m hoping that people will appreciate an event box that is more than just a simple container.  Instead of being designed for bulk-stamping, this table-top box is designed to give the visitor a chance to explore before stamping up.

The Alchemist's Box

The finished Alchemist's Box

Grab your goggles, join us in Parsonsfield, and keep an eye out for the Alchemist’s Box!  Now I just need to carve a stamp…


4 Thoughts on “The Alchemist’s Box

  1. Lady Slpa on February 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM said:

    I can’t wait to see it in person!

  2. Cheryll Dale (OD) on February 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM said:

    Wonderful! The outside reminds me of an old suitcase I own up in the attic. Beautifully done,… fun, creative, you did it all!

  3. That’ll be wicked awesome in person!!

  4. mainekokopellian on February 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM said:

    Excellent work!
    I know this is just the tip of the iceberg for creativity for this event…

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