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Monday, July 18, 2011

Altered Altoids Tin – The World’s Smallest Elephants

This is another piece that I designed for Alpha Stamps.
To mount the elephants inside the tin I glued small square beads to the back and then glued the bead to the tin.  The wheels are made from wooden spools and buttons. 
The flags at the top are metal pieces that I purchased in the JoAnn’s craft store jewelry making supply section. To make and mount the sign at the top I used toothpicks and mounted them in the holes created by removing the lid from the tin.

VIDEO TUTORIAL – There is now a YouTube video tutorial for this project.  The video also covers 5 other altered tin projects.  You’ll find the segment about this project at minute 27:22 in the video below.


Karenliz Henderson said...

WOW! Your work is extraordinary! How long does it take for you to complete something like this?

Elaine A said...

Laura -

This is just awesome! I can tell you put a lot of work into this piece. Now where did I put those Altoid tins - LOL!

Elaine Allen

smokeysmom said...

I'd LOVE a tutorial on how you alter the tins. The results are so amazing. Do you attach the collage sheet pieces to cardboard or something to keep them sturdy before you glue them on to the tins? I need details woman! LOL

Mary Ann Tate said...

Love it...really innovative :)

Barb said...

WOW!!! Laura, this is amazing!! I absolutely love it.

Lesley said...

Wow hard to believe this was an Altoid Tin. I love the Stage like appearance. Is this available also at the store you listed in your post?
A lot of deets and artistic flair.

Terri Daugherty said...

This is amazing Laura! I just finished reading "Water for Elephants" and this piece reminds me of how the circus train would pull into town, ready to amaze children and adults alike. Bravo!! Your piece is fabulous!

Terri said...

Time to get my tins out...I've been totally inspired by your projects. These are so Beautifully crafted!

michelle said...

Love this, your work always make my jaw drop, another innovative piece!

Donna said...

Fantastic!!! I love your work,this piece is amazing!!!

Sheila Singhal said...

Wow, what a wonderful blog! Such gorgeous and inventive work!

I'm currently doing a yearlong elephant blog (day 350 and counting!), so Im particularly enamoured of this wonderful elephant Altoid tin.