(@Jules should prepare to squeeeee.)
So several local stores have some plain wooden boxes with lids that use little magnets to help hold the lid on. As I am always looking for something to forge, I picked up some of several varying shapes when they were on sale.
Obviously, the box is too large (sort of) to thrown in the , but the lid fits nicely in the crumb tray. (The bottom just fit, just barely, without the crumb tray for one of the boxes I played with.)
So, I had several boxes of 3-4 different shapes, but I needed some inspiration for what to do with them.
George owns one of my coworkers, and gave me tons of inspiration. It doubled down as I knew George would freak @Jules the heck out, too. (Don’t wear out on squeeeee, yet, there’s more to come.)
A little searching, and I found a nice image to place on a box lid.
George is a bit less bland than that, though, so I decided to step up my game and see if I could remember some stuff I picked up as a small child, namely the attempt to stay inside the lines. I just happened to have a collection of available acrylic paints in various colors, and some brushes going all the way down to size 000. Since George was the inspiration, George box was about to get a transformation.
So George box had some color to him, but I needed to make sure he was protected, too. Enter my handy rustoleum clear gloss, a number of coats, with some really light sanding. (Keeping safety first.)
Mask for glue and certain paints, magnification for all the crazy detail work.
George Box, the glorious final item.
As I am hopelessly evil and cruel to my coworkers, I made George’s human come down to see without any clue what she was seeing. She liked it so much, I made an offer for her to buy it so she wouldn’t steal it.
This led to round 2, which has to do with a friend’s birthday.
I did not want the bright white, though, so I dirtied up the naught kitten a little bit…and engraved the bottom…with a few things added.
This one is still in the clear coat process, hence many uses of the mask.
So, @Jules, what was the squeeeee count?