Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lighten Up!

 The last time I was at the craft store, I found a copper patina kit in the clearance aisle. I've been curious about these kits for a long time, so I couldn't resist! There are two parts to the kit: a paint which contains real flakes of copper, and a solution which corrodes the copper flakes.

I made my lantern out of heavy paper/thin card stock.
 Originally, I thought I would make a working door for the lantern. But I ran into some trouble with the hinges, and ultimately decided to glue the lantern's door closed. The little latch on the right does turn though!
I added 'old' glass to the windows, a candle, and a ring to the top to finish it off. I'd just added the ring when I took this picture, which is why you can see that bright white spot of glue!


  1. Good old cardboard - it's a marvellous thing, isn't it?

    A lovely lantern. I'm very impressed.

  2. Wat een prachtige lantaarn. Bedankt voor de uitleg.

    Groeten Xandra

  3. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Drora

  4. Hi Eliza, this a great lantern. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings, Ilona

  5. The lantern looks great Eliza and the ageing is perfect, looks like it is quite a few years since anybody touched it.

  6. Hello Eliza,
    The lantern itself is just ebautiful and very well done. The finish is great. i will look for that and try it out.
    Big hug,

  7. Your lantern looks great Eliza! I'm so glad to have found your blog. Now I'm off to look at your past posts. Have a great weekend!

  8. You are very clever with paper Eliza. The lantern is lovely.

  9. Beautiful lanterns! The antique brass effect perfect!

  10. I have to try the finish one day I really like it. Your lantern is awful cute. :-)

  11. Lovely, little lantern! I have to try to do something like that by myself. Well done!
    Besides - I admire all your works :-)