When I saw this skeleton cameo, I immediately thought of my friend Penny – she’s the only person I know who loves Halloween more than I do! I found a setting for the cameo that I thought was a good fit and put the brooch together – but it needed a box. I wanted the box to look kind of decrepit, like it had been sitting in the rafters of an old barn for a few decades.
For this project you will need:
- 1 wood or balsa wood box
- dark acrylic paint
- a lighter, contrasting acrylic paint
- white school glue (cheap generic glue works best)
- a one inch sponge brush
I began with this wood box I found in my studio. I removed the hardware and gave it two coats of acrylic paint in a warm black.
I waited an hour for the paint to thoroughly dry, and applied a thick coat of white school glue. Let the glue sit until it’s tacky/sticky, then brush on your second acrylic color – it’s important that you brush this coat on in one direction.
You can see the surface beginning to crack!
The finished product!