Sep 6, 2013, 2:10 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Beautiful boxes! I love the Cultist-box.
Sep 6, 2013, 9:37 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Thank you Sir! it started out as my favorite as well but then i made the museum box and it took its place.
Sep 6, 2013, 11:01 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
I too love the cultist box. Am I mistaken or do I see cove molding?
Sep 6, 2013, 11:16 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Haha, you are correct! I tried bending myself but it was a way out of my skill range. I do want to try it at some point though.
Thanks for the kind words, I'm going to post some pics of the build later tonight if you fancy taking a gander later.
Sep 6, 2013, 11:23 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Ok that is brilliant and given the range of awesome and ornate cove/crown moldings and how cheap a mitre box is, the options are vast.
Sep 6, 2013, 8:52 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Awesome work Ken! I spotted your plug on Propnomicon's site. I'm a backer! I'd love to see any of the build process with the prototype or the lot of them as the project unfolds.
Sep 7, 2013, 2:36 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
I like the hinges on this things as well! Makes it look very high-end but still old.
Sep 7, 2013, 3:03 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
great interpretation - I love the result
Sep 7, 2013, 10:28 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Now I'm imagining that box in a little antique store (sort of like the one at the start of Gremlins)... someone comes in and is drawn to it... thus the new TV series based on HP Lovecraft's works could begin (hey I can dream can't I).
Absolutely brilliant work, really really really love that box and the velvet is a lovely touch. The idol just looks perfect with it... It reminds me of the Tested Video with Adam Savage when he talks about his props telling a story... I believe you have done that perfectly here... Bravo!
Sep 7, 2013, 5:40 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Did you use a mitre box?
Sep 7, 2013, 7:33 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
hushukyo, thats a hell of an entrance man! Good to have you here, nice work.
Sep 7, 2013, 9:35 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Hey Guys I thought i would share the museum box build tonight.
First I want to say @Chaank thank you, that's a great welcome! it's awesome to know someone likes your creations, esp with how much talent is in these forums.
@blennus that's a pretty awesome compliment as well. i love watching tested and i actually watched the box weathering video before I started delving into my own experiment techniques. SO thank you! A lovecraft show would be the bee's knees, especially if they used my box!
@Stefan Jones thank you sir!
@TheShinyOne those friging hinges man were the hardest part i think. I ended up doing three tests on scrap wood to try and get it right. I thought I would just plop them onto the box, oh foolish foolish me.
My museum box was an after thought. something that came up from a conversation with my sister who is an archeologist. which is great for me because i can show her stuff and she will tell me if it looks like crap or not! I started by looking around the net for museum archive boxes but nothing i found fit the look i was going for so i went with an old shipping crate feel. At least it would be fun, and again my overriding factor on everything on this project was it was something I wanted but couldn't find myself.
The box itself was fairly simple to construct, especially after that cultist box. again i used gorilla glue. I'll use that glue for everything now, its bloody amazing. It's constructed from Basewood that i picked up from Michael's, but I've gotten a lot of orders for the museum box that ill need to pick it up from a wholesale place to keep it cost effective.
I meant to take pictures during the box building but forgot, i was designing the university logo and museum labels at the same time. Here's all the different variations
I actually had to relearn cursive writing to fill out all the labels.
then there were various aging tests with teas and coffees...
Michaels actually had some really cheap wooden boxes for me to weather test on, which was great to try and get a technique down.
in the end i used apple vinegar with a steelwool brush disolved in it over a 24 hour period. i had a spray mister and a brush and applied it to get the aging right for the wood and paper. i bought some charcols and ground them up, various colors in reds and whites and blacks for dust and such but the biggest thing i discovered by accident was the black mold!
it was an amazing moment of serendipity, I was testing out instant coffee to see what would happen if i drizzled it onto the wet box and it mixed with the vinegar wash and blackened up into a thick goo mold type thing. it blew my mind! needless to say i went a little overboard with it on some of the paper tests and had to tone it down for the practice application.
and that was that. grabbed some straw for packing the idol in the box, gave it the same steel wool vinegar wash and bam it was done and now its my favorite box!
Sep 7, 2013, 9:52 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
I love the look vinegar and steel wool dissolved gives woods. I just have to air out my projects I use it on,hehe. The black mold looks awesome, it's like the contents of the box are corrupting anything that's near it.
Sep 7, 2013, 10:08 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Yea it was such an awesome accident! I know what you mean about that smell. i think i can still smell it.
Sorry Koipond i meant to say that we actually have a miter saw from when we did our own molding for the house so that was really convenient. of course i went through a ton of wood trying to find the proper angle
Sep 7, 2013, 11:45 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
I'm glad I could help inspire such an awesome project!
I really love your angled/curved box. Great non-euclidean design.
How tall is your statue? There nothing in the photos for size reference.
Sep 8, 2013, 9:08 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
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Sep 8, 2013, 7:42 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Thanks Nick, that's reAly wonderful to hear from the guy who inspired you! My idol is 6" tall. The cultist box is about 12" x 8" x 4.5" I'm still drooling over you idol and museum base! Is there an ETA on when it will be available?
Thank you very much Rob! Love your sig by the way!
Sep 8, 2013, 8:42 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
No hard Eta just yet but the stars are definitely starting to align for the project. Stay tuned.
Sep 8, 2013, 11:09 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Instant coffee can be a lot of fun. A couple grounds on wet paper can make black fly spots or dry handfuls laid in careful patterns on a dry surface then misted with water leaves the coolest water spot effects.
Sep 9, 2013, 8:32 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Sep 9, 2013, 10:03 AM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
This weekend I went to a Steampunk exhibit at my local museum and they had a Nautilus themed sitting area. I was surprised how effectively they pulled it off with very little work and money.
Sep 9, 2013, 3:37 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Nick! Ill be watching and waiting and no doubt learning from your project!
Robert, that is awesome! Got pictures?
Koipond, Steampunk museum exhibit? Where?!?
Sep 9, 2013, 8:18 PM - Re: Cthulhu Idol and Museum box
Lots O pictures over at NautilusSubmarine.com
...also interested in the sitting room...where was it? Though don't want to pull your thread too far off course!
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