Over the past couple of evenings I finished the tramp art sewing box that I have been working on lately. I had pretty much finished the woodworking part in my last post. Now it was time for the finish work. I try to start out with a color or shade that is a good bit lighter that where I will end up.
At the layers build I take a heat gun to the piece and try to bubble up and crack the finish. I also add stain every so often. The number of layers really depends of how it looks as I go. At some point it will either seem right, or get kicked around the shop and burned. This is what it looked like near the end of the finishing process.
We had some faded yellow wool that I used to sew up the pincushion. I am not sure if the antique versions had removable cushions or not. I like the idea of being able to switch it out with something new later on if I want to.
I sometimes through in an odd color to mix things up. Have you ever picked up an old painted piece and noticed it had once been painted some now horrible color? I have seen twig stools painted with what looks like aluminum roof paint. I suppose that looked good to someone back through the years. I'm sure that years from now someone will pick up something that I painted and say "what the hell was he thinking using these colors?" I like to add an odd color in that might peek through the upper layers just a little. But not on this piece.
In the end this is what I came out with. It is about 8.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches tall. The opens to reveal the removable wood tray. The pegs on top will hold smallish spools of thread. There wasn't room to allow for large spools. The next few pictures show the finished tramp art sewing box. I listed it in my Etsy store this morning.