Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge – Week 9

This year is truly flying by, I swear I must be losing days in my sleep. Although, that would involve the baby actually letting me sleep..

It’s time again for the lovely Linda Ledbetter’s CC2C. As usual the challenge is to use one of Tim’s techniques shown in his 2nd compendium of curiosities book.

This weeks challenge is to use an Idea-ology Pocket Watch found on page 35. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp

I decided to do another photo frame this week, simply because my husband loves them and I needed a gift for fathers day!


I started out by being a bit naughty and smashing the glass out of the Pocket Watch. I then filled it following Tim’s instructions.


I took some floristry wire, painted it with Silver and Pitch Black Paint Dabbers, and once dry, curled them into tight spirals. I then used hot glue to affix Idea-Ology mini Gears and game spinners. I then used hot glue to glue them into the watch.

Next, I needed to recreate the glass I has smashed out so I poured a pile of UTTE onto my craft sheet and melted it using my Heat Tool.


Once set, but still warm, I trimmed it into a tough ouch circle approximately the size of the watch and let it cool completely.


Once completely cooled, I shattered it into shards and hot glued it onto the inner edges of the watch.


I took a large scrap of paper from Tim’s Lost and Found stash (I think!) and affixed it into my frame. The frame was originally a faux gold but I painted it with Pitch Black and Silver Paint Dabbers. I then dabbed Tim’s Ransom Letters with Silver Paint Dabber and glued the words ‘Tick Tick’ onto the paper insert.

I used hot glue to glue the Watch and Key Chain into the frame.


I then glued the word ‘Boom!’ into the frame. I’m not sure exactly what I used to create these, as they were just in my stash, but I expect it was Platinum UTEE onto Grunge, with a coat of clear UTEE.

Finally I hot glued the remaining ‘glass’ shards around the frame to simulate the exploding watch.


My husband adores it, and it currently resides on his desk in his office at work.





6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Florence
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 08:32:09

    Stunning project.
    Regards Florence.


  2. Linda, the funkie junkie
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 14:44:31

    Wow, this is totally fabulous. Love your take on the challenge and you did an amazing job executing your vision. Kudos on that shattered glass – love the whole approach – BOOM!


  3. Ali H
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 18:41:51

    Hi Zoe
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday – love your project – really innovative !! I always cheer if my husband likes something I have done – so here’s a cheer for you too !! Ali #51


  4. may
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 20:37:39

    Let me pick my jaw up from the floor!! Simply Brillant.. love it.. Hugs May x x x


  5. Shoshi
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 14:41:40

    Oooh I LOVE this!! I’m not surprised your hubby loves it. I think you were very clever to recreate the broken glass using UTEE. It looks utterly realistic! It’s such a brilliant piece altogether! Well done, well done!



  6. Claire
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 09:58:55

    wow!! this is amazing!! i really must get compendium 2… i’ve been catching up slowly and enjoying what folk have posted since wednesday 🙂
    thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment!


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