Monday, August 13, 2012

Vintage Victorian Specimen Collection - Part IV

Today it's time to finish off our Egg Victorian Specimen Collection!!

If you remember, we left off letting the embellished game board dry.

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Now that the board has had a chance to dry it's time to distress it a bit....after all, this is a "vintage" specimen collection.

To do so I took some masking tape and stuck it down along the edges ...

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then peeled it up quickly.  This will pull up some of the text while leaving other areas intact. 
 Just the look you're going for!

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Now it's time to ink it up....
Use your favorite color of brown ink to really give it that aged feel.

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And here's what it looks like at this point...

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Now begin adhering the eggs to the board.
Since the eggs are dimensional and delicate looking I only add glue to the very edges that will actually touch the board.  You can see the glue placement below....

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Continue adding eggs to the board as desired ~ While you are adding the eggs, you can also add a "specimen title" if desired.  I used a vintage Dennison red label for my title and I have also added another vintage Dennison "fragile" label as well just for the fun of it.

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After you have all of your eggs glued down it's time to add a number under each "specimen"...after all, you will need to be able to identify the individual specimens later on.

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I then added a couple brass corner pieces...

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And a hanger!

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Here is a close up of the specimen board....

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Tomorrow I'll share a few more details on how to take this basic idea and turn it into a butterfly specimen collection!

Hope to see you then!


  1. Love how it turned out! thank you for all the tutorials.

  2. WOW, this looks stunning! I love the colours and the background, real beautiful!
    Greetings, Yvon

  3. Wow! Looks so cool! Can't wait to make one!

  4. Another masterpiece, Roni! I absolutely love the detail.

  5. This is a fabulous project, and I learned a lot. Beautiful!


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