Curiosity Cabinet

Today I am sharing a miniature display of curiosities I made from a GSL 6 x 6 Shadowbox. I’ve always been fascinated by curiosity cabinets and was inspired to fashion something in miniature that’s a nod to them. 

Here’s the box laid out. It has a large area on top and three smaller cubbies below. I assembled it using a bit of tacky glue.

Once the glue dried, I painted the front edges of the box and the walls of the small cubbies with brown acrylic paint. The paper I chose for the background is 7 Gypsies Sirene paper.

The little egg collection is made from scraps of polymer clay. They are displayed in a GSL Mini Cigar Box which is available over at Alpha Stamps. 

I painted it off white and glued the baked poly clay eggs in place. On the left side is something I’ve wanted to use in a project for a long time. My husband and I have kept bees on and off over the years. When you buy a package of bees it comes with a queen trapped inside a queen cage that is sealed with a sugar plug. Her worker bee attendants will eat through the sugar to release her into the hive. I removed the screen from the queen cage to use it as a mineral display case. 

The outside of the cage was pretty rough so I covered the top and sides with a wood grained scrapbook paper. I chose a few polished minerals to tuck inside. Also included in the top section are some printed images of curiosity collections, resin animal skull flatback cameos, small seashells and tiny treasures. The butterfly specimens are mounted on a craft wood frame. A guinea hen feather is tucked into a shark vertebrae I picked up on our travels. 

I had some shark teeth I picked up on the beach when I was a kid. I glued them onto a piece of craft stick painted off white.

 The lower cubbies display curiosities in little jars, miniature books, pearls & shells.

Thanks for stopping by!

GSL Products Used

6 x 6 Shadowbox

Mini Cigar Box Set

Other Supplies Used

Tacky glue

Acrylic paint

7 Gypsies Sirene paper

Printed images

Craft wood

Shells, shark teeth, pearls, tiny treasures

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