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As promised, here are a few of the things that I have been busy with. On the run up to the festive season, my studio is chockablock with items in various stages of completion. In the run up to Yule I completed in excess of 40 decorated boxes to be given as seasonal gifts. I was not able to photograph all of them, but I did get manage to photograph around half of them, and the first six are included here.

Purple Butterfly Box by Harrisons-ForgeVintage Jewellery Box by Harrisons-Forge
Purple Butterfly Box, Vintage Jewellery Box

Purple Butterfly Box was created to a specific brief from the client. I was given the colour and a photo of a tattoo to base a design on. The tattoo was of a butterfly, so I copied this in two different sizes and painted them with gouche to match the photo. The larger ones were varnished to strengthen the paper and protect the paintwork. The outside of the box was painted with a simple swirl pattern which was embellished with purple flat back pearls and clear plastic raindrops. The paper on the inside of the box was a perfect match for the paint and carried on the swirly theme. Vintage Jewellery Box was one of the first boxes I made last year.  I wanted to make a jewellery box for my mother and she loves vintage, amongst other things. I wanted to use the chipboard pieces and the pinks were picked up and used on the interior. I have used a mixture of papers, fabric, felt card and ribbon as well as flat back pearls and decorated paper flowers. 

Maria by Harrisons-ForgePadded Chinese Box by Harrisons-Forge
Maria, Padded Chinese Box

Maria was created for my best friend and was named for her. When I first spotted the blue paper I thought of her and put it to one side. I wanted her to have something with a hint of luxury as she has had a bit of a tough time recently. THe interior was painted with several layers of gold paint to give it a deep lustre and I allowed the paint to overlap the edges, sealing the paper and giving it a slightly distressed look. I decorated the top with paper flowers and small crystal gems. Padded chinese box was one of my favourite boxes, probably because of its simplicity. Starting with a card box and adding several layers of metallic paint, it gave the box a lovely depth of colour. The top was lightly padded before covering the centre section with fabric to match the base. I added a small resin lotus to complete the top of the box and painted it gold to match the 'cartouches'.

Green Butterfly Box by Harrisons-ForgeVintage Padded Trinket Box by Harrisons-Forge
Green Butterfly Box, Vintage Padded Trinket Box

Green butterfly box... This small wooden box was covered with a thinned layer of paint to act as a stain so that the grain of the wood showed through.  I used one of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps to decorate the base of the box and a small butterfly stamp used to create a flurry of butterflies around the top and on the lid. The small butterflies were coloured with a metalic marker before adding the larger butterflies. The stamped images were further defined with a permanent fineliner. The inside of the box was stained to match the outside and a felt backing put in the lid to neaten the plastic which forms the window. Vintage padded trinket box was created from a card box, the base of which was covered with a vintage style paper and the lid by a coordinating floral fabric. The centre of the lid was lightly padded and ribbon roses and off white flat back pearls used to embellish.

More to follow as I get things scanned and photos edited :) If you have any questions, don't be shy...leave us a comment or drop us a note :D
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Harrisons Forge
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United Kingdom
We are a mother and daughter collaborative team who create a variety of work from fine art and photography through to jewellery and other crafts. We work both individually and together depending on the project. We are inspired by our local environment, festival culture, local traditions, mythology and music.


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wiebkerost Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015   General Artist
Thanks for the fave on
Traces by wiebkerost :) (Smile)
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're Welcome ;)
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconlazywaveplz:  Just stopped by to say Hi!  :iconlazywaveplz:
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi there...I am a bit on the quiet side at the holidays have just started so I have a house full of kids ;)
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
hi! :wave:
i sent your ATC today!
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist

I'll try and get yours posted this weekend ;)
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
cool!! can't wait to get it. :tribblela: 
calikal Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for faving The Rule of Tree!!Hug Love 
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
SMBaird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much for the Watch. :)
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