TransylvanyArt Secret Compartment Jewelry Boxes Puzzle Box Treasure Chest

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Etsy shop TransylvanyArt  : Handcrafted Jewelry Boxes From Romania

Artists Zsuzsanna and Istvan Bondi,  from Banffyhunyad, Romaniia have opened an Etsy shop that caters to handcrafted wooden jewelry boxes in old world traditions!   Their town is  actually part of Transylvania (Dracula’s country!)  What’s better than a lovely wooden treasure box with a secret compartment that anyone would be privileged to own? The prices are wonderful and shipping is not as bad as you may think, free over $100!  Above, adorable trinket jewelry box above, on sale for around $30, plus shipping charges.   You can order them in different colors, from red to blue and green! However, even some come with carved wording or lettering to give an extra special touch.  These are simply stunning, the moving parts make them one of a kind and unique!

red jewslry box from Translylvania

These are regularly $38 but often on sale, click here to see current pricing.

Custom inscriptions are available.

Check with them for inscriptions.

Puzzle Boxes  by TransylvanyArt

Often called ” puzzle boxes”, these boxes are fun to tinker with and will store your treasure, games, or special stash!  What’s puzzling about this box is it takes seven steps to unlock/access/re-lock as shown in this video here in their Etsy about section. It’s simply stunning, you have to remove secret panels to get to the key and keyhole, and then slide the panels on the box a certain way. This is definitely something from another place, another time and simply cool to own or buy for your loved one. These remind me of something I would see in an ancient movie, the old ways brought back to life thanks to Etsy connecting sellers from all over the world. Simply amazing!

Hungarian Puzzle Box , Secret Compartment Box

The puzzle boxes come in a range of sizes.  Free Shipping over $100.  

Editors’s Pick: The Book Box

 

Secret Handcrafted Book Safe , Book Box , Secret Hiding Box from TransylvanyArt

The Book Box is only $29 TransylvanyArt

The brain teaser book box is my favorite. Great for hiding money or jewelry, you can sneak your secrets inside, and have fun opening it.   It takes a few flips and turns to open it, and it will keep your guests guessing! Only $29 in your choice of colors make a great gift idea!

A puzzle indeed , a book safe (box) from TransylvanyArt

You can also connect with them on: Facebook ,  Twitter, and Instagram

 


DIY Vintage Look Wall Clock Regular or Paris Style with Artistic Stencils

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Artistic Stencil Designs : Clock face @ArtisticStencils on Etsy or ArtisticStencilDesigns.com

Now making your own wall clock is simply and easy , and we will show you how.

What you will need: 

  • Old piece of wood or planks cut in square size for clock backboard –  see step 1 below for sizing.
  • Sandpaper
  • 2-3 Colors Paint, one black for the clock face, the other for the backboard and one for shabby background effects. For this project you can stick to white and black, and mix some light grey from the two colors.
  • Artistic Stencils Clock Face – follow your measurements above for sizing.
  • Set of clock hands clock movement Mechanism – sizing requirements below.
  • Tools as needed to cut the plank board, and drill a hole for the clock face.
  • Clock Battery as specified by Clock Mechanism.

 

  1. Deciding on the space in your home decide if you want a large square from plywood which you can shabby up, or perhaps you can find a really great piece of old vintage wood tossed out. Part of an old cabinet door perhaps, or some old wood paneling or planking that has gone to waste.  If you are using multiple boards, obviously they will need to be glued together and reinforced from behind ahead of time,  but for this project keep it simple and try to find a nice square to start with.  For sizing, the ArtisticStencils clock faces come in various sizes.  Choose a size and cut your board at least 4″ larger on all sides.  For example, this Paris Clock below starts at 10×10 but also goes to 20×20.  If you choose the 10×10 you will need at least a 14×14 board to center the clock on.   Note : Attaching optional hanger to the back later is up to you . This clock is meant to lean up against something, like a mantle.

Parisian Clock Stencil from ArtisticStencils

Parisian Clock from Artistic Stencils

2.  After the wood is cut and ready for primer take some sandpaper and knock off any rough edges left from the saw cuts or any chipping paint that may be difficult to paint over. .  If you feel the surface is too rough you can sand it lightly, but the more shabby the look the better.

3. For now it’s time to paint the background of the board for the clock.  You will most likely want two coats unless you are using a good chalk paint like Annie Sloan, whose coverage seems to be pretty good.    Go swiftly with brush strokes and make it look shabby as you go.    After the first coat dries, you may wish to apply an offset strokes of highlights for a shabby effect. For this clock pictures above, the hues are white, grey shabby highlights and a black clock face.

4. After all that is dry you can gently hold your stencil in place and painting it with black to make the clock face.

5. After dry drill a hole in center and apply the clock mechanism with hands.

6. Add a battery to the clock and you should be ticking away.

TIPS:

This clock can lean up against something. You can always apply a chain or hanger to the back for hanging on the wall.

Alternatively, this would be the stencil as shown in the photograph above: 

Clock Face

Artistic Stencils Clock Face