Angel Altered Tin

Hello and welcome to the new year! I hope everone had lovely holidays filled with love and warmth. I know I had. Our family is sort of starting a tradition. Each year we will give each other one handmade gift, along with the bought one(s). Next few posts I will be showing you some of my handmade holiday gifts!


The first one I want to share is the altered tin I made for my mum. She loves angels and wants to put up a little angel altar in her bedroom. When she saw the Mermaid Altered Tin I made for my friend Flava, she hinted {not so subtly} that she would love an angel themed one, so that’s what I did!


I covered the lid of the tin in white pearl fimo and used a stamp roller to get the reliëf of the leaves. The wing was made with the same colour clay, then I added the swirls and tiny feathers in pure white and pastel blue. This was my first time attempting something like this, so I’m quite proud of how it turned out.


My mum has a pinterest board filled with angels, so I borrowed some of the styles she liked and drew this angel. I wanted to make it look a bit like stained glass, so I added minimum shadows but used a bunch of muted blue tones. Again coloured with letraset markers of course.


This quote is from Mary Jac, which I found through the google machine. I’m playing around with hand lettering so this was an awesome opportunity to practice! First I drew a muted rainbow in the background and stamped a few feathers with light blue ink. Then I added the lettering.


The stone is a blue agate, which I painted on with acrylics. I blended a very soft purple and green with white to get the colours in the wings. The lines were added later with a Staedtler fineliner.


Last, but certainly not least, a small prayer chain. The ‘skirt’ of the angel is made with acrylic flower beads while her head is genuine rosequarts. The little heart shaped pendant is the same one I tried to draw inside the tin.

She absolutely loved it and I loved making it! These little altar/altared tins are so much fun and so relaxing.

Well, my pretties, I will see you soon with more handmade holiday stuff!


Mermaid Altered Tin


Last post I talked about the little Goddesses we were making for our travel altars. The Mermaidgoddess didn’t come out as I had wanted her for my Nehalennia altar, so I decided to make something else fun with her! My good friend Nikki is secretly a mermaid in disguise, so to surprise her I wanted to make a little tin ‘shrine’ for her.


I started with the inside, glueing the mirror pendant on an ATC background and fixing that to the inside of the tin. I then wrote the text which says ‘I see and honor the Beauty, Kindness & Joy others see in me’. If she’s anything like me, and she is, she needs to remind herself of that every once in a while. On the other side I used a Sizzix die to cut out the shells. The bubbles are made with a pearl pen and the little beach is real sand with tiny shells and pearl beads.


The front was first covered with washi tape. I embossed cardstock covered with metal tape to make the scales, which I then coloured with my trusty flexmarkers in blues and greens. The mermaid is a drawing I made especially for this project, digitized, re-scaled and coloured with flexmarkers. The little moon is also made with the pearl pen and gives a nice shimmer.


I wanted to make a tiny offering bowl to go with the shrine, so I painted the inside of a shell with silver paint and added rhinestones and shells to make it pretty!


When I added the little beach on the inside, I was afraid the Goddess wouldn’t fit anymore, but everything fit perfectly!


She absolutely loved it! I gave it to her the day we went to the Kreadoe, the biggest arts-and-crafts fair of the Netherlands. We had a blast and I bought a bunch of awesome things that I can’t wait to make new stuff from!

This was the first time for me making an altered tin like this, but I loved it! I already have a pretty good idea for the next one, so stay tuned!!

Travel Altar: the Goddess

So me and my merry circle of pagans decided we wanted to make a small travel altar we could take with us on holidays and the like. Over the next months we’ll be working on it, making all the different components by hand, and decorating the old cigar boxes we’re going to use to put everything in. It’s also a great excuse to try a bunch of different techniques and make a lot of pretty pagan stuff!

This week we made our small Goddesses out of polymer clay (fimo). We actually started last time, but since one of our circlesisters was absent, we decided to do it all over again. Besides, you can never have enough Goddesses, right?


This is the Goddess I made last week. She was supposed to be Nehallenia, the North Sea Goddess, but I found Her colours way too vibrant for our muddy sea ;). So I turned Her into a mermaid Goddess instead. The scales were made with a fondant sculpting tool {which work awesomely for clay as well!} and the crown is a tiny real shell and glass seed beads. I have big plans for this little beauty, but it’s a surprise!


Meet the Moonmother, She is the night sky personified. I made her with four tints of clay, after which I used silver and anthracite to make Her little moonbelly. When She was cooled I used white paint to paint little dots and stars all over and added silver into the little moon upon Her brow. She is actually a lot smaller than the mermaid. This is the Goddess that I’m going to take with me in my travel altar. I absolutely LOVE how She turned out.


We had some time to spare, so we made another Goddess in a different design. This one sitting up with Her hands a bit more defined. Her lower half is a tiny offering bowl for flowers, gemstones and the like. This Goddess is made with silver glitter clay and the inside of the bowl is painted with a coat of shiny silver paint. Next time I’ll be making a tiny Golden God in the same way.

So there you have it, the start of our travel altar is here! I’ll be posting the stuff we make as we make them and hopefully inspire you to make your own. And to finish off a question: Should I make a tutorial on how to make the little Goddesses? Just let me know in the comments!