Saturday, November 23

Follow the Treasure Map to Success! AMAZING Nautical Theme Container Tutorial by Lonnie Sexton


  • Plain Metal Packaging Container w/ lid.
  • 100lb Letterhead paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Accent Medallions – Lock, Key and Compass
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Xacto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Scale

  1. Create Primary Object - Decorations
  2. Prepare the Part for Clear Coating
  3. Make the Putty Ring
  4. Clear Coating and Lid Fill
  5. Mold extra parts
  6. Prepare inside for clear casting
  7. Clear Cast fill
  8. Final

This kind of project is not really my style, but I was asked by a VIP to assist so I couldn’t say no to a challenge. I’ve also wanted to use Amazing Clear Cast Resin as a hard coating and this was a good project to experiment. The VIP had a two-sided metal compass and key medallion to start with. The compass came with a journey poem. Perfect for a nautical theme!

First, I made a one-sided Amazing Casting Resin version of the compass. Using Alumilite Metallic Copper and Alumilite Silver Metallic Powders coating inside the mold. While it was still a little soft, I curved the casting to fit the metal container.

I also needed a lock to go with the key for the inside. I made a mold of a toy lock with Amazing Mold Putty. I coated the inside of the mold with Alumilite Silver Metallic Powder and used Amazing Casting Resin to make a one-sided version.

Next, using graphics software I imported a Treasure Map back ground and placed the text over it. The layout was created to wrap around the outside of the container. I also made a circular text layout of the poem to fit the inside of the lid. The VIP experimented with burn treatments until they got the right effect for both pieces.   

Using spray adhesive, attached the graphics wrap to the outside.

Glue the deco pieces to the lid and container wall with crystal clear all purpose glue. Let dry. I like the results I get from Loctite G02 Crystal Clear. It becomes invisible in Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

Mix equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty and create a ring, press the container lip into the ring and let cure. This putty ring is to protect the edge of the container where the lid attaches. Nothing can be interfere this area or the lid will not connect.

Mix equal parts of Amazing Clear Cast Resin and coat the container. Let run off and onto the wax paper. Let Cure 10+ hours, before applying a 2nd, and/or 3rd coat (if needed).

Fill the Back of the lid. Let Cure 24+ hours.
Be careful not to overfill or the lid will not fit on the container.

Fill the front of the lid. Let Cure 24+ hours.

Glue the accent parts inside on bottom of the container.

Mix Amazing Clear Cast Resin and fill the bottom just enough to cover all the parts.
Cover the casting to avoid any dust particles curing on the surface.

Let cure for 24+ hours.

It's always a little nerve racking to experiment with a permanent product, but I like the results of hard-coating and encasing with Amazing Clear Cast Resin.
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~ Lonnie Sexton


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  1. Lonnie - you continue to surprise and amaze me. How wonderful of you to create this special keepsake for your VIP... they will certainly cherish this.

  2. Thank you. I like the way in came out. Hope the VIP (my daughter) does too! :)


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