Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Belinda Basson DT - Stamperia - Cog Bookends

 Hello Friends

My Belinda Basson Design Team project for Stamperia this month is a set of steampunk cog book ends which are very grungy.  I think it shows the real versatility of Belinda's beautiful moulds in that they can be used to create 3D projects.  All of the Stamperia products I used are listed at the end of this post.

I started by creating the cogs, using quick setting white Resin and Belinda's large cog mould.  Once the cogs were released from the mould they were painted with black gesso.  I find the gesso works better if you do this stage as soon as possible after de-moulding.  I made four of the large cogs and glued them back to back to create the two large 3D cogs, this was not necessary for the smaller cogs as they were going to be layered up individually.

Next, I used a combination of paints to colour the various cogs before applying Stamperia's Mix Media Art Rust Effect paste and reagent.  The rust effect takes 24 hours to 'cure' but it comes out beautifully textured and rusty!  The rust covered up some of the paint colour and so I used the Stamperia Turquoise Paint (KAL25) to create a patina look in small random areas.

The final step was to layer the cogs up to create my dimensional piece.  I used my glue gun to attach the pieces to the finished bookend bases.
I purchased the bookends on line, they are very sturdy and came unfinished.  I started by applying Stamperia Black Paint to the bases and then I applied Stamperia's gorgeous Transparent Crackle Paste and left this overnight, just to ensure the crackle was completely dry.
Once the crackle was dry (left of photo), I applied Stamperia Cerantica Rame Metallico (Copper) using a soft brush and getting it into all the little nooks and crannies.  I left it to dry for a short time and then I wiped over the whole bookend to remove any extra wax.  There is such a lovely sheen....
I just love these cog chippies by Stamperia and I thought they would finish the bookends off beautifully.  I dabbed Black and Brick Red Stamperia paints over the chippies to give a rusty look (I did not use the grey paint in the end).  Once dry I added the chippies to the book ends.
The final step was to add the chippies to the book ends.  The picture below shows the lovely crackle on the bookends and the beautifully rusty cogs!

Stamperia Products Used:

Stamperia Mould - K3PTA482
Stamperia Mould - K3PTA488
Stamperia Paint - Black KAL03
       Stamperia Paint - Brick Red KAL20
Stamperia Paint - Earth Brown KAL40
Stamperia Paint - Turquoise KAL25
Stamperia Crackle Paste - Transparent K3P50
Stamperia Decorative Chips - SCB37
Stamperia Centrica Metallic Copper - K3P15R
Stamperia Rust Effect Kit - KE41M

I am so pleased with the way the bookends turned out and they are now happily sitting on a 
bookcase in my craft room.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it and I look
forward to seeing you again soon.

Take care,  Anne xxx


  1. Anne, they are wonderful! It was lovely to read how you had made them and the products you used. I and not surprised they are in use, they need to be looked at. Axxx

  2. These are absolutely amazing Anne. It's so hard to believe that they are not made of metal and at least a hundred years old! You really know how to make these Stamperia products work for you. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

  3. Oh my, Anne - these bookends are FANTASTIC! Your colors/textures are amazingly realistic - so amazing! I am ready to jump into resin, having seen this and your previous make with these moulds.
    Although I've not been posting (because not making), I have been following you, and am so happy to hear your health issues appear to have resolved and you are back home. I think I am finally getting past my hip surgery, and feeling a bit more social - apologies for not commenting for so long! Hugs, Lynn

  4. Anne you amaze me yet again, your book ends look like they have been part of the home for decades. Put together with thought and detail, we'd have thought those cogs were found pieces rusted over time if you had not shown us how they came to be. Glueing the cogs together really creates dimension and your technique on rusting is so clever they become alive..
    An outstanding and useful display Anne which will be another little talking point in your home, what a treasure.
    Thank you as always for the inspiration my friend, you make me want to go get rusting right now.. Hugs Tracey xx

  5. Fabulous Anne. I love your design and the brilliant painting of the pieces to create that rusty effect. Looks good and usful too - what's not to like!! Take Care, Elaine xx

  6. Beautiful. I love it so much. Happy evening.

  7. It's hard to believe those cogs were not found inside a thousand-year-old castle deep in the cellar, Annie! What an immense feeling of satisfaction you must get from creating something outstanding like this. The crackle and patina on the bookends is fabulous and I love how you added the chippies for even more interest! (And I'm intrigued by that decimal percentage reckoner book!) Hugs, Darnell xoxo

  8. Ooh Anne, these look like genuine antiquities! Your talent for 3D is amazing. They look awesome on your shelf. Absolute treasure! Much like yourself my friend. Take care. Hugs xxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Dearest Anne, I always find your designs so inspiring. These book ends are amazing, thanks so much for sharing how you created them….much love and hugs xx❤️

  10. Grunge at its very very best! Amazing creativity as always Anne, everything has been transformed to perfection. Nicola xx

  11. Grunge at its very very best! Amazing creativity as always Anne, everything has been transformed to perfection. Nicola xx


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