Monday 19 June 2017

And Now for Something Completely Different.....

A collection of oddments.
When I still lived in Christchurch, I was asked to help make some props by a local tourist attraction that could be used to help create a certain late 19th Century / early 20th Century atmosphere for one of their displays. The project was quite fun and was well received by the attraction.

Old bottles with  labels and contents added.
 From memory the items were to viewed through a window that allowed the viewer to peer into a dimly lit room.  As such, they only needed to give an impression, rather than provide an accurate  reproduction of actual items.

More old bottles and a repainted Altoids tin.
 The labels were in the main sourced via various sites on the web, and were printed out and given a wash of  various strengths of cheap black coffee. Many of the labels were chosen for  how well they would look on the item, rather than if the item would be found in an explorer's cabin.

The tin on the bottom right has yet to receive a wash of coffee.

Tinned goods were made by putting printed labels made in MS Word over various empty and full tins, that had the ends painted rusty brown, and then given a wash of coffee.


  1. The Lyttelton Times would have been a good source of information on this sort of thing. Those pics sure look the part, though, eh?

    1. Thanks Ion!
      I had a great deal of fun making these, and trawled through quite a number of different sources. I managed to find a number of online archives of various labels that I culled things from.

  2. Fascinating stuff Uncle B! And nicely executed! I can see those tins in Scott's cabin!


    1. Thanks Hugh!,
      And funny you said that, as it did go into a display that was a replica of an Antarctic explorer's hut.

      I am very pleased at how they turned out:)