This was for the Matchbox Swap, Round 5. My partner was Wulf
, who appreciates Steampunk.
I used an easel style for the top, also found on many of my greeting cards. I put so much time into cards and really like how the style says "display me!". I think it lends itself rather well to an itty bitty matchbox.
Here's a closeup of the top gears and such.
The Fairy Gent lays flat for transport or storage and stands up with the help of the metal arrow.
The monocle is made from a short length of chain and a jump ring. I poured a bit of Glossy Accents in the ring to create a glassy effect. The chain is attached to his coat with a single strand of gold embroidery thread.
The black and gold paper is this oh-so-cool Japanese washi paper I found at a trade show. The gold lining inside the drawer is re-purposed envelope liner from a Christmas card. The black decorative bits on each side are there as grips to help pull the snug drawer out (and keep from squishing the back end).
I painted the drawer and inside of the matchbox with black acrylic paint and then covered the whole drawer in washi paper. After it all dried I realized the acrylic paint on the very edges of the drawer dragged against the paint on the inside of the box. I was able to smooth it out with a little wax paper rubbin', but there was definitely a lesson learned!
Thanks so much for looking!