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« on: December 18, 2008 01:17:39 AM »

Hey there,

What you are about to see is a total experiment. I really like the duality of matchsticks; the change from bright to dark, from potential to exhaustion. So I thought I'd try to do a couple of resin pieces with match heads in them. Apologies for the awful photography. I wanted to put this up asap, and so I couldn't wait for natural light.

I'm not sure that having different looking cufflinks in a set actually works. Is this the case? Also, while the red heads are clearly distinct, the burnt ones blur. Not sure how to solve this.

As you maybe can see, this is currently just held together with blue tack. You could put a plate in between them that has a hook at the top, or maybe you could drill. From head on, you can't see the other side's colour, and I like that you could just flip the pendant to change it.

Thoughts? Have I put too many matches in, thus blurring them a bit?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008 10:05:56 AM »

I like these - I thnk they have GREAT potential !  I love the burned out ones. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008 08:50:09 AM »

I think these are neat but I agree that the set of cuff links doesn't really work with two different colors.

I think the burnt matches may be blurring because the glass powder in the end of the match isn't being bound together by the sulphur anymore, since the sulphur has burnt, and thus the remnants crumble apart.

In the unburnt matches, though, the red part is still bound together by the unburnt sulphur.

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008 08:36:36 PM »

Hmm maybe you could coat the burnt match heads in a glaze of some kind (like a polymer clay glaze? They can be fairly cheap I think) before you put them in the resin. That way they wont come apart because the glaze would be holding them on. In theory of course xD
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011 07:58:14 PM »

where did you get the cufflink findings>?

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011 11:01:10 AM »


To keep the burnt match heads compact and distinct, you could try gently dipping each of them into the resin, or into polyurethane or other gloss finishes, and let dry or cure depending on which you use.  Then you could put them into the mold with resin.

Putting both kinds of matchheads in one piece might go with your duality theme too...perhaps even with some kind of pattern in mind?
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