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microjivvy
« on: March 17, 2011 03:48:39 PM »



After spending many hours perusing past matchbox swaps here on Craftster, I started playing with different methods of decorating matchboxes (and having a grand time of it). Just on my own, for nothing more than my own amusement and maybe a post for my blog. 

But I was quadruple excited new a new matchbox swap has started: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375686.0

I'm crossing my fingers that my current/first swap completes before all the slots are gone!

And all of this matchbox talk got me all nostalgic for a matchbox of my past.

Six years ago, I participated in a "decorate a matchbox" challenge.  When the deadline for the challenge came, I submitted an unfinished piece (bad time management skills, I haz 'em).  That bright gray base? That's a base coat, not a finish coat.  And there was going to be a stair rail on on steps. And there were the dollhouse size (1/12) table legs I was going to attach to the base to give it its own fancy little stand.

I still haven't finished it.   I hear you thinking, "it's been six years, surely you have had time!?"

Yeppers, I've had the time. But there's one big problem.  Six years ago, right after the challenge ended, I was busy with another project. So I put the Brownstone away, planning to return to it.

I made sure to put it in a safe spot. A very safe spot.

I haven't seen it since.

I'm somewhat certain it's still in the house. Somewhat.

Six years later, I've given up on ever finishing it. But I admit that a part of me hopes that in giving up, I'll find it tomorrow (isn't that how these things work?). 

So maybe I haven't really given up.

But until I find it, here are the only* surviving remnants: pictures and what I wrote about it way back when..

*Actually, I still have the table legs for the base.  Waiting patiently in my supply cabinet and never ever used for another project. *sigh*




While the term "brownstone" has come to mean any of the row houses (or, more politely "townhouses") of the north eastern United States, brownstone is actually a type of sandstone that was used in the construction of some row houses.

I used Charles Lockwood's book, "Bricks & Brownstone" for inspiration and was delighted to find a 1940 photograph of one of the few Gothic Revival Brownstones remaining in NY -- No. 131 Hicks Street of Brooklyn Heights. It was the perfect subject. Large slabs of brownstone scale down much more easily than tiny bricks and I have a fondness for Gothic Revival pieces.

The brownstone exterior of the building is embossed brass. Once the brass was embossed, it was painted (four coats,  baked at 325°F between each coat) and openings for the windows and doors were cut out. [Note: I don't mention it in my notes, but I believe the window "glass" was acetate with the panes printed on it.] The brass was eventually glued to the exterior of the matchbox.

The brass does extend beyond the size of the matchbox (at the bottom) to give the illusion of a basement or underground level.

The stairs, window trim, cornice, and door are stained and/or painted basswood. [Note: cutting those window frames was the inspiration for the Paper Mitre Box.] In faithfulness to the design of the original house, the floors are not one uniform height.



The interior of the brownstone is built in the "slide box" of the matchbox and exposes only the above ground floors (the underground level was beyond the length of a standard matchbox). The slide box is placed in the brownstone exterior with furnished side facing the windows, providing a view of the interior before opening the box.

After spending hours trying to design a scale staircase that would allow room for actual living space, I finally decided that the new owners were quite wealthy, had an invalid aunt, and upgraded to an elevator. 



All of the furniture pieces are my own designs and are scratch built from basswood. Accessories were built from a cache of watch parts, micro beads, floral foam, silk, bits of styrene, and a hacked apart N-scale figurine (the bust in the second floor office).



As a bit of a lark, I decided to keep the original function of the matchbox. The open elevator doors on the third floor reveal a cache of matches that are accessible when the box is opened. The odd looking panel on the exterior of the base of the brownstone is actually the strike plate -- so matches may be lit.

[Note: And until I find it, that is all there is of my brownstone.]


(edited to correct stoopid grammatical typo)
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011 04:08:04 PM »

Wow, There is no way I knew that was a matchbox until I read the description! This ROCKS!  Nice detail.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2011 04:28:34 PM »

Love it! So awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011 04:34:50 PM »

So awesome! (like you don't know that already Smiley)
My eyes are hurting just THINKING about making something so small and time consuming! I tip my cat to you! (I have no hat on, but did have a cat on my lap, so I tipped her-  cat hat same thing!)
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011 04:37:59 PM »

You just made my jaw drop when I scrolled down far enough to see the interior. The interior!!! Shocked And I love the elevator -- a brilliant twist!

Now I think we're all hoping you are able to get into the upcoming matchbox swap!

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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2011 04:45:07 PM »

 ROCKS!   this is jaw dropping.  Wowzers!  I would have gone zonkers trying to work with stuff that small.
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2011 07:03:10 PM »

WOW.  This is so intricate,  I hope you find it.  Also, how is that UNFINISHED?
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011 08:42:16 PM »

Omg the adorable tiny-ness is killing me. I am actually impatiently awaiting an ebay delivery of miniatures (mostly 1/12 but a few 1/144) right now. Itty bitty things ftw!
Also, you must have teeny tools create such teeny furniture with. I wish I could see what the furniture looks like in progress! Cute overload!
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2011 11:15:20 PM »

Thanks, guys. 

Wulf, I really really want the mail-carrier-fairies to get Knickertwist's package to her in a timely manner, but they are a whimsical lot so I'm still crossing my fingers.

Coma, when in-progress, the furniture looks like tiny scraps of wood that got missed when cleaning up. 

Of course, without the benefit of photo enlargement, that's pretty much what they look like finished. Grin



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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2011 11:56:53 AM »

Wow -- I can't even imagine working with something so tiny! This is really brilliant!
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2011 02:10:30 PM »

This is so cool!  Shocked I love the interior a lot - you have excellent furniture building skills. I think it's lovely just as it is but I hope you're able to find it!
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2011 07:23:36 PM »

O. MG. This is a matchbox? The furniture, you built this? Gobsmacked. Good Maude.
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2011 10:54:13 PM »

Awwww so cute, great job and detail!
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2011 11:39:48 PM »

That is ridiculously awesome. I am speechless, I suwear!
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2011 06:37:06 PM »

Yep, it's a matchbox. Yep, I built the furniture. I swear. Cheesy

The hardest part about working that small is that a sneeze is like a hurricane. I can't tell you how many pieces of furniture I've lost by breathing too hard.  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2011 05:51:19 PM »

this is amazing and tiny Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2011 01:50:28 AM »

It's brilliant! That detail... Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2011 10:44:11 AM »

microjivvy, you are terribly amazing.

That is all.


Oh, but I still can't believe you're not a teeny tiny person!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2011 08:40:03 AM »

This still amazes me. I posted it on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2011 09:06:44 AM »

I have lots of tools with teeny tiny tips... and a great big magnifying visor.  Cheesy

Thanks so much for the FB posting, that rocks.  Wink



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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2011 03:47:34 PM »

Too beautiful for words....I love it!
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011 10:52:48 PM »

I love miniatures. It's been years since I've done any.

The most disturbing thing about this work is that it appears to be the small matchbox instead of the big one. I think I have a headache now.  Wink
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I love miniatures. It's been years since I've done any.

The most disturbing thing about this work is that it appears to be the small matchbox instead of the big one. I think I have a headache now.  Wink

I know right?! I thought I worked small but some of the people here just blow my mind!
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« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2012 06:52:44 AM »

That is really an amazing piece of work, I am still holding out hope that it re-appears one day!

Also, just want to say, that's actually 135 Hicks street, based on the placement of the door and stoop.  Thats only important to me because I lived there for a few years (starting in 1995 - those 4th floor windows were mine  Grin )

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« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2012 07:35:03 AM »

OMG -- thank you for the info on 131 vs 135. Of all the reference pics I have on my hard drive, I don't have the article I read on this piece that made me think it was 131. "Loss" must be the theme of this brownstone. That said,  I am thoroughly delighted to hear from someone who knows the building and can give me the proper address.

And I'm a wee bit jealous that you lived in this building.  Wink

And while I posted it in another thread, I thank you for bumping this old thread because it gives me the opportunity to give the good news here: after SEVEN long years, on July 22, 2012, the Brownstone Matchbox was found!

I was 99% certain that it had been accidentally tossed with some trash, never to be seen again.

Where did I find it? In the top drawer of the jeweler's bench where I work every day.  A drawer I've opened and closed about a gazillion times.  How did I, after all this time, find it on July 21?  I lost something else in that same drawer (only I KNEW it was in the drawer) and ended up pulling the drawer all the way out of the bench.

And there in the far back corner, I saw the Brownstone. I certainly gasped and I damned near wept.

I'm damn near weeping now, just thinking about it. Call me a Melodrama Queen, but quite honestly, with it being lost for seven years, the regret of the Unfinished Brownstone had grown to mythical proportions.

But now the Unfinished Brownstone is safely tucked away with the all the other pieces I had for finishing it -- yes, I've held on to them all this time, refusing to use them in any other project (though there was many an occasion when I was sorely tempted, if only to shut up their vicious taunts about misplacing their counterpart) and I plan to start work on this brownstone in October (after I finish up a couple of other projects).

The anticipation of finishing this piece is quite delicious (and a tidge agonizing).
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« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2012 08:06:58 AM »

Of all the reference pics I have on my hard drive, I don't have the article I read on this piece that made me think it was 131.

lol, I just re-read my first post and apparently I have a book that has the information in it.

*looks around sadly*

I wonder where that book is...
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