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Topic: Dia de los Muertos Matchbox  (Read 15681 times)
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« on: May 10, 2011 05:09:18 PM »

The minute I read my second matchbox-swap partner's list of themes, I knew her topic of "day of the dead" was the one for me.  I quickly decided to make a Dia de los Muertos Altar.

The altar includes: "papel picado" ("pierced paper," representing the wind); candles (representing fire), various fruits and vegetable (representing earth), a small bowl on the top shelf filled with water (representing water), sugar skulls, a loaf of "pan de muertos", a picture of the deceased and some bottles of her favorite beverages.

I know.  Hard to see "matchbox" in that pic -- maybe this one will help:

By the time this photo was taken, I'd already lost control of the project. 

Yes, that is a cracked-open rib cage attached to the box.

You see, while I was working on the altar, I remembered that I had some skeletons and I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if I used a skull as the drawer pull?"

After that it's pretty much a blur.  I never meant to use the entire skeleton, but use her I did.  And I never meant to dress the entire skeleton, but dress her I did.  Suddenly, my simple altar  became an object held by a full-fledged Catrina.

These things happen when you allow your projects to control you.

The dress is made from ribbon and glue. Seriously. 

I forgot to take a photo while I was building the dress, but here's a shot just to demonstrate the process (this piece wasn't used in the final product).

I debated about making a crown for the hat, but Mr. Jivvy very much liked her bony head peeping out the back of her enormous hat and I had to agree.  Looks cool, less work.  I'm a happy camper.

And a shot just to prove that, yes, the matchbox drawer is still functional (and stuffed with goodies). Wink


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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2011 05:27:09 PM »

Wow... I have no other words but WOW!

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011 05:29:29 PM »

w :ow!  That is amazing - your attention to detail, especially considering the small scale.  Your partner is very lucky, you did a great job.  Very inspired
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2011 05:44:53 PM »

WOW.  SO detailed and all around awesome!  The figure, chest, and shrine are all stand-alone works of art.  Bravo.

« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2011 06:05:04 PM »

I replied on the matchbox gallery already, but I have to tell you again... THIS ROCKS!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2011 06:14:16 PM »

It's fantastic and I knew as soon as I saw the thumbnail this was yours  Cheesy

You're so totally fabulous with everything you make I'm absolutely green with envy.

« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2011 06:41:17 PM »

I love the amazing details. Your partner is a very lucky person.

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011 06:53:23 PM »

I am the L U C K Y recipient of her Grin  And she's even cooler in person.  I've said it before, but I'll say it again, there are not enough thank yous for this piece.  I adore it.  This rocks and so do you, Microjivvy!
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2011 08:49:45 PM »

I'm in awe! I wish my own projects would be more controlling if it meant results like that!
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2011 08:59:39 PM »

These things happen when you allow your projects to control you.

Yes, but look at the INCREDIBLE result! Totally amazing and mind-blowing!!

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