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Topic: Dia de los Muertos Matchbox  (Read 9584 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.
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« 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.
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« 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 »

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Yes, but look at the INCREDIBLE result! Totally amazing and mind-blowing!!
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011 10:55:19 PM »

holy crap thats freakin awesome!!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2011 04:22:49 AM »

You guys make me blush... thank you.  Smiley

Knickertwist, given how much I love your work, I am just tickled pink to have you like my work.  Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2011 07:03:53 AM »

WOW!! I didn't think it could get any more amazing than your garden matchbox but here you go blowing us away again.

You are so talented. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing creations with us.
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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2011 07:34:11 AM »

oh, and I forgot to mention...

Since I hadn't intended to create a standing skeleton, I didn't have a stand-- but when her dress got completely out of control, I needed a stand.

And so the stand is made from the cardboard ribbon "bobbin" (from the ribbon used in her dress) plus a bamboo skewer.

I admit I was very pleased with myself when I pulled that ribbon bobbin out of the "throwaway" pile on my worktable.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2011 08:43:39 AM »

Holy hell, this is amazing. The attention to detail is topnotch. I was sufficiently impressed by the matchbox, and then I was like, "Oh cool, a ribcage" and then rational thought left me when I saw the finished product.  I can only imagine your partner's reaction when she received.

I don't swap because I am self-aware of my flakiness when it comes to letter-writing/card-sending and know that I can't just give up after months of no contact and email a craft to my poor neglected partner. It's amazing projects like this that make me really regret that flaky side of me (more than annoyed siblings and a nagging mother ever could).
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2011 09:43:11 AM »

This Rocks in no small amount. I love the teensy altar.
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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2011 12:14:45 PM »

MUY fabuloso!!  Wink  I absolutely love where you went with this - lucky, lucky partner!
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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2011 02:38:39 PM »

microjivvy, you are so scary good.
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« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2011 05:54:26 PM »

WOW - stunning!
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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2011 06:01:25 PM »

I... I think I love you *blushes and runs away*
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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2011 06:28:46 PM »

This is mind blowing!  All of the details are unbelievable.  I LOVE the fact that you have a skeleton holding it, the fact that it's a shrine on TOP of a functioning matchbox...this is just too cool for words.
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 Smiley Smiley Smiley INCREDIBLE!!  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2011 09:33:36 PM »

microjivvy, you are so scary good.

Yea, what she said!
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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2011 06:23:45 AM »

Wowzers! That is utterly incredible.
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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2011 06:58:20 AM »

A-MAZ-ING!  I literally and truly got goosebumps.  Every single detail is wondrous to behold and I bet if I met her in person I'd just stare at and gently turn her for hours noticing the details and craftsmanship.  Also, the way you presented the story of her creation and accompanying photos was just right!
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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2011 07:14:35 AM »

Holy freaking awesome!  Shocked

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« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2011 08:30:56 AM »

Thank you, one and all.  This truly was one of those projects that created itself and I was just there to provide the glue.  Cheesy

I... I think I love you *blushes and runs away*

Quite possibly my favorite comment ever.  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2011 08:44:08 AM »

I am totally on board with the WOW response! Your attention to detail is truly, truly awesome. I want one!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2011 08:48:27 AM »

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« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2011 11:58:09 AM »

This is AMAZING!! Grin
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« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2011 12:06:11 PM »

All I can do is echo the responses of everyone else.. this is amazing.
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« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2011 02:52:19 PM »

*Jaw drops* That is epic!
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« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2011 09:17:09 AM »

Thank you, one and all.  This truly was one of those projects that created itself and I was just there to provide the glue.  Cheesy

I... I think I love you *blushes and runs away*

Quite possibly my favorite comment ever.  Grin

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« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2011 12:15:19 PM »

best altered matchbox and DOD shrine EVER.
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^agreed with above. So super cool.
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« Reply #35 on: May 14, 2011 07:09:28 AM »

OMG this is amazing and awesome and holy cow! Fantastic job. You rock.
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« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2011 08:05:09 PM »

This is just amazing! I can't believe how detailed this tiny project is. You have mad talent!
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« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2011 05:23:51 PM »

I really can't say anything that everyone else hasn't said already.  I can only hope to one day be able to produce art like this - absolutely beautiful.
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That is amazing, the skeleton and the box, great details.
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« Reply #39 on: July 31, 2011 04:39:40 PM »

That is the most incredible matchbox! I thought matchbox swaps were supposed to be quick and easy, lol.
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 Shocked this is so cool! awesome work!
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Best matchbox ever, the tiny detail is unbelievable!
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So cool
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« Reply #43 on: April 24, 2012 02:08:18 PM »

OMG that is serious art matchbooking!!! nicely done!
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