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« on: May 04, 2012 10:46:28 AM »

I joined the Wicked Forest Altered Matchbox swap and got the ever fabulous Noooitaremybirthday as my partner.  Being just incredibly excited about having an awesome partner, I started on her package right away.  Its my first altered matchbox, and I had a lot of fun making it (fun with a side of achy finger tips and glue all over my hands)!  



Nooo's forest ended up being more enchanted than wicked.  I chose colors that were more suited to Nooo's sunny personality, as well as personal tastes.  The tree is made of wire and seed beads.  I found the tutorial for making these trees here:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/wire-tree
It was a uber helpful tutorial, since I don't have much experience in wire work.  I just love the form the tree took!


For the most part, I used a 28 gauge pewter color wire, and also mixed in some 30 gauge shiny silver strands as well for a little dimension.  My seed beads were all sorts of sizes.  The pink ones were rather large, so I only used one bead, three for the orange since they were so small, and two for the green.


Here's the backside of the tree.


I started by painting the matchbox a lime green, then hot glued on some real moss.  Its super spongy and soft!  I used my trusty Elmer's pen around the edge.  The knob is a pony bead with a crystal glued on.  I used a super strong glue to adhere the pony bead to the box.


Here's a glimpse underneath.  I used a metal glue and clamps to glue the roots down.  The glue I used was horrid and took forever to dry and also made some of the clamp glue on, as well (hence why there are little green parts on the bottom).  If I could go back and change anything, it would be the glue I used, which was a metal glue for jewelry making.  Though it took forever to dry on the metal, it would dry instantly on skin, like super glue.  I got a lot of it on me, of course.  ^_^  It has eyelets as feet and says all the swap details on the bottom.

Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of inside the box, because I got too excited to send it off.  But the drawer is painted the same lime green with pink edging.  I used a wood-looking piece of paper to line the bottom of the drawer.  The drawer held Little Red's riding hood made out felt (fits great on my finger!), Snow White's poisoned apple, a little wolf charm, an owl charm, and some little fake leaves.

Thanks for looking!

And a quote from suereal, because I love it so much:
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And OMG!  Your wire tree match box is so mesmerizing.  At first I was like "Oh so pretty!'  Then I stared at it for a bit.  And I thought of a bit of a story about it....This beautiful encrusted tree is the result of an alchemists experiments.  But he didn't realize that he was trapping the spirit of the tree when he sought to turn wood to metal.  When the tree's leaves turned to gems, it begane to see a bit of a reflection of what is happening around it, but it can not grow any more.  Hows that for wicked?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012 11:17:52 AM »

I've seen that tute. You made great use of it: who'd've ever thunk to use it on a matchbox? Genius! <3
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012 11:59:21 AM »

I haven't seen a tree like this in a long time!  It's gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012 12:05:25 PM »

Wow! This is beautiful! I love how the matchbox is entwined... Such a perfect little spot to keep whimsical bits. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012 12:41:56 PM »

That is a great tree! The shape is beautiful and the moss adds the forest feeling. Superb job!

Thanks for sharing the link with us, I'm going to take a peak. Now I want a tree like that  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012 03:58:48 PM »

AAWWW MAY ZIINNNNNGGG! This is so neat, jilly. You did an amazing job. It's perfect for noooo - nothing about her could be wicked Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012 08:21:56 AM »

This is really just one of the most gorgeous things ever.  I don't even know how to put into words how much I love it! I bet it was a ton of work!
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012 09:01:58 AM »

Aww thanks everyone!

This is really just one of the most gorgeous things ever.  I don't even know how to put into words how much I love it! I bet it was a ton of work!

Actually the tree wasn't that bad to make!  I thought it was going to be way harder than it really was!  My fingers, at the time, disagreed though.  They were throbbing from all the twisting by the end of it!  lol!  I think will all the wire measuring and cutting, bead adding, twisting and shaping it all in all took about 3 hours.  I think the actual prep took the longest.  The twisting it all together was the easy part!
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012 07:10:31 AM »

I really thought that I had already commented on this!  It's incredible!  I never would have guessed it was a matchbox from the thumbnail.  Did you have to weight the bottom of it to make it stable?  It's gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012 07:26:32 AM »

I really thought that I had already commented on this!  It's incredible!  I never would have guessed it was a matchbox from the thumbnail.  Did you have to weight the bottom of it to make it stable?  It's gorgeous!

Thanks!  Nope, just wrapping the roots around the base was enough.  Its pretty stable!
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