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« on: May 31, 2012 03:59:07 PM »

When I signed up for the Wicked Forest Matchbox Swap, little did I know that I would end up being partnered with the amazing Rackycoo -- I was like 98% excited and 2% filled with swap anxiety, or maybe, 2% excited and 98% filled with swap anxiety. Either way, I knew I was going to be working hard to create a matchbox worthy of Rackycoo.

When I read her list of Wicked Forest "interests," there was one that caught my eye:

"deep dark trees with limbs like hands (lame, but this is hard!)"

She may as well have said,

"deep dark trees with limbs like hands (I triple dog dare you!)"

As I pondered how to make a tree with hands Not Lame, I knew I had a problem -- they had to be teeny-tiny hands Not Lame. How was I going to... wait... wire trees, don't people make wire trees?  I googled "wire tree tutorial" and there was my answer -- if each branch bundle had five wires, those five wires could become five fingers and they would be Not Lame.

Of course, the next question was what would those teeny tiny hands be doing?

[insert long pause]

I had many lame ideas (and a growing pile of teeny tiny lame mockups). I returned to Racky's list and saw this one:

"scary moon"

ah, there we have it. What better use of tree hands than to pluck the moon from the sky?



You were expecting a shiny wire tree? Well, that's a shiny wire tree covered in Plasti-Dip and painted.  Plasti-Dip is that liquid rubber people dip tools in to give them nice rubber grips.  I applied the Plasti-dip with a brush (dipping the tree was a bad idea), let it dry and then painted the tree.

And the vines are single strands of wire coated in Plasti-dip and painted.



Given I've never sculpted a face that didn't end up in smashed blob of frustration, I was concerned about the moon part. But I had a secret weapon: a dust covered VHS tape (yes, it is that old) on sculpting faces from  Creager Studios. Jodi and Richard Creager are amazing doll artists and Jodi's sculpting tapes (now DVDs) are wonderfully instructive. In fact, my moon was sculpted sitting right in front of the TV (with frequent hits of the PAUSE button and many many rewinds).



And now for three obligatory shots: Proof of matchboxness, soda can scale, and the mockup.





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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012 04:30:18 PM »

That is AWESOME!!!!!!  I love the look on the moon's face, and how creepy the tree looks.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012 05:14:37 PM »

this is wonderful!!! I am and am always amazed at your art.  Soooo cool. Love the moon Smiley  I soooo pinned that.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012 05:34:11 PM »

so totally NOT lame! Wicked and clever!  
I have always wanted to buy Plasti-dip!  And now I have a reason Grin
And now I want to see faces made of smashed blobs of frustration.......oo wait.  I can go to the mall for that Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012 05:47:25 PM »

oh microjivvy!  So wickedly awesome!  I looooooove how the hands turned out!  Your moon is so cool, too!  And, um, Plasti-dip?  I'm gonna have to get me some of that!  I've never even heard of it before!  But it looks like such fun stuff!  *adding it to the ever growing list of things I need*
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2012 06:00:53 PM »

Whoa. AMAZING! Trees with limbs that look like hands are way up on my list of favorite scary things. What size wire did you use? Oh, and plasti-dip? So on my shopping list. You deserve a ROCKS vote just for that product tip.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012 06:02:04 PM »

Unbelievably cool and spooky!!  I'm in awe!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2012 06:14:16 PM »

Plasti-dip is totally amazing stuff -- although, the fumes (before it dries) are some of the absolute worst on the planet. Plasti-dip is one of the products that, no matter how much ventilation I have in the room, it doesn't come out until the cockatiel has gone to his "night-night" cage (which is on the opposite end of the house from where I craft).

What size wire did you use?

The tree was made with 28 gauge stainless steel wire and the vines with 32 gauge.
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2012 08:55:08 PM »

It's great! I loved following your process on the swap board and well... the result was worth the mad hair and freaking out the neighbor Grin I love that the tree has hands.. and the moon's face is simply wonderful.
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012 09:07:07 PM »

So cool and I'm so adding Plasti-Dip to my shopping list!
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