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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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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012 03:24:57 AM »

I love that your work has a story attached, it is cool to see what people have made, but way way cooler when they tell you their thought processes and the steps...
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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2012 12:52:23 AM »

i love it, well done. i hope your partner was "over the moon" with it. Grin
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2012 06:37:20 AM »

Wowowow! That's so awesome and NOT lame at all! Itotally want to try wire and plasti-dip next!
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2012 12:26:27 PM »

It's pretty darn fantastic, micro! I have got to try plasti-dip..........whoa, do I ever see possibilities.
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2012 01:46:29 PM »

Whaa, it is so creepy!!! Which is a compliment, if you create a wicked forest!  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2012 03:22:17 PM »

First, thank you all for the kind words. Wink

Second, it just occurred to me that I should have mentioned that it takes a couple of coats (brushed on) of the plasti-dip.  The first coat is pretty much a thin transparent coat -- just because it's hard for the plasti-dip to "get footing" on the wiring.  Wait for that coat to dry (it doesn't take long) and then the second coat is much easier and covers fully.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2012 05:19:02 AM »

i love it, well done. i hope your partner was "over the moon" with it. Grin

I am! I love my tiny wicked tree with his tortured moon friend. microjivvy does the coolest miniatures. I'm so happy to have this on display at my place. I know you're all jealous. Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2012 05:28:16 PM »

I understand your anxiety about your swap partner, but you did marvelously. I love the expression on the moon's face.
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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2012 10:44:06 AM »

This is amazing....like something out of a Tim Burton film! I love it!
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« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2012 12:16:54 PM »

like something out of a Tim Burton film!

Now that is high praise indeed.  Thank you.  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2012 01:58:32 PM »

 Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!     Love, Love the creepy tree!!
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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2012 07:16:27 AM »

Oh my goodness! I can't believe you were able to make it that small. I'm inclined to think you have a giant Diet Coke hanging around it.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2012 07:51:56 PM »

did you have to bake the whole thing? because of the polymer clay bits..
(and if so, how did you do that without catching the matchbox on fire?)

ehn. can't wrap my brain around it.
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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2012 02:20:52 AM »

did you have to bake the whole thing? because of the polymer clay bits..
(and if so, how did you do that without catching the matchbox on fire?)

Only the moon is polymer clay and he was baked before he was snatched up by the tree.  Wink
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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2012 06:52:32 AM »

so in the last shot, where you've got clay attaching the tree to the box, that's just a temporary placeholder?
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« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2012 07:25:18 AM »

so in the last shot, where you've got clay attaching the tree to the box, that's just a temporary placeholder?

Exactly -- that was my "rough draft" version of the project, just to see how things would go together. When I'm not ready to glue, I find that some of the really soft polymer clays work well to hold things in place.
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2012 10:58:10 AM »

so in the last shot, where you've got clay attaching the tree to the box, that's just a temporary placeholder?

Exactly -- that was my "rough draft" version of the project, just to see how things would go together. When I'm not ready to glue, I find that some of the really soft polymer clays work well to hold things in place.

I tend to use the bubble gum like stuff that you put posters on the walls with, but some times that can be to sticky.  Thanks for the poly clay tip Grin
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2012 11:07:08 AM »

I tend to use the bubble gum like stuff that you put posters on the walls with, but some times that can be to sticky.  Thanks for the poly clay tip Grin

I find the ones that are "stone" textures seem to be the softest/work the best.

I also use it when taking photos of something that doesn't normally "stand" on it's own -- works great to prop stuff up and you can mold it so that it doesn't show in the pic.
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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2012 12:43:50 PM »

Oh it's amazing!
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awesome. thanks for explaining!  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2012 10:30:20 AM »

sooooo in love.
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« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2012 07:14:38 PM »

Definitely in the 'not-lame' category! This is a work of art!
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That is so creepy in the best way possible!!
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