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« on: October 11, 2012 07:20:43 PM »

Shortly after making and abandoning these altered matchboxes, I saw a chance to angel in the Abandoned Art swap, and I jumped at it!  I altered more matchboxes, but this time I went with a star theme.  Each box contains a polymer clay star.  I stamped the words into the clay before baking it.



Each matchbox is covered with paper cut from book pages.



The fabric collage on top of each box is machine sewn, then glued to the box.



Since I was sending to microjivvy, and I know she isn't a super-bright-colors kind of girl, I made one matchbox in darker tones for her to keep.



I made a few extras to abandon myself; I left this one in the post office when I was mailing the angel package.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2012 09:02:39 PM »

I could tell this was yours just from the thumbnail. You're so awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2012 11:03:19 PM »

And they're even prettier in person!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012 06:42:23 AM »

What a cool project!  I love the idea of abandoning for others to share.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2012 07:15:45 AM »

Thanks, everyone!  These are a little addictive to make, so I will probably make more.  They would make good gift boxes for cash...a $20 bill folded up inside would be a nice surprise!
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2012 07:08:41 PM »

I could tell this was yours just from the thumbnail.

Me too!! I really love the clay star. Did you use a cookie cutter or something for that? Clever idea to stamp the words in too!
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2012 05:03:12 AM »

Yes, I used a cookie cutter of a wonky star shape, but even then I had to squish the stars a bit to make them fit in the box!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2012 05:32:08 AM »

i love these for so many reasons--so pretty and so random for the lucky person who comes upon any of them. what wonderful little treasures, leslie!
did you coat the stars with something to get that shine?
then--what did you rub into the letters to darken them?

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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2012 08:12:06 AM »

Actually, I just stamped the letters the regular way:  I inked them on a stamp pad then pressed them into the clay.  Gentle pressure is all that's needed.  The shine on the stars comes from "Sculpey Gloss Glaze" that you can usually find where you buy Sculpey clay; I got mine at JoAnn's, it was on the same shelf as the clay.
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012 08:00:12 AM »

These are beautiful! I know whoever finds them will have an all-day smile.
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