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« on: June 19, 2014 06:23:04 AM »

Here's a little shrine I made for vincentvanbuck, my partner in the Altered Mini Altoid Tins swap. One of his preferred themes was a shrine to the Virgin Mary. I love that! I asked him if he was ok with unconventional materials, and he was, so here's what I sent.

I was really happy with this turned out. Speaking of unconventional materials, I used matchsticks, a rusty bottlecap, some brads, and on the inside of the shrine, some slinky-like wires in two tones of metal. They give it some nice shine and add dimension. Oh, and that red eyeball. I'm pretty sure you don't see that every day on a Mary shrine.  Cheesy


The sides were built up and the elements attached with Apoxie Sculpt clay. I absolutely love that stuff, both for sculpting and adhering difficult parts, like the eyeball. It takes paint so well, so adding decorative touches to the sides was simple.

Here's the back. I added a little hanger. Whenever I add a hanger to a tin, I make sure to cut out the paper covering the back so that the hanger is adhered directly to the tin. I wouldn't want the weight of the hanging tin to rip the paper! Had to add one more little decorative clay swirl on the back. It helps support that bottlecap.


I had to send in that swap extra early, due to other commitments, so I was the first to send. I can't wait to see what everyone else does with their mini tins!
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014 06:32:12 AM »

I love your tip for doing the hanger!! makes great sense!

The tin turned out quite nice!  Do you coat the matches with anything?  I always worry that they might catch on fire somehow...Grin.

I knew this was your work because of the eyeball...I would love this tin so I am sure your partner did! 
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014 06:36:22 AM »

I really love those eyeballs.

I didn't coat the matches with anything, and funny you should mention fire, because as I was making the tin I did think about how cool it might be to make a similar tin, set it on fire, and take great photos of it. I guess there's a little pyro in me.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014 06:39:19 AM »

I am sure it would be some sort of sign if the Virgin Mary tin were to go up in flames for no reason...I know that AM once mentioned that she coated the matches with something but I forgot what it was...

If you do set a piece of your work on fire and then film it, I will have such great respect for you...
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014 07:00:14 AM »

I love the aged look and slinky wire on this piece. Beautiful art, racky!

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2014 08:57:30 AM »

I really like this lovely shrine!   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014 01:33:19 PM »

She's a beauty!
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2014 02:51:43 PM »

This is absolutely beautiful.  So intricate and with such attention to detail.  I keep imagining the matchsticks lit now.  I wonder if you could do something similar and use small candles instead (like birthday candles?) and then it could be lit without being destroyed?  Oh, the possibilities!!  

And I'm with always... if you set one of your creations on fire and film it, you will have my undying respect and admiration.  (sadly, I think I must have a little pyro in me as well! Cheesy)
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2014 07:08:06 PM »

Awesome, as always!! I love the way you use matchsticks. It's so clever.
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2014 07:39:35 PM »

This is so amazing!
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