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Topic: No Unreturn'd Love  (Read 7530 times)
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« on: January 26, 2010 08:24:50 PM »

After thinking about by matchbox for a week and spending another week building it, I realized tonight as I was getting ready to photograph it that I have completely missed the point that this is about papercraft. Apart from the box itself, there is no paper in my entry at all! So I post it as a first papercraft shrine attempt and an valuable lesson.

The text on the top of the box is from Walt Whitman:
But now I think there is no unreturn'd love,
The pay is certain one way or another.

When you pick up the box, a red light throbs from under the filigree heart on top.

Inside is a transparent anatomical heart, which continues to beat bright red as you pull out the drawer.

This doesn't really work in photos, so I've included a little video:

The electronics is from a motion-activated Hallowe'en ornament that's been blinking at me from a drawer for several years. I cut away all the extraneous housing around the battery and tiny circuit board and poked the LED up inside the heart. I sculpted the heart in wax and cast it in clear epoxy. (The epoxy I had is several years old and rather yellowed. I wish it had been totally clear.) The metal findings on the top and sides are quite heavy, so that when you pick up the matchbox it feels like it must contain something very solid, not the insubstantial light-filled heart you find inside. (I guess that's the secret.)

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hey, are you going to throw that away?

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010 08:29:31 PM »

i really like this!

i love personal swaps. i'm looking to swap my art or paper crafts for some re-usable fabric snack bags, fabric sandwich wraps, fabric paper towels, glass pendants, ephemera, or art books.


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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010 08:29:59 PM »

I love that it blinks!!

If you made it, I'll love it!
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010 08:32:04 PM »

I love the whole idea of a light up anything! The heart rocks! Wonderful shrine!

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2010 08:35:52 PM »

Love love love this! Smiley .. if the epoxy had been completely clear, the light would have been more visible/concentrated (?). I like that its cloudy Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2010 09:06:59 PM »

That's so cool! I love it!

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2010 09:11:39 PM »

No paper? Doesn't the box count?

That's really amazing. I really like the "cloudy" heart, actually. I think it makes it look more meaningful somehow--? Anyway, really fine piece of art!

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2010 06:18:19 AM »

IM sure there is SOME paper in it, I still love it all the same!

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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2010 06:57:06 AM »

This is so great! I love the blinking heart, and that you can see it from the outside of the box when you pick it up!

« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2010 07:50:10 AM »

Lovely choice of quotes. A clear heart is more ephemeral, a cloudy heart is more substantial. Super re-use of the led, too.
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