When I signed up for the Wicked Forest Matchbox Swap over at Craftster, 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:
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.