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Project by Spoontaneous posted 09-06-2010 12:51 AM 2079 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This turned out to be 2 projects instead of one, the second having sort of evolved out of the first. I’m glad to be done with both of them.

The original idea was to glue up a block of wooden matches to create a ‘black and white’ image. The burnt end of the match sticks would provide the black against a background of the lighter, non-burnt wood. I searched the internet for a pair of eyes that I liked and then used a graphics software to edit more to my liking. I also used the software to determine the final size and match count by counting the pixels H x W.

The project called for a little over 10,000 matchsticks but problems with the whole panel warping required some matches being cut off. I suppose now it still has at least 9,360 or there abouts. THANKS to some of the LumberJocks for advising me on the warping problem. I was quite frustrated at the time and not sure I would have carried on without their input.

About midway through this project I had lost interest and laid the whole thing aside. I had plenty of the match box ‘drawers’ lying around and so I started painting some of them with an inexpensive acrylic paint set that I picked up a couple of years ago. It started looking like a mosaic so I just kept moving with it… painting a couple here and there after work and on weekends.

I was hoping to make the final panel approximately 5’ x 3’ but after a while I became more interested in my next project than this one (or two). So I stopped at 450 match boxes and settled for something a little shy of 4’ x 3’. I framed it with some cheap (but not inexpensive) Home Depot trim and since the ‘paintings’ are wedged in pretty tight I didn’t glue them. This allows me to change the order around if I ever had a mind to. My wife and daughter both painted 3 or 4 boxes each, so I can’t claim all the glory… or blame.

When you live in a condo and the dining room table is your shop… this is what you come up with.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 01:19 AM

Super WOW!! That is very nice workmanship. The style for the match sticks is similar to a style called

“Tarsia A Toppo” Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 01:25 AM

Great! I like them both! Really cool job!
Looks like something that would have cost alot of money!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 01:36 AM

Very interesting and cool! Wow….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 02:22 AM


-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 02:26 AM

You have more than your share of patience! Beautiful works there. I like them.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 07:09 AM

No wonder you went mad!!!!!
Have you seen all those matches! :-0

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 02:46 PM

What a cool post. Those are both really stunning, and I love the story behind them.

Very creative,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 04:30 PM

This turned out great super Job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 04:51 PM

That’s very nice. I admire your imagination. That’s always the hardest part, at least for me. I know the feeling about I’m glad I’m done with it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 05:21 PM


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 05:54 PM

Very cool !!!

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 09:47 PM

wow! ...and people think I have patience!! I’ve got nothing on you!
very cool pieces!

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 12:37 AM

Guess I hadn’t been on this site for a while. This turned out great! Sexy eyes.

-- Scott

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