Wooden Match Stick Manger/Nativity Scenes

Snow day and Christmnas collections 139Many years ago I started using kitchen wooden match sticks at school for sculpture. The kids love it. You go outside and you strike a match and light the whole box of matches. Shut the drawer and they smoke enough to give an old color look, but the oxygen is used up and they don’t continue burning. You take them all out and rub the leftovers off the end of the match. Now the stink. Really bad! We put the in a plastic bag and  get cinnamon oil and put a few drops in each bag. We let them sit over night and when we start working  with them they smell wonderful. The way I make mine is I glue four sticks together as support posts. I glue several in a row next to each other for the floor, and start building up from that. I work on aluminium foil so they don’t stick to anything. I find the little people and animals at Hobby Lobby. I have made several. Here’s two. manger 1manger 2Snow day and Christmnas collections 139

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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