Fun With Matches (Apr, 1936)
Fun With Matches
ON dreary evenings, much amusement may be had by manipulating match sticks, splitting them with a piece of razor blade or a sharp knife, or combining several sticks and gluing them together. The addition of little pieces of paper, colored and pasted to the match sticks, will aid in carrying out the desired effect. For holding the matches in an upright position, a small quantity of modelling clay or, in its absence, putty or even chewing gum will answer the purpose. If the reader would like to use a rapid-drying cement, he can make this by dissolving ordinary celluloid (such as old photograph negatives from which the emul- sion has been removed) in amyl acetate. The illustrations here will give an idea of what can be accomplished. The heads of the matches may be brightly colored and, to produce the bends at the knees, the match is carefully broken between the fingers; but the pieces are not separated. Two matches may be joined end to end (as in Fig. 1) by moistening them, then lighting and blowing them out immediately.