Some people have hobbies that don’t take that much of your time. Others.. Well they have extreme hobbies, like the people behind these crazy matchstick creations. Some of them taking months to finish one project. Check out all these 20 stunning matchstick arts.
This Soprano matchstick ukulele was created by Jack Hall. It’s created entirely with a total of 10,000 burnt tip wooden matchsticks. The artist pre-soaked the matchsticks that were used for the curved sections, this makes them easier to bend.
He also used flat-irons, fire bricks and pans of water to weight it all in shape. This all took fur hundred hours to complete.
This is what the artist had to say about his piece of art:
This is a sculpture made purely from matches and there boxes… and some glue. I did this as a response to a lyric by Stereophonic “Only takes one tree, to make one thousand matches. Only takes one match, to burn A thousand trees” I will burn this sculpture and film it to complete the lyric soonish.
Some creations take more time than others, like this piece made by 41 year old Michael Williams. Michael Williams spent 10 years of his life designing and building London’s Tower Bridge out of matchsticks. The quantity of matches used for this project is enormous. He used a total of 1.6 million matches to complete his project. The reason that it took so long might have something to do with him having a job. The 6ft matchstick bridge also has 156 working lights. Crazy right?!
Michael Arndt was inspired by something else, he didn’t have the money to buy a Formula 1 car, so he made himself one. All it took was six years and 956,000 matchsticks and 1686 tubes of glue, to create his own full scale replica of McLaren’s 4/14 F1 car. is a man of matchsticks. This didn’t come in cheap, cause the cost is estimated at about 6000 euros. The car doesn’t have a working engine, but is still mobile, cause it can be broken down in 45 pieces for easy transport.
The Englishman Brian Wherry has a passion for making miniature buildings and other items. He made a miniature matchstick model of Sydney’s Opera House, which has a pretty complex architecture. This all begun when he had to take a six months rest after inhaling a lot of smoke, which started a career of great creations.
Elvis Presley is kept alive with this incredible bust made out of 50,000 matches. It took more than 500 hours and 1,000 coloured-tip matches (from Japan) to complete the 2 feet Elvis bust. The artist also made a smaller version which is made with only 15,000 matches. And there seems to be money in this, cause big Elvis was sold for £18,000.
20-year old Djordje Balac spends weeks, sometimes months at a time working from sunrise to midnight creating realistic models of industrial vehicles like trucks, excavators and cranes exclusively from matchsticks and glue.
Despite working with a rigid material like matchsticks, he managed to make the arms of his excavator and crane models extend and turn like they do on real ones, and the cabins of his trucks detachable. After posting photos of his creations on forums and social media sites, Djordje Balac got the recognition he deserved, and was even invited to display his models at fairs and exhibitions around his home country.
He has since then pieced together an impressive collection of wooden industrial vehicles, but he is most proud of his Liebherr LTM 11200 – the world’s largest crane. His replica is made from 175,518 matchsticks, 20 kg of glue and 8 kg of varnish. It’s also fully functional.
Above and immediately below are some detailed shots of one of his most recent creations, a model of Notre Dame Cathedral which took him a year and eight months to complete and consists of 298,000 matchsticks and 2,000 toothpicks.