When Wallace set out to create a flammable sphere made entirely out of matches and glue, he had a rough idea of what the final product would turn out like. After one year of pure dedication, about 42,000 matches and sticky glue-covered fingers, it was finally time to light it up!
Even though this project was his baby, he had no idea that people from all around the world would be so fascinated by it as well...
The very first thing Wallace did was create a computer outline of what the sphere was supposed to look like. After that was complete, he calculated exactly how many matches he would need to make this project come to life. Before gluing anything, Wallace estimated that it would take more than 62,000 matches to create the sphere.
Once his calculations were finished and the boxes of matches were bought, Wallace got to work gluing each match into place.
He shared images of his process on Imgur and wrote:
"Early on I realized that aligning matches so that the heads were all sitting in the same direction helped me glue them up much much faster. I could grab about seven matches at a time and hot glue them to the globe."
As days turned to weeks, and weeks to months, Wallace perfected his process and started to work even faster.
Not only did Wallace explore his creativity during this project, but it also was a great way to gain insight into his mental state. He said:
"I think the best way to describe this process is to articulate my mental and emotional state while gluing matches together for hours upon hours... My theory was working and the curvature of the sphere was beginning to take shape...
I kept all my empty boxes of matches in order to get an estimate of how many I used in the end. I finished with exactly 140 boxes of matches that went into this project. If they all actually had exactly 300 matches in them, that equals 42,000 matches. This was significantly off from my 62,654 match estimate but many factors could have contributed to this: Maybe there aren't exactly 300 matches in each box. Maybe I didn't make a perfect sphere (I didn't). Maybe matches are different sizes (they are)."
Once it finally came time to light the sphere up, Wallace was overjoyed. After more than a year gluing, reworking and revising, he carried the sphere into his yard with a huge smile on his face.
With one last match, Wallace ignited the sphere and watched as it burned in a truly magnificent fashion. A handful of camera recording in both slow and full speed captured the event - it was everything Wallace dreamed of during his year creating the sphere.
The seasons may have changed, as did his life, but Wallace remained focused on his goal. We're so glad he decided to share this incredible footage with the world!