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AidanNia
« on: September 07, 2007 09:22:47 PM »

This is my first post, of a project I did a while back. (I have lots of projects, but never remember to take pictures when the light is good!)

I lived in South Korea for three years and learned to how to do hanji, which is a Korean paper craft. Here are some pictures of a hobak, or pumpkin, lamp. The entire thing is made of paper, with plastic sheets underneath to hold the rounded shape. I cut the decorative designs out with an exacto knife.

Thanks for looking!



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cinnamon teal
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 09:26:38 PM »

Wow!  That looks fantastic.  I love it! Smiley
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fuji.mama
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 09:41:45 PM »

That is gorgeous!  It looks like you bought it.  How long did it take you to do?  How long did it take you to learn?
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annessasgirl
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 09:42:02 PM »

Very pretty!
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Philosophia
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2007 02:19:56 AM »

Absolutely beautiful. I love it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007 06:48:14 AM »

Wow! That is really neat! I would love to learn how to do something like that!
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2007 07:19:29 AM »

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!
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AidanNia
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2007 07:47:11 AM »

Thanks for the kind feedback, especially since this is my first posted project Smiley

I think it took me about two sessions of about 5 hours each to make the lamp, plus a couple hours to cut out the design (though it's made easier by stapling together and cutting out several sheets of paper at the same time). The hardest part is papering the inside of the form, mostly because it's hard to reach inside it.

It's actually not all that hard to learn, the technique is similar to decoupage (I think), where you're applying the paper with a paste.  The only problem is getting the materials outside of Korea--it uses mulberry paper and special thick cardboard for frames that is coated in white paper.

I brought back a bunch of materials (a bunch!), but should probably start experimenting for when it runs out. If I ever figure out how to use more common materials, I should share it here...
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MahonAzul
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2007 10:07:19 AM »

No way! I mean, wow, I want to steal that lamp from you.  Literally, I just want to grab it and run.  For some time now, I've been looking online at Japanese lanterns and planning on making a couple.  Yours is Korean, but I bet the same design principle could be applied to a Japanese style.  I've decorated my apartment with Asian touches and making my own lamps would be so awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007 11:05:32 AM »

That looks professional! It looks like you bought it!

That's amazing!
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