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minc
« on: February 06, 2008 01:35:21 AM »

my first thread!

this is how i spent my aftn preparing for the chinese new year:


paper lantern made of ang paos.


a closer view.


pineapple-shaped. the pineapple is an auspicious item in the chinese culture and is believed to bring wealth.


closer view.


i made this one last new year. its the same as the first pic except for the design on the ang paos.




close-up.

sorry for the blurry pics. they are taken using my mobile phone as my digicam is not with me.

now, for those who are not familiar with chinese traditions and are wondering what ang paos are, they stand for red packets in chinese dialect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_packets the "lanterns" are purely for decorative purposes only, and cannot be lit.

heres a pic of what they originally looked like:


the first lantern is made for my cousin, who wanted one since she saw the one i made last year. the pineapple one was tougher to make, and i spent a few hours figuring out how to get the oval shape. it took me around 4 attempts (and wasting tons of ang paos) before finally getting it.

happy lunar new year to everyone and hope you guys like it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008 07:02:27 AM »

Those look so incredibly cool and beautiful (and this rocks)! And I love that one of the lanterns is a pineapple.  Are they hollow inside? Are the beads glued on?

Do the ang paos only come in huge packs for there to be that many left over, or are you really rich now  Wink?
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008 07:22:14 AM »

Those are beautiful! And they look hard to make.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008 01:39:48 PM »

Absolutely beautiful! Your patience has paid off. Me thinks I have to give this a go now...  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008 06:14:12 PM »

thanks for all the compliments!

Those look so incredibly cool and beautiful (and this rocks)! And I love that one of the lanterns is a pineapple.  Are they hollow inside? Are the beads glued on?

Do the ang paos only come in huge packs for there to be that many left over, or are you really rich now  Wink?

yup the inside is hollow and beads and flowers are glued on.

over here in singapore ang paos are easily available. shops, banks, supermarket and even restaurants give packs of them for free during the festive season, and 1 pack usually consists of 8-20 pieces.
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minc
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008 06:39:58 PM »

Those are beautiful! And they look hard to make.

the round ones are surprisingly simple actually.

i may post a tute when i have more time after chinese new year.  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2008 11:10:31 PM »

They're awesome. It doesn't matter that it's simple, the better. Grin Simple methods with awesome results are amazing...
I like the round ones more, they have that simple beauty to them, but the pineapple is a great work, too, especially with those leaves attached to it! Where did you get them?
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2008 05:24:32 AM »

Oh my, those are lovely! I'd love to try to make one, if you post a tut later on. Now I'm wishing I'd bought some ang pao packets when I had a chance last spring. I almost brought a whole bunch home from Chinatown in L.A., but I wasn't sure what I would do with them.

I wonder if there are any Asian grocery stores in Joplin, MO. That's not too far away from me, and I soooo want to try this! I think an asian grocery store would be a good place to find these, maybe? Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2008 08:50:22 AM »

Oh wow, so impressive!  Shocked
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minc
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2008 09:24:36 PM »

I like the round ones more, they have that simple beauty to them, but the pineapple is a great work, too, especially with those leaves attached to it! Where did you get them?

i bought the plastic leaves from a craft shop  Smiley
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