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« on: May 15, 2009 08:55:08 PM »

Hullo!

Just wanted to post a few pics of the projects I have created so far this month.  Cheesy

They're labor intensive but really fun to do. Sadly if you have five cats in the apartment you might want to keep the fabric pieces as far from them as possible since they'll find what you're doing interesting and play with your supplies. Tongue

Instead of using silk which is the staple of this craft, I use other fabrics for durability's sake as well as longevity. *Silk is notorious for major discoloration after time*







Thanks for taking a look! Feel free to comment on them. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009 09:08:01 PM »

These are gorgeous, love all the beautiful folding.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2009 09:15:05 PM »

Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2009 09:28:53 PM »

These are stunning. The first one looks like a bridal bouquet! Which would be beautiful! Wish I knew how to do these!
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2009 09:31:04 PM »

Very beautiful! You are so talented.*smiles*
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009 09:35:32 PM »

They are gorgeous! I really like the first one!
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2009 07:12:51 AM »

these are so pretty.  i really like the dragonfly hair clips
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2009 11:56:13 AM »

Wow! They are beautiful, but especially the first one! Are you making them for any special event?

How did you learn to do this? I've seen the video that's in Japanese, but if there's a book or something, I'd really like to have a read instead. I even tried looking on amazon.co.jp but I didn't find anything :\
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2009 01:31:01 PM »

Oh I'd love to learn how to do this - they're gorgeous!  Any instructions available?
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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009 02:27:15 PM »

Thank you for the comments. Cheesy

There are a few instructions on the net. Vivcore has a tutorial up on how to make them in the traditional fashion. However not all the tutorials cover issues such as durability or hidden tricks when it comes to preparing the materials. Tongue

Silk is a nice material but expensive and fickle when it comes to dyes. Rice glue comes undone in rain/water. Also what they never cover is that it's easier to starch (2x's) the entire length of fabric first before cutting, ect.

You also might want to take it nice and slow since folding them for hours on end are a killer on the fingers. Bigger pieces like the first one took roughly 20+ hours since there are over 120 petals to prepare, mount, fold and wrap. I also hand make the hair pins that the kanzashi are mounted on since you can't commercially buy plain hair forks.
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