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Frau_Eva
« on: February 14, 2010 06:20:50 PM »

I decided to make my first kanzashi as gifts for the holiday season to motivate me to practice and do a lot. Because starting out doing all the little things you need to do beforehand kind of kills the creative instinct for me.  Undecided So I made theeeese! I honestly don't think a lot of the people I gave them to liked them that much(except for my roommate, who took the picture for me and is awesome), but it was hard to shop for a lot of those girls anyway. I'm still having some trouble with petal-shaping being as precise as I want it(everything wants to turn into a leaf-shape), and I can't entirely understand the instructions I've seen for the various shapes.  Undecided And I'm getting better at not coloring so much of the center so it looks uneven like that. Urrrgh, all I can see is flaws.

Pleeeeease forgive the copious dog hair in the picture. I have to work on the floor for space reasons, and one of my roommate's has a shedding dog the size of a small pony. I couldn't find my camera at the time and I just gave the purple one to my roommate, so this was my last chance to get a shot of them all together. The yellow one was later moved to a clip like the rest because you had to push down directly onto the flower to open and close and it fell off. I put it on the snap because it was for someone with shorter hair, but a clip is still doable.

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2010 08:39:00 PM »

I still think they are very pretty!  I've made a few kanzashi as well, and they didn't turn out as well as I had wanted, but they weren't aweful.  I made mine into pins.  I have a hard time with the stringing.  How did you do with that part?  They are very lovely though!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010 08:58:37 PM »

I think they are cute, I especially like the orange one Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010 10:47:52 PM »

I still think they are very pretty!  I've made a few kanzashi as well, and they didn't turn out as well as I had wanted, but they weren't aweful.  I made mine into pins.  I have a hard time with the stringing.  How did you do with that part?  They are very lovely though!  Grin

Stringing them is muuuuuuch easier if I stick them in hairpins, coat the backs in rice glue, and then wait for it to dry. I got the rice glue at Zipangu Treasures, but I'm sure just a not-very-sticky glue would probably work well. It stiffens it into place much better, and makes the fabric stick to itself. The kanzashi masters can apparently use the stuff to glue the whole damn thing together, but that's not us.  Tongue Once they're dry, just string it as closely as you can. Once I got some of that, stringing them was a snap!
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