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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2009 03:53:57 PM »

I've loved kanzashi ever since I read about about Japanese clothing when I was in elementary school and was just thinking about how it would be possible to make hair ornaments imitating them. I log on today and right there are yours!
Beautiful work, though those must be a killer on the hands after a while making them.
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2009 06:44:15 PM »

Christ, I remember trying to make kanzashi like five years ago, when the only tutorial around was the one of the old Japanese guy making them the traditional way. All of mine came out a mess! But perhaps I'll give it a go again, as I really want some butterfly hair clips!

All of yours are gorgeous and mad props on your patience for this art. Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2009 06:58:25 PM »

Your kanzashi are so detailed, I really like your hydreagea.

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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2009 08:33:58 PM »

curious about what type of glue you use to hold them together. I know that they traditionally use rice-glue, but is there something else more readily available?

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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2009 10:20:32 PM »

There are other glues you can use but you have to keep in mind of the fabric type. Tacky glue/craft glue/fabric glue does work but not on fabrics such as cotton or mixed fabrics, especially if you're going to use it to glue the petals to the base of the 'flower.' Hot glue is good in the sense that it glues fast and is the most durable glue short of certain types of hardcore modeling glue. The drawback is that it burns synthetic fabrics, so using a low heat glue gun helps with that. It takes lots of practice to use hot glue when you mount the petals onto the base since it dries fast. If you mess up- it's not going to be an easy fix by any means.

The detailing on the flowers takes a lot of patience, really good pairs of tweezers, swiftness and precision if you're using hot glue. With craft glue you're not pressured to be swift and precise; however keep in mind that it won't have as strong of a bond as hot glue.

I've taken into consideration with the fact that the fabric is starched when experimenting with the glues. I personally like hot glue since it's fast and extremely durable- my only issue is that for some of the details such as the first kanzashi- you have to own surgeon's hands; which I sadly don't have .  Lips sealed

I'm tempted to create a supplement tutorial about kanzashi on my devianart account, but I'm rather iffy on that at the moment.  Wink

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« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2009 07:18:04 AM »

 Shocked They're beautiful! I wish I had the patience and the talent to make them. I really like the flower ones but I like the cherry blossoms the best (the first one). I also like the hydrangea but for some odd reason, I like the kanzashi with hanging flowers more.
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2009 03:39:12 PM »

Those are amazing, especially the first!!

You must have a lot of patience
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2009 12:21:03 PM »

Niiiiice!! I never finished my first kanzashi, lol....I got as far as folding, and stringing, and tying together. I bombed at the gluing, though. Tongue

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