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« on: August 30, 2019 01:45:22 AM »

I recently made this goldfish decoration at a little mini workshop during a weekend trip with friends.

I forgot to take any normal progress photos, so instead, please enjoy this tutorial by Maccha the sea turtle!  Maccha was actually made for me years ago by storerboughtcreations and appears frequently on my silly plushie blog, which is what these photos were taken for.

First we cut out some blue rayon (this particular stuff is meant to look like chirimen, a gorgeous crinkled Japanese fabric but that stuff is expensive and also FRAYS LIKE NOTHING ELSE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!  In fact it almost disintegrates!!) for the water.  Apparently pinking shears are the key to keep it from fraying (not sure how well this works with real chirimen).  We glued the water to the background (these are actually coasters from the 100 yen store, with a bit of twine on top), and stuffed a bit of polyfil under it to add some texture and volume.

Next we cut out fish head shapes from cardstock, put a tiny bit of polyfil on top, and then covered them with rayon which we sewed closed on the back.

We then cut out more parts of the decoration out of rayon and attached everything with glue, applied by toothpick.

And there's the final product!  The bubbles are just thick paper, punched out with a hole punch, and more of the same paper was used for the "stamp" at the bottom.  That's not actually a 3; it's a hiragana "ro", short for the Japanese pronunciation of my name.  

The whole process was a bit slow and fiddly but not nearly as difficult as I'd have thought, so I hope to make some more designs on my own!
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019 01:50:21 AM »

Its lovely! Thank you, Maccha, for sharing this wonderful tutorial Smiley

Great job, Roler! I love seeing all of the fun new crafts youve been trying!
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019 03:47:24 AM »

Perfect tutorial, thank you, Maccha!!  Cheesy Kiss
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019 07:51:19 AM »

Love this! Cute pictures, and enough detail that I feel I could make one of these. Using the coaster was brilliant. Now I'm thinking that it would be doable to make a larger scene using those tied bamboo sushi mats...

I've definitely crafted with the rayon "chirimen" before, which is slippery and annoying enough. I've never worked with the actual silk version, although I have a silk chirimen camellia kazashi flower from Kyoto; I expect the fiddliness of the fabric was a solid factor in its cost.

Maccha did a good job explaining things. Be sure to give the nice turtle a treat. Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2019 07:52:46 AM »

Really cute.

« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2019 08:02:51 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2019 08:19:29 AM »

Thanks, everyone! Glad the silly tutorial is helpful! Smiley

SBC - And thank YOU for bringing Maccha to life! XD

Inselaeffchen - And thank YOU for showing Maccha around Scotland and Germany! XD

EriChanHime - I'm sure you're right about the cost of your chirimen camellia!  But I think for this project, the materials are actually pretty cheap!  I think once I've moved and am settled back in in the states I will try to make some of my own designs in this style!  I wanna do an eel, of course!

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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2019 10:38:21 AM »

Really cute! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I think I should try making this!  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2019 03:11:35 AM »

Sweet project!  Fishies like these will brighten up any room.

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2019 12:26:56 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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