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Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:01 pm

Lumikettu

I'm interested about how/where people find the hairpins to which attach the kanzashi? Is it a normal hairpin you get from a store or do you make one yourself somehow...?

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:01 pm

Kouhiko

I'm interested in this too. I've looked in craft and hair and beauty stores but can't find them. Or what to call them to look them up online?

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:02 pm

Sarcasm-hime

You mean the long two-prong metal hairpins? Zipangu Treasures used to sell them but they've disappeared. I just make my own now out of heavy-gauge wire.

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:02 pm

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I take a hairpin like that or similar and glue or solder a prong to it ^^

Make sure the glue is a heavy-duty glue for metals, even better solder the wires together :)

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:02 pm

Lumikettu

Sarcasm-hime those are the hairpins I mean! Thank you for the advice.

Wisteria_gardens thank you!

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:03 pm

Wisteria_Gardens

Lumikettu, would you like me to make some kind of tutorial? I won't be making any hairpins for my recent projects, but I may sketch out out

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:03 pm

Lumikettu

Wisteria_Gardens That would be wonderful if you could do that! Thank you!

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:04 pm

Wisteria_Gardens

I promised a help-out tutorial on this one. I know the effect may look horrible, but... It works for me!

http://www.mediafire.com/?vfqiof2k38u70ll

Enjoy :)

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:04 pm

Lumikettu

Wisteria_Gardens Thank you!!

PandaHall is selling these:
http://www.pandahall.com/wholesale/wire ... PD20120214
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(the horseshoe shaped item)

I wonder if they would work if longer hairpins are in need...

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:04 pm

Sarcasm-hime

Those wire guardians are meant for protecting flexible necklace wire; I think they'd be far too small/delicate for hairpins.

For my prongs, I use a heavy-gauge wire and simply bend it into the U-shape (with narrower section at the top) using pliers, so it's all one piece. It's good for making longer prongs if you can't find strong/long hairpins. The ends of the wire do need to be filed smooth though.

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:04 pm

cuttlefishlove

Ooh, that tutorial is REALLY useful! Thank you so much Wisteria_Gardens ...now I can make some traditional style kanzashi!!

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:05 pm

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Yes! Ookini! Now I can get to making my June Maiko set! :kawaii: It is really, really helpful!

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:05 pm

sweet'nsassy

I am late to the game on this one, but Hobby Lobby does sell pins similar to the ones Zipangu sold. You can find them in the jewelry making department.

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:06 pm

Sarcasm-hime

I found some hairpins on the Toho Shoji website (they have a store in NYC): http://www.tohoshoji-ny.com/ (in the metal findings section)

They look about the same size as the Hobby Lobby ones, which are smaller than the heavier/longer ones that Zipangu Treasures used to carry, but better than nothing.

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Re: Help please

Post by Kanzashi Yume » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:06 pm

EruwaedhielElleth

You may have already found what you need, but I figured I'd throw in what I know, just in case anyone here still needs a good hairpin source.

I buy 4" prong hairpins from a shop on Etsy. It's the only source of these hairpins I've been able to find so far, so I really hope they keep them in stock. As others have said, Hobby Lobby does sell 3" pins, but they're kind of expensive for the amount you get in a package, and I've found them to be really too short for most of my larger and heavier kanzashi.

This is the shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91421703/be ... query=pins

They seem to have several different packages available, ranging from a few pins in a package to a large amount.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Help please

Post by appledainty » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:09 pm

When I'm making a traditional style two-prong pin, I buy my components (prong pins, bira-bira, etc) from Keikonoheya on Etsy. The components are authentic, directly from Japan, but can be pricey.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Keikonoheya

I had her get me some Obidome converters too. :) She is excellent to work with and offers very fast shipping.

I also buy hair clip blanks, pin, blanks, alligator clips, etc - anything that doesn't require a two-prong pin - from Ebay or Etsy for cheap. I recently got a bunch of hair pin blanks from this place: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CabochonsDesign

They actually have a lot of useful components. :)

For larger two-prong pieces, I've found the authentic pins easier to work with compared to the large two-prong pins I've gotten from Ebay and Etsy in the past. But the smaller pins from Ebay work well for smaller pieces that won't fit on a single hair pin.

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