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 Post subject: first try at maple kanzashi!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:54 pm 
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Okay, so I haven't finished yet- I don't have any double-sided tape yet, so I haven't finished wrapping the wires or fastening them to the final hairpeice. But, I'm very happy with what I have so far, so I had to post photos! Sorry there's only two- I'm still wary of sitting the kanzashi down. I still have some adjusting to do of some of the petals (just have to get them wet), but other than that and finishing off the centers I just have to wrap it! Oh- and I didn't want the centers to be silver, but that's all that was left at the store. I'm going to put jewels in the center, anyway, so hopefully they won't be that obvious.

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I dyed the whole peice of fabric yellow, then shaped the petals and attached them to the base, then painted the petals with dilluted fabric dye and a paintbrush and water. It was so fun! I used fabric glue to keep the petals together long enough to attach them to the base with rice glue. (which takes forever to dry- I'm considering nixing that...) I decided not to do the falls and stick to a senior maiko style.

I'll take more pictures when it's done :) Thanks to GoldenPhoenix for the great tutorial and inspiration!

rats- this should have been on the photo page, right?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:58 pm 
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Wow!  Awesome job!!  They look like the real deal! :D  :D  :D

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Wow! What a great start. I have to say my first attempts haven't been good. Yours look fantastic. Can't wait to see when they are finished.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 3:13 pm 
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I love it!  :D

I normally don't like yellow but the color looks great!

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jeni-san22 wrote:
I love it!  :D

I normally don't like yellow but the color looks great!


I know what you mean- I don't like yellow at all, generally. But I Love the way the maple kanzashi looks with a blue kimono! so I had to make one. Plus, it's so much fun painting them the different colors. I'd like to try a crysanthemum next.

thanks for the compliments everyone!


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Yellow kanzashi + Blue kimono... ahh! Gorgeous! What color is the obi?

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hmm...I have several. I'll probably look at some pictures to find some ideas. Right now I have an orange hanhaba, brownish-taupeish nagoya, and white and purple nagoya. I'm not averse to finding another, though!:)

I got inspired by these pictures, so obviously I have a lot more to make! I need a light blue kimono...mine is a brigher blue. Although I'm sure that would look fine, also.

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wow, they look SUPER!!! They really look great! :D!!

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Great job  :lovelove
Looking at your kanzashi I want long hair and wearing them  :kawaii:


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Kokoro wrote:
Great job  :lovelove
Looking at your kanzashi I want long hair and wearing them  :kawaii:


hehe! I think that wearing kanzashi is the only reason why I haven't cut my hair short again!
I think I've awakened my inner painter- my twin sister is an artist, but I never got into it as much. But I Loved painting those flowers! I'd love to try wisteria or willow- anyone know how to get the falls to stay bent like they do? maybe use wire?


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I think leaving it silvery in the centers would be fine too.

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*applauds*  Congrats!  They look FANTASTIC!  I can't wait to see em when they're all done!

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Ok, now I'm inspired to try! Great job. They look lovely and I suspect cost less to make than to purchase. How much skill/patience do you need for this?


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Wow! Beautiful, Songbird :D


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claw789 wrote:
I think leaving it silvery in the centers would be fine too.

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pretty picture! thanks! I'm all conflicted between making something really pretty- like a maiko set, or making something more practical that I will actually wear. I would so love to make something like in the picture above, but the chances of me getting to wear that is so slim...

if reason wins out I'll probably make a smaller peice for the other side (maybe with three flowers and bira-bira), and a comb for the top of the head.
Another advantage to making it simpler is that then I can try different flowers sooner! Willow here I come!

and thanks to everyone for their kind words...I think I've found my new obsession...


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:56 pm 
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ChloeChan wrote:
Ok, now I'm inspired to try! Great job. They look lovely and I suspect cost less to make than to purchase. How much skill/patience do you need for this?


I would definately say that these types of petals are good to start out with- they are easy to fold and don't require much shaping. (on GoldenPhoenixs' tutorial, they are the pointed petals). The hardest part, I think, is making them uniform. I didn't find it difficult to be patient, because the results are pretty much immediate!

So...it's not rocket science, you know, so even though it is a skill that you can refine and streamline and develop, it doesn't take a whole lot of skill initially- just determination. Also, personally I always recommend using good materials, even if you're not great at something. You can't get the same look without using the same things that the real craftsmen use ( I also apply this to making clothes)- so in making my kanzashi I used silk and silk dyes, and real crystals, etc. That way, even if it's not perfect, it will have the right look and encourage me to continue :)


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Fabulous job, Songbird!  :D

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SONGBIRD516 wrote:
claw789 wrote:
I think leaving it silvery in the centers would be fine too.

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pretty picture! thanks! I'm all conflicted between making something really pretty- like a maiko set, or making something more practical that I will actually wear. I would so love to make something like in the picture above, but the chances of me getting to wear that is so slim...

if reason wins out I'll probably make a smaller peice for the other side (maybe with three flowers and bira-bira), and a comb for the top of the head.
Another advantage to making it simpler is that then I can try different flowers sooner! Willow here I come!

and thanks to everyone for their kind words...I think I've found my new obsession...


i'd wear a maiko ste if i had the hair, at any time probably, even though my friend would probably find such things tacky

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kaijou wrote:
Fabulous job, Songbird!  :D


whoo hoo! high praise!
I've been saving pics of yours to give me inspiration- don't worry, I've never stayed at any hobby long enough to make money off of it :)


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OMG kaijou! You have willow kanzishi for sale!  :D Do you know how long I've been looking for this? (well, only about a month, but when I want something, I want it immediately)Anyway, I'm pumped! Must...have...kanzishi!


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