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Well, a lot of people have been asking me to create a tsumami kanzashi tutorial. So here's part 2.

Other parts:
Part 1: Preparing your Fabric [link]
Part 2: Petal Folding
Part 3: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base [link]
Part 4: Making your Own Kanzashi - Basic Flower [link]
Part 5: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base for Falls [link]
Part 6: Making your Own Kanzashi - Falls [link]
Part 7: Making your Own Kanzashi - Finishing Touches [link]
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Well, a lot of people have been asking me to create a tsumami kanzashi tutorial. So here's part 3.

Other parts:
Part 1: Preparing your Fabric [link]
Part 2: Petal Folding [link]
Part 3: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base
Part 4: Making your Own Kanzashi - Basic Flower [link]
Part 5: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base for Falls [link]
Part 6: Making your Own Kanzashi - Falls [link]
Part 7: Making your Own Kanzashi - Finishing Touches [link]
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Well, a lot of people have been asking me to create a tsumami kanzashi tutorial. So here's part 6.

Other parts:
Part 1: Preparing your Fabric [link]
Part 2: Petal Folding [link]
Part 3: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base [link]
Part 4: Making your Own Kanzashi - Basic Flower [link]
Part 5: Making your Own Kanzashi - Base for Falls [link]
Part 6: Making your Own Kanzashi - Falls
Part 7: Making your Own Kanzashi - Finishing Touches [link]
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UPDATE: I've made some quick video tutorials on basic kanzashi petals, you can see them here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIwh…

I decided to make a chart of all the kanzashi petal types I know how to make. I'm pretty certain only a small handful are actually traditional kanzashi techniques, but I've seen all of these types floating around the internet at one time or another, and I thought it would be neat to get them all in one place. These are all made from crisp fabrics, softer fabrics will look a little different.

I'm thinking about doing a short set of tutorials detailing how to make each petal, as an aide to anyone who doesn't want to scour the internet for individual instructions. Maybe I can compile them into a .pdf or something for easy storage. I'm also working on a brush set for kanzashi artists who use their computer paint programs to design. I've planned a few kanzashi that way and I have found it useful.

What do you think? Is anyone interested?


Chart list: (Please note that I don't know the actual names of the petals, these are just what I call them.)

1. reverse round petal
2. reverse round petal variation: inside pinch
3. reverse round petal variation: outside pinch
4. reverse round petal variation: outside edges pinched together
5. stacked round petals (nestled in on top of each other, can also be done with pointed or mixed petals)
6. concentric round petals
7. concentric pointed petals
8. pleated round petal
9. reverse of pleated round petal (slightly more concave)
10. pleated pointed petal
11. narrow pleated round petal (Squarish edge)
12. narrow pleated pointed petal
13. single pleat pointed petal (like what you get from a Clover brand kanzashi template)
14. doubled round petal
15. doubled pointed petal
16. standard pointed petal closed
17. standard pointed petal open
18. reverse pointed petal (good for lilies, poinsettias)
19. reverse pointed petal trimmed to lay flat
20. convex pointed petal
21. other side of no. 13
22. concave pointed petal
23. standard round petal open
24. standard round petal closed
25. standard round petal variation: inside pinch (sakura)
26. standard round petal variation: outside pinch (bellflower)
27. standard round petal variation: two inside pinches
28. standard round petal variation: pinched corners
29. long and narrow round petal
30. long and narrow pointed petal
(standard round and pointed petals made from large squares of fabric and trimmed, can be starched into different shapes)
31. triangle (rose petal, can also be rolled to make buds)
32. diamond
33. squared sides
34. morning glory puff petal


You always want to trim loose threads off your petal before you glue them down, but whether you trim the base and end or not depends on

what angle you want the petal to sit. If you leave the end intact, you can flip your petal around and have a pointed petal with a wide base for designs like stars. You just have to make sure the edge is sealed to prevent fraying.

If you choose not to trim the base, your petals will have a sharper angle, and in the case of the round petal, the base will be wide and spread out. This works well for bellflower or sakura designs.

I have also seen kanzashi with notches or designs snipped into the ends, especially carnation types or other flowers with ragged edges. If you do this, use glue or rice paste and seal the edges well.
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The craft stores in my area have a disappointing lack of floral craft supplies, and all I can get are plain white and pearl coated stamens for my kanzashi. So I found a way to make my own! It's cheap, easy, and I can have as many colors as I want! :)

I apologize in advance for any typos, I put this together rather quickly.

materials needed:

Acrylic paints, hotglue, wire, spray gloss.
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This is the kanzashi tutorial I put together for my library display. (I know it's not really needed here on dA, there are several other, better ones, but I feel like uploading it to my gallery anyway, just 'cause. Maybe someone out there doesn't know how to use a glue gun XP)

Here's the display it was made for: fav.me/d5k4uac
There are links on there because it was meant to be printed out so people could take one home, although I'm doubtful that anyone will actually take time to type all that in. XD

If nothing else, maybe one of you can tell me how to put together a better tutorial, because this one feels cluttered to me and barely fit on the page. Is there anything unnecessary on here, in your opinion? I've been trying to think of the best way to layout the pictures and text for the projects in my kanzashi book, (although I'll have more room to work with there at least.) Any suggestions on a style or tutorial layout that you find pleasant to read and could see being done in book format? I'd love to hear!

Remember to download this tutorial for a better view!

UPDATE: I've made some quick video tutorials on basic kanzashi petals, you can see them here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIwh…
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Continuation from: [link]

This part has the "how to wear kanzashi" bit, actually. ^_^

You can see more detailed descriptions here:
:heart: Comb: [link]
:heart: Prong: [link]

EDIT:
Pattern overlay from: [link]

Made pretty by the lovely :iconmisticloudz:! She put borders around the photos, arranged the text, and generally picked the color scheme. Wonderful job done, don't you think?? :)

Thoughts?
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It is a Work In Progress! Let me know if this is not what you expected-- if that's the case, please elaborate.

I thought it was fairly self explanatory how to actually stick a hair stick/prong in, so that page has less steps and photos. If this works, though, also let me know! Next page: inserting the hair stick! (Page 2: [link] )

Maybe 3 or 4 more hair styles to come...if that's what you guys were looking for, I mean. ^_^

Here's the hair pictures bigger: [link]

Pattern overlay from: [link]

Design-worthy layout, color scheme of bg and text formatting by the wonderful :iconmisticloudz:. Say THANK YOU for making it pretty, yeah?? :D :D :D


Onto the next page: Page 2: [link]
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Gentle pink, light kiss. :heart:

:D this one is promised to a friend. :heart: I shall probably make another for Sakura-Month (April...)

The dye job on this...took a while...individually pinching 60 petals also took a while. *Dies* what an elaborate piece...!

So, yes, yet another of my tsumami * kanzashi (pinched * ornate hair pin). Kanzashi are made (much like origami), where each petal was a square--and then was folded into a petal shape. Then you arrange it, etc, etc. :D it takes a very long time...

Thoughts?

Here's the sister pieces: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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This is how I make my flowers, keep in mind it's not the traditional way. It's a whole lot simpler in my opinion, but if you still have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
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Since I was making one for my newly remade Kotoko cosplay, I thought I'd take pictures as I go, because I've heard from a few people that they don't know how to make these pre-tied obi's, like you can purchase to wear with yukata and komon in Japan.

All of this is my own experimentation on how to do it, I do not know if it is the same as how they do it in Japan. I looked at as many pictures as I could find of one's you can purchase, and built this idea from that.

:star: You don't need to wire this bow! If you do, it will usually turn out looking like poop!

If you're having problems with getting it stiff enough, you're not using heavy enough interfacing! Add another layer on the other side, or go get yourself some heavier, collar weight interfacing.

Again, wiring this bow will make it look like poo ~ I developed this method so that you don't need wire (except in very rare circumstances, like bat-wing shaped bows) to get this to keep it's shape...

:star:

I do not have the information on how to make the sash in this, so I'll summarize them here:

- Take two strips of fabric, 2x the width you'd like the finished sash to be (I choose a 5" wide sash, so I cut two strips 10" wide). Add 1" seam allowance.
-- Ex: So, I cut 2 strips 11" by the width of the fabric (usually 45" or 60")
- Sew up the ends, making one really long sash
- Sew it into a tube, with right sides together
- Turn the tube right-side out
- Press
- Finish the edges of the sash, usually by tucking in the raw edges and pressing

You then take that sash and wrap it around your body usually 2-3 times, tucking the end in where you want the bow to be (this may take a few tries to get it placed right - I had to redo mine 3 times before I wound up with the edge in the front, to tuck in).

:star:

Let me know if this helps you out! I hope it does, because it's a lot easier to do than I had expected it would be!

Please do not redistribute this without asking me first! I want to know what sites these appear on!
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:pointr: :pointr: :pointr: You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file, as it's a PDF. You can download it here.

:star: Please, if you :+fav: or Download, please leave a comment and let me know what you think! :star:

Here is a tutorial that I've meant to do for a while now, but really pushed to have finished before school started.

This is basically how I draft my kimono/yukata and faki-mono outfits (flip through my gallery for examples of some of them). A lot of people seem to have problems with them, and I had a lot of requests for this tutorial, so I hope you all appreciate the 8 hours it took to do this (and in a PDF, no less!)

This is really detailed, so that if you're new to sewing, you can follow it! If ~kellin could follow it, I have no doubt anyone can do this! So give it a try!!

I tried to document every step that you need to do as clearly as possible, so you shouldn't get lost! With lots and lots of technical illustrations!

:star: You may also find my Pre Tied Obi Tutorial [link] useful in addition to this one, so check it out! :star:

I think there could still be a few spelling/gramatical errors floating in this, so I'm sorry about those! Also, this is the first time I've made a PDF, so please be kind and let me know if there are any issues - I've checked and re-checked it through, but if I did something weird, please let me know. I'm still new to using InDesign (most of the work was done in Illustrator) so there may be some issues there :D

I would ask that you do not sell anything you make with this tutorial. I know that there isn't a way to enforce this, so I'm appealing to your conscience.

Any questions? Just ask! I'm always glad to answer!

If you make something from this tutorial, throw me a link so I can see! That's the reason why I do tutorials, to see what other people can come up with!!

(c) 2007 Samantha Lemieux [link]
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Tutorial dedicated to ~MedeaHiasobi

Done for a cosplay reference thing, and many people probably know this already (another case of having the camera around while shooting the zipper tutorial.

But, it is still useful - I really kind of cringe when I see people with beautiful outfits, but then they just tack the bias tape on the top (it's even worse when they don't even use bias tape, and just use strips of fabric regularly *shivers*)

It really is a very quick thing to do, and takes as much effort (and time) as top stitching it in place does, so why not do it the nicer way? That's my theory, at least.

So, I hope someone out there finds this useful, and not too confusing ;P I'll try to make a tutorial on how to make your own bias tape, but that's something easily found in most sewing books, so... yeah... let me know if you'd like it done, though, so I know.

2008 `taeliac ~ Samantha Lemieux ~ Taeliac Studio Cosplay
Please do not redistribute/reuse without permission
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Guidelines for making easy and good-looking bases fr kanzashi :)

Hope it is helpful and do not hestitate to ask me anything!

Another type of base for kanzashi -> [link]

Check out also my Kanzashi FAQ set on FLICKR! -> [link]
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A small kitsuke tutorial - my first one, but if the last - that depends on You there if this is of any use to anyone.

I had some trouble with folding my kimono, and one of my friends had no idea how to do it - and since we can't meet to teach her to do this, I've made this.

I was planning to make another one - with description of types of kimono or aboutf kitsuke accesories, but I don't know if it's useful to anyone.

Let me know if this is helpful!

I believe that the background brushes are from :icondarkgarden:'s gallery, but I've changed my computer... Please let me know if I credit te right/wrong person!

PLEASE, if You'd like to re-post this - ASK fist.

btw, got my pins back... maybe I'll run the etsy finally...
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Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.

It took ma around 26 hours to do - dye, starch and cut the textiles, fold the petals (around 200) and glue them onto a foam base. I've also made the tassel, because I couldn't find a right one.

Kusudama is around 6cm big,.

It's a February motif of kanzashi, quite elaborate.

I messed up the finish a tiny bit, but now I know how to avoid that :D
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Tutorial on how to make this knot: [link]
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It talks by itself ^^
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Tutorial on how to make this knot: [link]
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my 2nd tutorial :)
if you've missed my wire-wrapping tut, check it : [link]

this one works well with sterling silver, silver plated and copper wire too :nod:
if you have any questions about it, don't hesitate but ask me (in a comment please, so as others would also see it and learn from it)
hope you'll like it!
:sun:
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Here is the tutorial as i promised :)
This piece is very similar to the iceberg pendant i made a while ago, but a little easier to create: [link]

i hope you'll find it useful!

if you have any questions about it, don't hesitate but ask me (in a comment please, so as others would also see it and learn from it)

if U use it, please give credit and send me a link.. i'm curious! :nod:

million thanks to :heart: :iconwhoisnot: :heart: for the lot of help!!

please, enjoy!
:sun:
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I wanted to make myself a new necklace display, and I thought some of you might be interested in a tutorial :)
I hope you'll like it!

I use a home made glue for paper mache, it's almost free and non-toxic!

Recipe:

You need 1 cup (2dl) of cold water and 1 tablespoon of flour.

Cook the mix over a low heat and stir it continuosly until you get a thick and opaque colored thingie :)
It takes only a few minutes.
Let it cool, and it's ready to use!
You can store it in the fridge for about a week.

(if you're young, ask for an adult's help!!)

If you use my tutorial, plz, give me credit, and send me a link of your display, i'd love to see what you create! :excited:
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Full size version is 1200 pixels wide and very very long :D

I planned to make this tutorial for months but never got around to actually making it. I finally took the pictures while working on christmas presents.

If you have any questions, let me know!

Oh, and here are a few links to paperstar tutorials, in case you haven't tried to make them yet (I just grabbed a bunch of tutorials from the search, there are tons more out there :) ):
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I told you it's coming, and here it is!
This huge ass file almost killed my computer :| Took me hours to work on it because every step would take minutes to work and locked down all the memory so I couldn't do anything else :o
Granted, the original is about three times as big as the version I uploaded here, but it's still big. If you hit the download button, you can get a 1200 pixels wide version.

If you use it, please send me a link to your work, I'd love to see the results and make a little collection with them :D

Bookmarks I have made with this technique:
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Original is 1200 pixels wide, hit Download on the left to see the full size version.

So, this is how I made a bunch of fridge magnets as Christmas presents. My friends and family really liked these, though some images were a bit too small to be recognized, so try to use clear images with high contrast and not too much clutter!

If you use this tutorial, I'd love to see your results!
Other magnets I made like this:
[link]


Since my two lovely models were mentioned in the tutorial, here are links to their websites:
Clawfinger
Metal-Tigger
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a "How to make ribbons/bows" tutorial. i've been making alot of bows lately and a friend of mine asked me how i made them so i made this tutorial! Hope it helps you out.
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A purple Kanzashi i made today. It has three main flowers and two falls below it. bead work was added to give it more effect.

Close up view: [link]

Mint green version: [link]
Peach/Pink version: [link]

Materials used:
-Lilac crepe fabric
-gold filigree bead halves
-white pearl beads
-gold metalic cord
-hot glue
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Trio set of Mint green, Peach and Lilac Kanzashi.

Mint version: [link]
Peach version: [link]
Lilac version: [link]

Materials used:
-Lilac, Mint, Peach crepe fabrics
-gold filigree bead halves
-white pearl beads
-gold metalic cord
-hot glue
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