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Tsumami Kanzashi Basics Tutorial by EruwaedhielElleth Tsumami Kanzashi Basics Tutorial by EruwaedhielElleth
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: [link]
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!
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spring-sky Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this . I might try it out :aww:
oasiaris Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very helpful tutorial, thanks!
I'm glad it was useful, you're welcome! :)
Given that you made this to be printable on a standard sheet of paper, I think it looks great. I've noticed that most other tutorials online would take many more pages. What you have here is clear and concise!
Thanks for your input, I'm really struggling with formatting things to fit on one paper or .pdf page, since with digital image files you have all the space you need. It's nice to know you find this readable, I guess sometimes I can be too picky with my own work, so it's really good to know what someone else thinks. :)
We're all our own worst critics, really ^_^
Saknika Nov 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
FINALLY. I have been scouring the internet for how to make that particular pointed petal. Honest to god, it did not exist anywhere. Not even in the one book I have. THANK YOU SO MUCH. You are a godsend woman. <3
I'm glad you found it useful! There's another really nice tutorial here: [link], that goes into more detail on putting kanzashi together, if you want another good resource.

And I mean no offense at all to Mrs. Gilleland, but if you're really interested in making tsumami kanzashi, and it's her book you've got, I highly suggest ignoring most of it. It's like a guidebook on how not to make kanzashi. (Cute fabric flowers, yes, but not tsumami kanzashi, they're never sewn, too much control over petal shape is lost that way.) :)
Saknika Nov 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
I wish I could read Japanese, so I could understand the site. :C

It is Mrs. Gilleland's book I have (I actually had to look, I pay no attention to authors LMAO), but I don't really have it for the assembly. I got it for the folds. I do actually sew my flowers together, but in a way that allows me to control the petals... except with really fine silk haha. I'm sure it takes me longer with careful hand-sewing, but I'm terrible with glue. I've only ever seen the technique I use though in one video on YouTube (which is where I got the premiss for sewing them), and since it was in Spanish I had to kind of guess at parts. Pretty much everything else talked about hot glue... which I'm not a fan of in this case. One talked about rice glue though, which I am looking into.

It's hard to imagine that Tsunami Kanzashi aren't sewn though, because I'd imagine the origins are from back when gluing wasn't prevalent. I haven't looked into it (yet), but I know it's an art that's been around for quite a while. So I feel that at one point they had to be sewn simply due to a lack of other good options. But I'll have to look into it to be sure. I can totally understand how glue would allow more control in some ways though for holding the petals open in certain ways.
Oh! I'm so sorry, I guess the link didn't copy and paste properly, (although that site is wonderful for inspiration, the artist has mastered petal types that I'm still struggling to figure out how to fold. XD) Here's the tutorial you're looking for: [link]

And here's another that shows the traditional technique: [link]

If you don't mind listening to a mini-rant, I'll lay my thoughts out about the differences in fabric flowers and tsumami kanzashi here, feel free to ignore if you do mind. :)

The reason only glue is used, is because to truly control the petal shapes, you'll have to be able to "fix" or secure certain points on the petal, base, or surrounding petals, or you're stuck with only a tiny handful of options. sewing might work for some of those types, but glue is definitely necessary for others. Hot glue is popular because it's the quickest setting, although it can get messy and very difficult to remove if it gets in the wrong place, and you have no time to adjust the petal position. It's all just a matter of practice, other glues people use are tacky glue, or milk glue, plastic clamps help hold non-gel glues until they have a little time to set. but once you find a glue you like, you'll really notice the difference.

The only real reason a kanzashi flower might be sewn, would be to fix it to an article of clothing that requires washing, but even then it can't truly be called tsumami kanzashi. It's like knitting and crochet: the techniques use the same materials and produce similar finished items, but they aren't the same. I feel that that particular "kanzashi" book, while well meaning, has really misrepresented what kanzashi actually are. I see more and more generic single layer flowers all the time, masquerading under the name, and few true examples of tsumami kanzashi. Everyone starts somewhere, but a lot of people don't ever try anything more complicated than a bunch of petals in a circle with a button on top, (usually made with a plastic template, which is a giant waste of money, the only folding tools you need is a good pair of tweezers, and maybe a small clamp or two on rare occasions.) because that's what they think represents the craft. And most of the time, the petals aren't even neat, but have a sloppy look to them (and I'm not talking about raw beginners, I mean people who have been doing it for a while and make no attempt to improve.) Sort of like only learning chain-stitch in crochet, and never making anything else.

As for the original techniques, You do have to remember that Japan had different crafting techniques in older times, and therefore supplies. The traditional glue is rice glue, (which was probably the favored technique in older eras because it was easy to make, it's basically mashed glutinous rice and water. It's also used with a variety of other traditional crafts.) You can find recipes for it, although it also takes time to master, and works best with thin silk. It's also the reason so few antique tsumami pieces exist today, because the resulting flowers are extremely fragile.

If you want more info on rice glue and traditional methods, this link is good to check out: [link] (Don't worry, all English, I can't read Japanese either!)

And here's the first of a documentary on youtube, so you can see kanzashi being made: [link] It is in Japanese, but yo can still see what's going on. I believe this video is how many people outside of Japan learned how to do kanzashi before a few started making tutorials.

Thanks for taking the time to read the wall of text, I hope it helps! :)
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