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summer sunflowers: hand dyed kanzashi hair flowers by hanatsukuri summer sunflowers: hand dyed kanzashi hair flowers :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 50 19 Peony and Dancing Crane Kanzashi. Tsumami Zaiku. by hanatsukuri Peony and Dancing Crane Kanzashi. Tsumami Zaiku. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 39 7 Junior Maiko Kanzashi set: maiko henshin February by hanatsukuri Junior Maiko Kanzashi set: maiko henshin February :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 62 8 White Ume Kanzashi: Senior maiko plum blossom by hanatsukuri White Ume Kanzashi: Senior maiko plum blossom :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 76 33 Senior Ume Kanzashi mini maiko: layered comb by hanatsukuri Senior Ume Kanzashi mini maiko: layered comb :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 24 10 Silver + gold koi tsumami zaiku. Handmade kanzashi by hanatsukuri Silver + gold koi tsumami zaiku. Handmade kanzashi :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 20 4 Bleeding hearts Kanzashi in kimono silk on a comb by hanatsukuri Bleeding hearts Kanzashi in kimono silk on a comb :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 27 18 Dancing Cranes: silk kanzashi tsumami zaiku combs. by hanatsukuri Dancing Cranes: silk kanzashi tsumami zaiku combs. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 34 6 Flying Cranes kanzashi: tsumami zaiku silk hairpin by hanatsukuri Flying Cranes kanzashi: tsumami zaiku silk hairpin :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 53 12 Tsumami Zaiku Lotus and Cherry Blossom kanzashi. by hanatsukuri Tsumami Zaiku Lotus and Cherry Blossom kanzashi. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 42 11 My fair lady...a blue spring pastel party kanzashi by hanatsukuri My fair lady...a blue spring pastel party kanzashi :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 29 9 White Cherry Blossoms in Tsumami Zaiku, Kanzashi. by hanatsukuri White Cherry Blossoms in Tsumami Zaiku, Kanzashi. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 46 6 Plum Blossom Clip in kimono silk. by hanatsukuri Plum Blossom Clip in kimono silk. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 57 7 Silk Kimono Kanzashi and Bunny Tsumami Zaiku clip by hanatsukuri Silk Kimono Kanzashi and Bunny Tsumami Zaiku clip :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 78 5 Cream and Silver Lotus for Wedding.  Hana Kanzashi by hanatsukuri Cream and Silver Lotus for Wedding. Hana Kanzashi :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 54 7 Bleeding Hearts in Kimono Fabric. Ornaments. by hanatsukuri Bleeding Hearts in Kimono Fabric. Ornaments. :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 52 15
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Quick little feature this time for a few deviations submitted to our gallery with under 60~ favs. Remember, don't ask to be featured- just submit to the gallery for a chance to be!
I love you by KaihaiiHome by IwalTdohE[R] Xander by justinnsmThe Manc by TheGrimMeanieDie kleinen Schoenheiten. by NiissiThe Railroad Cinderella by joufancyhuhTake A Break by ChibiPyroAkidearest by AryannaDrawsFreeeeze! by ShyngyskhanAlexander Hamilton - Angelica and Eliza Schuyler by laoanKyouko Machi - Demi-chan fanart by lazy-TimeThe Amazing World of Gumball - Penny and Gumball by laoanHappy birthday to my favourite martial artist by GodOfBadWeatherSome art nerd by ThePandoraDA02 by s-rixAnimation - Yellow Shark [Link Below] by LauraRamirezWhite Ume Kanzashi: Senior maiko plum blossom by hanatsukuriLeather Tobacco Pouch Okami by ChibiPyroComision (Lexy-Catson) by KaihaiiTis The Season by PUNPANICHope As Mirai Kuriyama [Commission] by Drikkzgesagt[Commission]Kae by Gobi-the-dog
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Don't Hang Your Head by indigoatmosphere Don't Hang Your Head :iconindigoatmosphere:indigoatmosphere 36 12 You Missed by indigoatmosphere You Missed :iconindigoatmosphere:indigoatmosphere 71 31 this is not a gift for an ordinary girl by starsinmyteacup this is not a gift for an ordinary girl :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 5 2 Rosemary Moth by starsinmyteacup Rosemary Moth :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 1 6 archangel zadkiel bracelet by starsinmyteacup archangel zadkiel bracelet :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 2 0 archangel michael bracelet by starsinmyteacup archangel michael bracelet :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 3 3 when they wander into their cage by starsinmyteacup when they wander into their cage :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 3 2 January Maiko by poppy4ever January Maiko :iconpoppy4ever:poppy4ever 19 10 Yuri on Ice (Victuuri) by Mikkapi Yuri on Ice (Victuuri) :iconmikkapi:Mikkapi 2,982 176 arfvedsonite and rainbow moonstone bracelet by starsinmyteacup arfvedsonite and rainbow moonstone bracelet :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 1 3 Koi dragon by Papier-san Koi dragon :iconpapier-san:Papier-san 41 20 skeletal amethyst and moss agate bracelet by starsinmyteacup skeletal amethyst and moss agate bracelet :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 3 2 Instax03 by starsinmyteacup Instax03 :iconstarsinmyteacup:starsinmyteacup 1 2 White and Purple Wisteria 268 by japanesesilkflowers White and Purple Wisteria 268 :iconjapanesesilkflowers:japanesesilkflowers 39 9 Musume Dojoji: Dance of the Serpent by shirogiku Musume Dojoji: Dance of the Serpent :iconshirogiku:shirogiku 9 3
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summer sunflowers: hand dyed kanzashi hair flowers

Summer, the time for the lovely sunflower! It's a great accessory for a wonderful hair do... warm and cheerful. I used silk which I hand dyed with gradation for the soft petals, and brown kimono fabric and a vintage button for an all original design.

I like the golden color...with cadmium yellow and goldenrod accents...because it's really energetic and genki. It's like a little sun. :nod: hope my friend likes it.

ひまわり 🌻 素敵な のイメージですので、手染めの正絹で柔らかい花びらを表現してみました。丸い花びらは優しい気持ち! 元気を浮かんでくる色合いをイメージしてデザインしましたので、赤支子 (オレンジ・黄色)に染めた。

やっとう引っ越しが終りましたので、体調が良くなったらもっとつまみ細工を作りたいです!

So the round petal one is for my friend Quyen.

...in other news, I finally have internet in my home. :nod: And I've successfully moved to Japan-- next step-- work on art more. *Sheepish* my etsy is back up, btw!

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Peony and Dancing Crane Kanzashi. Tsumami Zaiku.
Tsumami zaiku is a kind of fabric art. I used habutae silk for the crane, and charmeuse for the peony. The peony has unique trailing bamboo that my friend asked for. :D 

Cranes are well known symbols of longevity, and often are wedding themes or "start" of a venture, since it promises a long lasting effect. I hope that this crane can give strength to my friend's story, and that the strong peony flower reminds her of spring when winter's still around. ^^ 

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Junior Maiko Kanzashi set: maiko henshin February
Ah, so did you know I was making a junior maiko ume set? ^^ I may have forgotten to mention it here. ^^; This is part of my mini-maiko series. It's "mini" because there are fewer flowers in the bouquet, and the petals themselves are quite small. It suits even someone with a small face, or without the traditional nihongami. (Nihongami = a Japanese hair style that you see on geisha and apprentice geisha, called maiko). 

This took forever. :heart: easily more than 30 hours, but photographing it was so fun. It is for sale, btw, but I'm going to send it to my friend in Texas to sell for me. ^^~~ if you want this exact one, I could be convinced to list it on etsy for you. :wink kiss: 

So, another plum design~ it's easier to see that I love plum blossoms now, isn't it? But I don't get asked for them as often as other flowers. ^^ the scent is sooo pretty tho...heavenly. 

This one has well over one hundred petals. I hand dyed the habutae silk in a light shade of rose pink, a gorgeous scarlet, and natural white habutae. I love the way it folds. Very crisp; very suited to this kind of kanzashi. 

Kanzashi, as it's called in English, is a kind of Japanese craft called 'tsumami zaiku.' It's where I cut silk into squares, fold them into individual petals, arrange them into flowers or dangling petals, and wrap them together into hairpins. Feel free to check out :icontzartisans: if you'd like to see more~ 

I'm on etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/hanatsukuri?…;
And on instagram: www.instagram.com/brightwish.k…;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brightwishkan…;

Thank you for looking~ 

Thoughts? Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Kawaii Happy Dance) V6 
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White Ume Kanzashi: Senior maiko plum blossom
A close up on this lush white cloud. :nod: This one is made of habutae (the traditional kind of silk used in kanzashi making), and has lots of layers. Blush emoticon I wanted to finish it before February (the month for plum blossoms), but I was super busy.... 

On etsy: Etsy Social Smiley  www.etsy.com/listing/505391510…;Etsy Icon 

Anyway, this one is a senior maiko design.cherry blossom Pink Flower It's one of my favorites! The little red stamens, the layered silk petals, the glorious white cloud-ness...yes. I love this one.   :PeachBlossom: 

Maiko, or apprentice geisha, wear different flowers in their hair every month, and while less experienced maiko have more shidare (dangling petals), brighter colors, and generally a lot of "cute!!" and complicate designs, this one is easily a favorite because it's so well balanced...and just gorgeous. :nod: 

This technique is a traditional Japanese one-- it's called tsumami zaiku, popularly known as kanzashi. Small Floating Cloud - F2U!  it's like folding origami of silk squares, and setting them with glue. :huggle: 


So, thoughts? 
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Senior Ume Kanzashi mini maiko: layered comb
Habutae anyone? This comb is made with layers and layers of gorgeous habutae silk. ^^ it folds very nicely~ I like it because it looks like a cloud. Cute Emoticon Blushing it's one of my favorite kanzashi designs (actually, I think it's many kanzashi makers' favs! a lot of my friends over at :icontzartisans: have made similar takes on the traditional design. :D Mine is done in white, with lots and lots of hand wrapped stamens. I was seriously making stamens for...the better part of the afternoon. Blush Emote but the stamens really make this piece for me, so I included lots. 

So, as compared to senior maiko kanzashi, this one actually has fewer layers, has fewer accompanying flowers, and is generally smaller than the official ones maiko would use. It's still a big, gorgeous flower tho, and very capable of arresting attention. I love it. :nod: 

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hanatsukuri
Mei: Textile Artist
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Do let me know if you'd need a custom kanzashi for the new year or other holidays. :huggle: I'll be getting busy as December gets on its way, so let me know as soon as you can so I can make it in time for your deadline! :huggle:

I've currently got a small list of things I'm making for people, but I still have time for more.

In other news, check out :icontzarisans: for other kanzashi artists submissions, and a few tutorials~ 

Are there any particular kanzashi flowers you want to learn to make? There's also a survey going on for another month: goo.gl/forms/NzH9c4IPiAGwr1Zj2  it has 14 questions, and uses pictures to illustrate the choices. However, we won't be copying any of the pictures to make tutorials; we'll make all-new but traditional-inspired designs. :nod: 

Hope you're having a lovely weekend~

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Ella-handmade Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the Llama.
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PuppitProductions Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday guys!
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
Thank you~~ so sorry for the late reply! :huggle:
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PuppitProductions Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh that's allright- a reply wasn't really needed in the first place, and I often let my message board to get cluttered as well :)
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dykroon-chan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Happy birthday =)
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
Thank you~~ so sorry for the late reply!
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You welcome =)
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Happy Birthday Mei !
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
Thank you~~ so sorry for the late reply!
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happy birthday :D
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