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Kusudama by Arleen Kusudama by Arleen
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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It's a beautiful kusudama :) I will try it in the future ^^
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
O_O I make kusudama quite a bit, but this is kanzashi style, and only SIX CM?!?!??!?!?!

*face of absolute awe + shock + whatever other awestruck emotion you can think of*
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Arleen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, and it was bigger than I planned - bur they didn't have smaller foam balls.

Thank you for such kind words! I appreciate them very much (I suck at receiving complements which I really do appreciate, don't I?) :)
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
O_O BIGGER?!?!?!
*faints* XD

You're welcome. Good kanzashi artisans always have a place of high respect in me ^^
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Arleen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^

I loved your kusudama, they are very elaborate!
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arielyiningloh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks ^^
I have yet to try it using cloth though...thanks for the inspiration! ^^ <3
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icaroalmeida Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Wonderful ... Where can I learn how to make one of these?
Thank you.
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Arleen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, there isn't a place where you can - I fugured out how to make it mysef ^^

Thanks!
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CovenEye Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Wow, really lovely color
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InoNeko Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student Artist
Wygląda naprawdę imponująco! Nie wiem, czy mi8ałabym cierpliwość składać coś takiego tyle godzin!
Tym bardziej więc podziwiam za upór! :D
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thedrunkenprincess Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Niiiice. I still can't manage to do a ball.
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offgenemi Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
gorgeous!!! I love kusudama, I wish I had more patience so complete some :)
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^ I'm really happy that You like it, as you're of of my fav artists!
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offgenemi Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
that is soo sweet! thank you! I am honored :)
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Enjoycake Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
T^T You should make a tutorial for that. XD

It looks so cute. :3
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, but I'm really sorry, I probably won't be doing a tutorial on this...
Mostly because this one simply requires more patience and time, than a tutorial :3
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Enjoycake Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ahh T^T Too bad. :/

Oh well *sigh.* It does look really good though. :3
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's really easy to make one - all you need is a foam ball and time, really. I'll be making another one probably, so maybe I'll make some walk-through or something.
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Enjoycake Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooohh I thought it was actually layers of silk petals O_O I thought you would have to spend like a week making them.But then again a foam ball would be much much easier.
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh no, that would be a waste of silk! :)
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Enjoycake Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe I guess you're right =_='

>_> Whoops :3 Oh well my bad. XD
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it's all a matter of experience and knowing the trade ^^
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gizemko3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
jakie urocze ^^
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dzięki ^^
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Oh, how pretty. :heart: lovely take on this classic design. Your color choices are quite nice.
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^ Great to hear this from a gifted artist!
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
:love: it's really a great pleasure to be surrounded by wonderful artists in the fiber craft world, and within it, your kanzashi are quite grand~ :love:
^_^ it's fun that all of us have different styles, too! :heart:
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TheOneMarina Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
who would have thought that that little thing has 200 petals
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would XD But to be serious, I can feel each ane every one on my fingers!
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TheOneMarina Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
and i believe you,dont you worry :)
they dont say "looks can be deceiving" for nothing :)

amazing work, this one
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TsukiAnni Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh wow that'awesome! :D
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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cyborgagent017 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Amazing!
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) I put all my free Friday and part od the weekend in it :)
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is absolutely beautiful!
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Arleen Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^ Worked hard on this one! I'm planning a next one though, seven colors of the rainbow!
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: that sounds awesome!
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