Pink kanzashi flower clip

I have made my first foray into kanzashi flower crafting!

A kanzashi is a traditional hair piece, often floral, used in Japanese hairstyles. These days, the term can refer to folded fabric flowers.

Here is a handy link to the tutorial that I used. Thanks, Crafty Angels! It’s great for starters like me.

I’d start with a very wide ribbon so you can get used to the steps. My mauve-coloured ribbon here is 5cm wide.

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Blue goldstone – Stellar light

Goldstone is a manmade stone with differently coloured specks of cobalt and manganese suspended in the stone to create a sparkle effect.

This version uses blue goldstone – a red goldstone is just as common and has flecks of copper. Some people like to call it ‘starstone’ instead.

I wrapped this using sterling silver wire and nothing else as I wanted to leave the stone mostly unobstructed by wires and other crystals.

Materials used: blue goldstone cabochon, 0.80mm and 0.40mm sterling silver wire

Hair clip tidy – WIP

I recently got into hair clip fever! I had a look at my massive stash of ribbons and decided to use them all for hair clips.

I ordered a lot of alligator and straight hair clips and got to work. Currently it’s looking mostly blue, but I’ll buy more colours soon…

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Origami lily jar

It’s been a while since I did this. Here are the steps I took to assemble my own origami lily jar.

First, fold a number of origami lilies. I folded 10, one for each colour in a pack that I recently acquired.

Then, I attached wired gold and white pearls to florist’s wire and inserted one into each flower. I wanted to emulate some stamens as a new touch.

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Easter-themed chocolate cake

I had a bunch of friends coming over for the Easter weekend, so I baked a cake for everyone… and mainly for myself, haha.

I made a three-layered chocolate cake and covered the whole thing in chocolate buttercream icing. Then I stuck Kit Kats around the sides of the cake and used a ribbon to stick it together.

I then piped green vanilla-flavoured buttercream icing. I used a grass nozzle for this, although I was a bit hasty with trying to finish the piping in one go and ended up ruining some parts of the top, as you can see…

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