Sunday, January 11, 2009

Handmade Beautiful Japanese Chiyogami Paper Sew On Buttons-Floral

I had so much fun making these and if I do say so myself-these are really beautiful! There are 5 buttons each with gorgeous flowers on a black background. There is lots of gold to add a touch of elegance to these buttons. Each is handmade by me using fabulous chiyogami paper and aluminum buttons. I applied multiple coatings of an acrylic resin that is made by a Japanese paper company. This resin is made specifically for Japanese paper as it keeps the paper from turning yellow.Even though these are sealed, they are made from paper and therefore should only be used on items that don't need to be washed. They measure 23mm or .7 inches.
Chiyogami has a long past but today the decorative patterns are silk screened onto machine made sheets of paper that is a mix of kozo ( a deciduous tree indigenous to Shikoku and Kyushu Islands in Japan) and sulphite (sulphite is used to keep the price reasonable). To create 1 piece of gorgeous chiyogami, a sheet of paper is silk screened by hand with each individual color. Between applications of color, the sheets are dried on racks. You can imagine how time consuming and difficult it must be to line up each color in relation to the pattern!

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