Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gorgeous Japanese Chiyogami Paper Sew On Buttons - Ume - Plum Blossom by SouZouCreations on Etsy

These are gorgeous! The paper is chiyogami paper with red and white ume (plum blossoms). There is gold in the center of the blossom adding a touch of elegance.

Each one 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 would be perfect for decorating bags, collages etc. You could also use them to make hair accessories, magnets etc.

They measure 1 1/2" (3.81cm). The ones in the picture are the ones you will receive.

Chiyogami has a long past but today the decorative patterns are silkscreened onto machinemade 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 silkscreened 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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