Restarting Website, and My First Custom-Made Item October 1, 2016 – Posted in: Accessories, Crafts – Tags: accessories, chrysanthemum, Hair pin, Japanese Traditional Art, Kanzashi, Tsumami-zaiku
It has been a very long time since I wrote anything here. I wish I could do a bit more work on the website but I’m not exactly good at writing. I have been using Instagram and Facebook to showcase my work because they are more picture-orientated, but I guess it is also important to have a website of ourselves in case anything goes wrong. I guess it will be easier for me if I write shorter articles but do it more often.
Anyway, since June, I have been putting all effort into making Tsumami-zaiku accessories. From then on, Tsumami-zaiku accessories have been the focus of our range of crafts. My skills have kept improving and I have gained more confidence on my crafts in these few months.
First Custom-Made Order
Perhaps one of the most memorable things happened in this period was my first ever custom-made order. I received a message on Etsy asking me if I could make a hairpin that based on one of my previous design but with a different colour scheme. This customer is a cosplayer of Japanese Animes. To give me a better understanding of what she was hoping for, she also sent me a picture of the character that she wanted to dress up as.
Side tracking a bit, I don’t know much about Anime and I was curious, so I did a little image search. The anime character is Wataru Hibiki from the Ensemble Star.
Anyway, I think the overall the shape of the hairpin in the illustration is similar to my original work. I just need to change the colours. After we had a chat and talked through a few things like how to mount the flower and what embellishment to use, I started working on the hairpin. Below is a picture showing how it looks like. My customer was very happy when she received the hairpin and she wore it with her costume to a comic convention. Of course, I was very happy too.
Since then I had received a few other custom orders for other things. Sometimes people don’t really have anything in mind and just want to have something special. In that case, I would gather some information about the person who will be using the product, and base on that I would decide what flowers and colours to use. (I will talk about those orders in another post.) Making a craft especially for someone is very enjoyable and every experience is unique, so I really enjoy working on custom orders.