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Magnolias update 1 ......

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Over the last few weeks I've been working on a cutout of magnolias. It's rather a large piece around 30cms by 20 cms and I think at this stage I'll use them for the sides of a box.
I've been taking the cutout piece along to our hanji group each week as I find that I need to be doing something that I can stop at anytime if the ladies have questions about their work.  They're generally quite confident  but there's always that new project that we may need to talk about or  the need for a spare pair of hands to hold things together whilst the glue dries.
Most of us in the group have  been meeting for nearly 2 years now and together we've produced some great items. Mainly lamps but small boxes of different shapes and sizes as well. Working in a group helps us all to bounce ideas off one another and to share a common interest whilst enjoying one another's company.
I've printed off a spare copy of the magnolias cutouts and I've now shaded in the colo…

Creative processes......

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When doing a project it's always a very creative process when you come to choosing the  types and colours of the papers you want to use and then the patterns or designs that will embellish it.

It's interesting being in a Hanji group and seeing how the same project can look so different when completed by different 'Hanji artists'. I use this term 'Hanji artist' because we are all creating our pieces dependant on our own creative experiences and each person  uses different colours and design based on those experiences.

I find that my work tends to have an Asian influence  after spending more than a decade living and working in both South East Asia and the Far east. I was taught by a Korean lady who was very traditional in her methods of doing this craft. She would never use masking tape for the joints but instead we had to cut small strips of white paper and place them over the joints to smooth them out.  We couldn't use wallpaper paste to put the paper on so…

Hanji happenings in RAK....

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Here are a few photos of our Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Hanji group.  We've been meeting for nearly 2 years now and many items have been made from small boxes to 6 sided lamps. When I started the group I wanted everyone to learn the basics first and to start off making a box but no, they wanted to jump in at the deep end and make a lamp.  The first project took some people quite a long time to achieve but them have come on in leaps and bounds and are now reasonabley confident in tackling most anything. We've been fortunate enough to meet and enrol the help of Kym, a Korean lady who has helped us with ordering paper and kits in the past. With our upcoming trip to Seoul we'll now be able to order some things ourselves and get them sent back her to RAK for future projects. Well done ladies !!!







More challenges ....

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This week I've been working on getting my Hanji area a little better organised and also on another lamp.

I'd seen a lot of this design in Insadong but I wanted to tackle doing one myself.  It looks simple being only 4 sided but the difficult part is getting the curved shape and holding the whole thing together whilst the glue dries. I needed an extra pair of hands for this task so Ron came to the rescue!!!    I did try super glue but I found it didn't stick so well because there's actually  a very small  area of contactable surface. It took several evenings of gluing and then waiting until the next day to do another section before I could move on.

I'm  happy with the results for my first effort and I learnt a lot and therfore I will do things a little differently next time I make one.

Another challenge was how to make it so that the light bulb can be changed.  Normally in the lamps the openings in the top are large enough to be able to put your hand in and change t…

Hanji hardware ......

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I've finished my jewelry box !!  In this post I want to mention the fact that to complete many  projects you need some hardware. I have quite a collection of miniature hinges, clasps, handles, knobs and miniature screws from 6mm to around 10mm..  These have been collected over the years but I haven't had much luck in getting the right type of hardware to complement my projects anywhere but in Korea itself.  They can be ordered online but it's always best to see what you're going to get and sometimes I've misordered but I always figure that I can use it for another project. For the jewelry box I've added some hinges and a clasp at the front then finished it off with metal corners on the lid which give it a more solid look.  Not that it isn't solid enough but I think it complements the cutouts.
One of the things to remember when using the hardware is that you need at least 2, 3mm pieces of cardboard to screw them into.  If you want to put something on and you…