Combination 8 Glitter Ornament

Update:
When I originally posted this I didn’t realize I was doing an 8 division wrong. I now have 2 types of 8 division instructions. Alyx’s 8 division and Normal 8 division. This one uses Alyx’s 8. You can find videos for both on the Combination Divisions Page.

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Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • ballpoint pen
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • drafting compass(optional)
  • paint brush
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm green sequins
  • light blue glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide green satin ribbon
  • 16 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

Directions:

  1. Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
  2. Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
  3. Prep your glitter paint.
  4. Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
  5. At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
  6. Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.

I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.

For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.

Easter Egg Sagemon

Hey everyone! I know it’s been several weeks since my last post. I just started a new part-time job teaching English to kindergarten kids and have been busy with training and my first lessons. We’ve also been experiencing strong aftershocks here in Japan. We had a 5 + as I was writing this post. Life is still a little weird and it’s been difficult getting back into my old routine. Anyway, enough excuses.

Introducing Japanese Sagemon!


In the time of the Samurai, in castles and wealthy households, nannies made sagemon for the children in their care to enjoy. Sagemon literally means “hanging stuff” in Japanese. They are mobiles made of traditional Japanese toys and may included temari, kimekomi balls and little fabric dolls of popular insects, birds, fish, etc. A mobile with 50 hanging toys was made for a child in hope that he or she would live 50 years, which during the Edo period was full life expectancy. Each ornament and doll had a meaning of some kind. For example, a cicada has a relatively long life for an insect, living 7 years underground, and when they emerge from the ground their noisy singing means they are strong and healthy. Just as the strong cries of a baby at birth is a sign of good health. There is even a specific order the different items should be hung in. Birds and flying things should be hung at the top, and so on. (Info translated from http://sagemon.net/sandai/)

Nowadays they are typically hung for Hina Matsuri, aka Doll Festival or Girls Festival and the traditional meanings behind this ancient craft have been lost within the general population. However, they are still a popular craft and the craft stores carry kits for simple sagemon, as well as individual kits for the little cloth animals, simple temari, and kimekomi balls.

I’m not so interested in the little fabric dolls. They are cute but not really my thing. I did however like the idea of hanging ornaments in a mobile. Why just hang ornaments on a tree or put them in a basket? Let’s think outside the basket!

Since it’s April, I decided to make an Easter Egg Sagemon. Luckily the small foam eggs I use already have holes in them.

I made 10 random Easter egg ornaments of varying styles and colors, using designs and techniques I have shown you in previous posts. I then strung them onto 4 pieces of thin cord, along with some beads, and attached them to a hoop using tape.

I used a thicker cord for the top hangers. I measured the diameter of the hoop and cut the thick cord twice as long. I then I sewed the cords together in a cross and taped the ends to the hoop.

I then strung a key ring at the cross point and tied a bow of pink cord around the hanging cords to create a loop.

The hoop I used was originally intended as a handle for a handbag. The clear plastic hoops were much cheaper than embroidery hoops or the hoops being sold specifically for sagemon. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to use because you’re going to cover it up anyway. I used a long piece of wide white ribbon to wrap the hoop. I sewed the end of the ribbon on the inside of the hoop with white thread.

Then I remembered I had this green beaded fringe from a project I did years ago. I sewed the fringe to the ribbon on the outside of the hoop.

That’s pretty much it! Add some silk flowers or stuffed bunny’s and chicks if you wish. Hang a large egg in the center. There are so many possibilities. Be creative and have fun.

May I also suggest you do a Google image search for “sagemon” or “さげもん”. You might be able to copy and paste those Japanese letters into your search bar. There are hundreds of wonderful pictures to gain inspiration from.

Got a question about this or another project? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Holly 2010 Christmas Ornament

This ornament combines the kimekomi (fabric) technique with sequins and glitter paint.

Tools Needed:

Materials Needed

  • three inch smooth foam ball
  • cream colored silk fabric**
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in red, green and silver
  • eighteen 7mm red sequins
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • red glitter
  • 1/2cm red ribbon
  • green cord
  • four green single holly leaf sequins
  • two pearl topped corsage pins

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Cotton fabric can be used in place of silk.

Directions:

  1. Draw vertical lines on the ball dividing it into 8 equal sections.
  2. Measure from the top point of the ball, down a line toward the mold line of the ball (any line will do), one inch and mark it.
  3. Move one line to the right and do the same thing as in step 2 except this time measure two inches.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have each line marked.
  5. Connect the dots. Using your measuring tape as a straight edge, connect each point marked. You should have drawn what looks like a 4 point star when looking down at the top of your ball.
  6. Turn the ball over and repeat steps 1-5 on the bottom of the ball. However, this time you should shift the pattern over one line. So, if you measured one inch on the top of the ball, you should measure two inches on the same line on the bottom of the ball. The points on the bottom star will go in between the points of the top star. The space at the mold like in between the two stars will have a zig zag shape.
  7. Cut along the lines outlining the star at both the top and bottom of the ball. Also cut the lines within the star.
  8. Cover the stars with fabric using the kimekomi (tucking) technique.
  9. Once the stars are covered with fabric, tuck and glue green cord into the seams of the 8 lines that radiate from the center of the stars.
  10. Next, outline the stars with green sequins. At each point where you connected the dots, you should put one large red sequin.
  11. Next to the green line of sequins, place a red line of sequins. At the one inch connect points, place a green sequin. At the two inch connect points, circle the large red sequin with green sequins.
  12. Then place a solid silver line of sequins next to the red line of sequins. Be sure that the top and bottom patterns of sequins mirror each other.
  13. Mix clear iridescent glitter glue with red glitter to make the glitter paint. Paint the remaining exposed foam.
  14. In the middle of the bottom star, thread a large red sequin, then 4 holly sequins onto a corsage pin and pin to the center of the star. Fan the holly out so each leaf point is on a two inch line of cord and pin into place.
  15. At the top of the ornament, place the hanging ribbon and bow. On a corsage pin, thread a large red sequin, then the red hanging ribbon, then two loops of green cord then two loops of red ribbon and so on, until you have a pretty bow. Pin to the middle of the star at the top of the ball.
  16. Lastly, pin holly on each two inch line of cord just under the bow.

Happy Ornament Making!

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