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In this section, you will find out what particular works each nozzle is used for, and what additional tools and materials are needed.

Content:

  1. Tools, working nozzles for hot pressing
  2. Sponges
  3. Additional hand tools
  4. Additional materials
  5. All range of pre-starched Japanese fabrics

Tools

NameApplying
Balls or hemi-sphere from 2mm to 30mmRadius balls give the petals rounded shape, tool diameter (head for soldering iron) is selected based on the size of silk flower or petal.
Smooth spoons 5mm, 6mm and 7mmUsed to give the edges of leaves and petals of characteristic shapes.
Grooved spoons 1, 2 and 3 groovesGrooved spoons unlike smooth spoon makes a 1,2 or 3 grooves that looks very interesting.
Knife

This knife is specially designed to make veins.

Japan hook

Universal head made ​​of metal with various applications. It is used to make veins in the leaves and petals, curl the ends of rose, chrysanthemum petals.

 

Four-pointed shaped head “flower”It is used to make fabric forget-me-nots and five-pointed bases.

Draw plate with input holes 2 and 4mm and output hole 8mm

It is used to make thin tubes of fabric for such flowers as chrysanthemums, fancy flowers.
Ultra-thin spoons smooth and with one groove

A spoon or ultra-thin Japanese knife is especially appreciated by advanced flower artists. Ultra-thin spoon creates more elegant and delicate veins both in the petals and in leaves of a rose, for instance.

Sponges

Another very important and necessary part in your flower-making handicraft is sponges. Sponges come in three types: hard, medium-hard or medium and soft. Their application is as follows:
Hard – most commonly used when working with delicate tools such as ultra-thin spoons, knife, working heads of small diameters. Needed for the creation of more relief patterns on the leaves, as well as when working with small flowers, lilies-of-the-valley, bells, etc.

Medium – quite universal sponge, convenient when working with petals and leaves of small and medium size;
Soft – used when working with petals of larger size, i.e. where large convex shapes are needed;
Remember! Before working, you need to wrap all sponges with cotton fabric to prevent their damage or burning. Another important point for cotton fabric: it is desirable to wash it before use, since there is a process lubricant on it, which is washed off after a single wash.

Fix safety cloth by pins

Hard sponge

Medium sponge

Soft sponge

Additional hand tools

In addition to the soldering iron with temperature control, different nozzles and sponges, you need the following items:

– Cups for dye thinning;
– Palette;
– Pipette for dosing incs and water;
– Brushes of various sizes;
– Scissors (big and small, sharp);
– Wire cutters or pliers;
– Awl;
– Stapler;
– Litter paper (at dyeing);
– Pencil.
– Tweezers for curling ends of petal

Additional materials needed for first flower creation

Well, the tools are not enough to make a flower. Fortunately, you can buy fabrics, dyes, stamens, ribbons, wires and adhesives in small quantities now. So, to create your first flower, you need a pattern. It’s easy to print it and cut (download patterns here).

You also need the following materials:

– Fabrics. Impregnated, prepared for silk floristics, it may be rayon, poplin, organza, satin. These are cheap Japanese fabrics, on which you can practice easily before buying more expensive true pure silks.

– Dyes. We recommend powder dyes, which have been specially created for flower making and for nothing more. In total, there are 20 colors, you can try even all of them, but the main ones are green, red and yellow.

Stamens. You can even make them by your hands or just buy a bundle;

– Ribbons. Ribbons are silk (usually of Usukinu fiber silk), stretch, self-adhesive and paper. All ribbons are of different colors and shades, but only white silk ones can be dyed;

Wire. None of flower arrangements can be made without papyrus-braided wire. Wire can be of different thickness: from the thickness of a hair – for delicate petals, up to thick one – for solid stems. The wire is needed for bringing the stability and permanent form to the compositions. Papyrus-braided wire can be perfectly dyed and glued;

Glue. Different ways of gluing are used in different workshops: by pistol glues and PVA glues. We recommend Japanese adhesives: thick and thin floristic glue. Thin is used for petals and leaves, thick – for stems, it is also used for the assembly of compositions;

We have responded to the wishes of our customers and put on sale the kits for assembling flowers of fabric. I.e. you do not need to buy a large number of fabrics, dyes and other things, spending extra money. We have already collected the necessary amount of material in one package, please find them here: Flower Kits

Fabrics for flower making from Japan

Flower making fabrics shall be prepared and starched already. In Japan, they are starched (tanned) with PVC vinyl-acetate emulsion. There are three degrees of tanning: medium, hard and super hard. Hard tanning is used most often. But it does not mean that all kinds of fabrics will be firm to the touch, since fabrics are also different in their density, texture and composition.
At the moment, there are about 100 kinds and variations of fabrics for flower making.
The description of fabrics: from the most delicate and fine to coarse and dense.

Silk
True silk is the quintessence of the art of silk floristics. The most exquisite flowers are made exactly of silk. All the great masters of their craft, who have achieved significant results, try to create their flower arrangements exclusively from silk. Hence the high price per unit of product. Well, high art – high demands. We shall just draw your attention to the fact that many people mistakenly call some kinds of fabric “silk”, which is not the one. There is a huge amount of fiber silk in the market, which is difficult to be distinguished it from the true one. True silk is also impregnated with special compounds and has a certain density. Moreover, there is a numeration of silk. Numeration indicates the density of weave, e.g. Silk Georgette No.6 is much softer than Georgette No.20. The following is a list of all the silks, which are made in Japan for flower making:
– Pure silk Crepe de Chine
– Pure silk Georgette
– Pure silk Habutay
– Pure silk Organza
– Pure Silk Satin, Royal Satin, Satin Crepe

Here is the table of all pure silk fabrics:

1 Pure Gold “Cloth”, Hard, Pure gold yarn (colored), 92cm×100cm
2 Pure Silk “Crepe de shine”, # 20, Special Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
3 Pure Silk “Crepe de shine”, #10, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
4 Pure Silk “Crepe de shine”, #14, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
5 Pure Silk “Crepe de shine”, #16, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
6 Pure Silk “Georgette”, #10, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
7 Pure Silk “Georgette”, #6, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
8 Pure Silk “Habutae”, #10, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
9 Pure Silk “Habutae”, #4, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
10 Pure Silk “Habutae”, #6, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
11 Pure Silk “Habutae”, #8, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
12 Pure Silk “Organdy”, Black, Hard, Silk 100%, 107 cm×100cm
13 Pure Silk “Organdy”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Silk 100%, 107 cm×100cm
14 Pure Silk “Satin Crepe”, #14, Special Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
15 Pure Silk “Satin Crepe”, #16, Special Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
16 Pure Silk “Satin Crepe”, #10, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
17 Pure Silk “Satin”, #10, Black, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
18 Pure Silk “Satin”, #10, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
19 Pure Silk “Satin”, #16, Hard, Silk 100%, 92cm×100cm
20 Pure “Silver Cloth”, Hard, Warp: Cupro, Weft: Pure silver yarn, 92cm×100cm

Art silk

Or you can call it Rayon. The widest range of fabrics is artificial silk,  also called as art-silk. This category of cloth also includes Satin and its derivatives.

Here is a list of all artificial impregnated fabrics:

1 “10000 Satin”, Black, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
2 “10000 Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
3 “12000 Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
4 “12000 Satin”, Green, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
5 “15000  Satin”, ivory, medium, Size 92cm×100cm
6 “220 SiruLong”, White, Size 98 cm×100cm
7 “3000 Hairnet”, Gold/White, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
8 “3000 Hairnet”, Silver/White, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
9 “3030 Hairnet”, Silver/White, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
10 “3030 Hairnet”, Gold/White, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
11 “3030 Hairnet”, White/White, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
12 “3030 Hairnet”, Black/Black, Polyester, Size 92cm×100cm
13 “3058 HANABI” Gold, Hard, Size 102 cm×100cm
14 “3058 HANABI” Pearl, Hard, Size 102 cm×100cm
15 “3058 HANABI” Silver, Hard, Size 102 cm×100cm
16 “3901 Tulle”, Gold/White, Polyester, Size 110cm×100cm
17 “3901 Tulle”, Silver/White, Polyester, 110cm×100cm
18 “75 Lame Taffeta”, Gold, Hard, Size 92 cm×100cm
19 “75 Lame Taffeta”, Silver, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
20 “Amundsen”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 110cm×100cm
21 “B/B Georgette”, Ivory, Hard, Size 112 cm×100cm
22 “Back Lame Satin”, Gold, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
23 “Back Lame Satin”, Silver, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
24 “Ben Silk”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
25 “Ben Silk”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
26 “Black Gold Taffeta”, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
27 Art Silk “Crepe de shine”, Hard, Fluorescent White, Size 92cm×100cm
28 Art Silk “Crepe de shine”, Medium, Fluorescent White, Size 92cm×100cm
29 “Especial 12000 Satin”, Hard, Fluorescent White, Size 92cm×100cm
30” Especial 12000 Satin”, Medium, Fluorescent White, Size 92cm×100cm
31 “Feather Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 114 cm×100cm
32 Art Silk “Feather Silk”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
33 “Fine Velvet (600)”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Rayon, Size 89cm×100cm
34 “Gold Lame Stripe”, Hard, Size 112 cm×100cm
35 “Gold Leaf Organdy”, Cupro 100%, Size 92cm×100cm
36 “Gold New Satin”,  Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cmx100cm
37 “Gold New Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
38 “Gold Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
39 “Gold Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
40 “Gold Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
41 “Gold Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
42 “Hagoromo (Taffeta) Sha”, Gold, Hard, Size 92cm×L=100cm
43 “Hagoromo (Taffeta) Sha”, Pearl, Hard, Size 92cm×L=100cm
44 “Hagoromo (Taffeta) Sha”, Silver, Hard, Size 92cm×L=100cm
45 “Kanreisha (gauze)”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92 cm×99cm
46 “Melton”, Fluorescent White, Size 92cm×100cm
47 Cotton, White, Hard, Cotton 100%, Size 92cm×100cm
48 Cotton, White, Medium, Cotton 100%, Size 92cm×100cm
49 “New Ben Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 100cm×100cm
50 “New Pearl Satin”, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
51 “New Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
52 “New Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
53 “New Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
54 “New Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
55 “Ninon (Sha)”, White, Hard, Size 112cm×100cm
56 Art Silk “Organdy”, Black, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
57 Art Silk “Organdy”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
58 “Pearl Hagoromo (Taffeta)”, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
59 “Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92 cm×100cm
60 “Poplin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92 cm×100cm
61 Art Silk “Silky Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
62 “Silver Leaf Organdy”, Cupro 100%, Size 92cm×100cm
63 “Spark Organdy”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
64 “Superfine Cotton”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Cotton 100%, Size 92cm×100cm
65 “Superfine Satin”, Black, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
66 “Superfine Satin”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
67 “Superfine Satin”, Fluorescent White, Medium, Size 92cm×100cm
68 “Superfine Satin”, Ivory, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
69 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Black, Hard, Size 92cm×L=100cm
70 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Fluorescent White, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
71 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Fluorescent White, Medium, 92cm×100cm
72 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Fluorescent White, Soft, Size 92cm×100cm
73 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Green, Hard, 92cm×100cm
74 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Light Green, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
75 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Ivory, Hard, Size 92cm×100cm
76 Art Silk “Usukinu”, Ivory, Medium, Size 92cm×L=100cm
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