ImlothMelui

Kanzashi, jewelry and other accessories

Arkansas, United States · 212 Sales

ImlothMelui

Kanzashi, jewelry and other accessories

Arkansas, United States 212 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to ImlothMelui! ~ Custom orders are open. ~

Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted hair ornaments, jewelry and other accessories. My specialty is in designing and making kanzashi.

Please take your time and look around, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Please remember to read my shop's policies before placing your order.

Thank you for looking!

Announcement
Last updated on May 19, 2016

Welcome to ImlothMelui! ~ Custom orders are open. ~

Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted hair ornaments, jewelry and other accessories. My specialty is in designing and making kanzashi.

Please take your time and look around, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Please remember to read my shop's policies before placing your order.

Thank you for looking!

Elizabeth Comer

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Elizabeth Comer

Peach and orange blossom - kanzashi hair pin
US$20.00
Blue lotus - kanzashi flower hair pin
US$50.00
Pink and red dianthus - kanzashi flower
US$12.00
Purple anemone kanzashi clips, choose one
US$8.00
Small white blossom - kanzashi hair flower
US$7.00
Sunflower headband - kanzashi flower
US$35.00
yellow kiku kanzashi flower
US$20.00
Ginkgo hana kanzashi for November - maiko set
US$175.00
View all 27 items

About

Why I Started ImlothMelui

I've always loved making things. I would frequently search for crafting books I hadn't read yet or surf the net looking for new skills to learn. I've never felt right with idle hands. When doing activities like listening to music or watching tv, I usually have something to work on, even if it's only crocheting a strip of lace border, or molding a bead out of clay.

The fun of it for me has always been the creative process, even more so than having a finished item. The ability to turn an idea into something real and tangible fascinates me, and I get a real sense of accomplishment out of completing a project.

Over time, I have gained enough skill in some of my favorite crafts to make items I think other people would enjoy. Selling them here at ImlothMelui gives me both an outlet for the products of my creativity and the funds that allow me to continue pursuing my interests and refining my skills.

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  • Elizabeth C

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Loves: The wonder of nature and all God's creation, crafts and artwork of all kinds, the challenge and joy gained from taking a sketch or idea and making it into a beautiful reality.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
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Welcome to Imloth Melui!
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Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted hair ornaments, jewelry and other accessories. My specialty is in designing and making kanzashi.

Please take your time and look around, and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

Thank you for looking!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
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Payment Method
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Paypal is my preferred method of payment. Please be aware that I cannot ship your item until I receive payment. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the shipping address given to me is correct.

Payment must be made within 3 days of your order, unless arranged otherwise beforehand, or the sale will be cancelled and the item re-listed. Sales cannot be cancelled once the item has been shipped.

I reserve the right to refuse a sale for any reason I deem appropriate based on my own judgement. In the rare event this happens, you will receive a full refund and the sale will be cancelled.
Shipping
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Shipping information
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Items will be shipped within 5 business days after receipt of payment.
Items will be shipped to the address on the Pay-pal or Direct checkout payment.

Made-to-order items or custom orders will be shipped upon completion and payment.

The shipping fee includes both the postage fee and the packaging fee, (it partially covers the cost of my packing supplies) as well as any insurance that is applied to the item. I package my items carefully, to ensure they make it safely to their destination. Shipping is already set in the USA, but may need to be specially calculated for other countries under certain circumstances.

Combined shipping may be available for some items.
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Domestic Mail
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Items are shipped through the United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail, or First Class mail depending on value. Shipments within the United States should arrive within 3 to 10 days.

Shipping includes insurance and delivery confirmation.

Please remember to double check your information when paying, as I cannot be responsible if incorrect delivery information is provided to me.

I cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items once mailed.

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International Mail
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At the moment, I am not shipping internationally, I apologize for the inconvenience.

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I fill out all customs information truthfully. I will NOT mark merchandise as a gift, describe it as something it isn't, or lie about it's value.

All customs and duties fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

please note that while I can estimate whether or not your package will reach you by a certain date, I cannot guarantee it. I am not responsible for delayed or late deliveries once the package is in the care of the United States Postal Service.
Refunds and Exchanges
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Returns and Refunds
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I do my best to accurately represent my merchandise, but different computer monitors may display colors differently. The color of the actual item and may differ slightly from the color displayed on the computer screen.

Please look carefully at the measurements and material information on a listed item, so you will be well informed before making your purchase. Measurements are taken across the widest points of an item. (If a kanzashi flower has leaves or buds that stick out from it for example, they will be included in the measurement. Or if the top is wider than the bottom in one direction, the top's width will be the measurement given.) Items may not be exchanged or refunded due to negligence on the buyer's part to read the information presented in the listing.

If it is felt the item you bought was severely misrepresented, or if it arrives badly damaged from shipping, the buyer may be eligible to exchange it for either a replacement, store credit, or receive a refund. In this case, the buyer has 7 days after receiving their item to contact me. A detailed description of the issue must be sent to me, and if I choose to accept the return, the item must be returned in the condition it was received, with all packaging. The buyer will assume responsibility for all shipping fees. Eligibility will be decided on a case-by case basis.

In the event of a missing International package, or a damaged item, I will at my own discretion make and send a replacement for the lost item, but cannot offer a refund in most cases as International packages cannot be tracked, and thus I cannot verify that the package has been either lost or delivered.

Because of the nature of the product I sell, no returns outside these situations will be accepted, all sales are final.
Additional policies and FAQs
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Care of items and FAQ, Information On Custom Orders
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Care of Kanzashi
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Your kanzashi is delicate and should never be handled roughly, utmost care should be used when handling it and placing it in your hair. Kanzashi should not be exposed to either moisture or extreme temperatures. Take especial care with kanzashi that have shaped petals, as even slight dampness may ruin their shape. It should be noted that metal components may tarnish over time, and extended exposure to direct sunlight may cause discoloration or fading.

Your kanzashi should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, preferably in a sturdy box to prevent it from being crushed.

If the wires on a cluster of flowers become bent, causing the design to look misshapen, gently move the flowers back into place with your fingers.

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Care of Jewelry items
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Jewelry items should not be handled roughly, nor should they be exposed to extreme temperatures.

Items made solely from polymer clay may be safely exposed to moisture, but should be thoroughly dried immediately after to prevent rusting of metal components.

Other jewelry items should be kept away from moisture.


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Communication
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Good communication is extremely important to me. I check my email and messages frequently, and I try to respond to all notes in a timely manner. I ask the same from my customers. If you contact me with a question or wish to commission something from me, please try to keep up good communication on your part. This will ensure that the finished product will be accurate to the idea you had in mind, and any problems that may happen to arise will be taken care of quickly and with minimum difficulty.

Extremely poor communication , or communication that is abusive or profane, may result in a cancelled order and possible refusal to work with you in the future.

Please remember that you are dealing with another human being, not just a computer.


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Custom orders and made to order items
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I do not do spec work. Before commissioning me for a piece, please look at my past work and first determine if you like my work. I always do my absolute best, but I cannot guarantee that a commissioned piece will end up looking exactly as you envision, especially when reference pictures are used. Due to my skill level, personal style and available materials, no matter how close I try to get, my pieces will not be an exact duplicates of pieces made elsewhere. Please keep this in mind before confirming your order, as custom orders will not be cancelled once complete.

My default material is cotton, and my prices are quoted based on this unless otherwise specified. please let me know when you contact me if you would like your piece made out of different fabric/s, and we can discuss what types and colors I have available, and what any additional costs may be.

Please remember that the materials as well as an artist's style greatly affect the outcome of a piece. The chosen materials will create very different appearances, if your order is based on a silk piece, and you want it done in cotton, please be aware that it will not appear the same. Additionally, some techniques are not designed for all materials, and either cannot be done at all or will produce a different effect.

Commissions are accepted on a first come first serve basis, and the details of the order will be discussed through messages. Once the specifics have been agreed upon an individual price will be quoted based on the complexity of the piece and the availability of materials. A special design and customization fee may apply as well, depending on the specifics and the style of item. An estimation of the time it will take to complete your order will also be quoted, but may be changed should unforeseeable circumstances arise.

Custom orders requiring deposits must be payed for with Paypal, as Direct checkout is not set up for this.

I will need a detailed description of the item you want created, as well as any pictures or drawings you may have that will help me understand what you're wanting.

All of my items are handmade, and no two will be exactly the same. Please keep in mind that there will be slight variances in each piece.

Most of my listings are time and labor intensive, so please allow plenty of advance notice for the creation of a piece. Should you need something quickly, feel free to message me anyway, but be aware I may or may not be able to accommodate your schedule.

All commissions and custom orders are subject to approval or rejection based on my available time, materials and ability.

Once all details have been agreed upon, the item will be listed as a custom order listing in my shop, reserved for the buyer. Unless another arrangement has been agreed upon beforehand, The buyer has one week to purchase the listing once notified, or the order will be considered abandoned and the listing will be removed from the reserved section, and offered for public sale. If more time is needed, please contact me so we can discuss it. If a payment schedule is set up, payments must not be late.

Abandoned orders may result in refusal to work with you in the future.

Once commissioned, half of the listed price is reserved for materials and is a NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. Once the item is completed, you will be notified, and the item will be shipped.

Custom orders absolutely cannot be cancelled once work has begun as they can be extremely difficult or impossible to sell to another person.

Should you find a piece by another artist that you wish me to create, I will help you design an original piece in a similar style or color scheme, but I WILL NOT directly duplicate another artist's original creation. Generic pieces and traditional designs excepted.

I retain the right to duplicate an original piece designed by myself even if it is created as part of a custom order.


FAQ

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What is kanzashi?:
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Kanzashi are traditional Japanese accessories made from folded fabric using a technique called tsumami, and glued together to make flowers and other ornate designs to be worn in the hair.

The word "kanzashi" means hairpin, and there are many types. In Japan, this particular type is more correctly know as "hana kanzashi", meaning floral hairpin, though the word kanzashi has become synonymous with the technique of folding the fabric in most English speaking countries.

Hana kanzashi become popular in Japan's Edo period, when hairstyles became elaborate and used many ornaments and decorations. Today's styles are much simpler and full kanzashi sets are not seen often, being worn more commonly by geisha, and for events such as weddings and other formal occasions.

Kanzashi are traditionally made from thin silk and attached to a base using rice glue. Although there are many different materials used now, In Japan, Kanzashi masters continue with the traditional methods even today.

There are terms for some different components of kanzashi.

Shidare: The trailing falls of petals or flowers that hang from the base of some kanzashi.

Bira-Bira: These are metal flutters that can sometimes be found hanging underneath a grouping of flowers, but are also worn by themselves.

My kanzashi
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Of course, you do not have to be Japanese to appreciate something so beautiful. Kanzashi are great for both casual and formal occasions, as well as costuming and cosplay. A single flower would go great with jeans and a blouse, something more elaborate for a fancy dress.

Mine are mounted on many different types of hair clips, combs and pins, so you'll be certain to find something no matter what your hair length or style.

kanzashi can add something bright and special to an otherwise plain hairdo, so whether you are planning an elaborate cosplay, or just want something pretty to wear day in and day out, there is certain to be a kanzashi for you.

Seller information
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You can contact me through an Etsy Convo or at this email address:

Eruwaedhiel_Elleth [!at] yahoo.com

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRADITIONALISTS OR THOSE SEEKING AUTHENTIC MAIKO KANZASHI
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Please note that although I put great time and effort into everything I make, and I try to create only quality pieces, I HAVE NOT been professionally or formally trained in the art of tsumami kanzashi by a Japanese master. My pieces are recreations, NOT authentic Japanese hana kanzashi, and are made partly as a hobby and a challenge to my creative ability, and partly as a way to earn a little extra money. If this is an important issue to you, you can find several formally trained artists online.

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Feedback
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If you have an issue with your item, please let me know before you post feedback, We may be able to work something out.

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Right to Refuse Business
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As a private artist, I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

By commissioning or purchasing an item from me, you agree to abide by the policies listed above.