ImlothMelui

Kanzashi, jewelry and other accessories

Fort Smith, Arkansas · 230 Sales

ImlothMelui

Kanzashi, jewelry and other accessories

Fort Smith, Arkansas 230 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Welcome to ImlothMelui! ~ Custom orders are currently open. ~

Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted fashion accessories and handmade watercolor paint. My specialty is in designing and making tsumami 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 Mar 27, 2017

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

Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted fashion accessories and handmade watercolor paint. My specialty is in designing and making tsumami 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

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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 March 27, 2017
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Welcome to Imloth Melui!
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Welcome to my store! I sell handcrafted accessories and handmade art supplies. My specialty is in designing and making tsumami 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

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
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Payment Method
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Paypal is my preferred method of payment. I also accept payment through Etsy's direct checkout. 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 7 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 (if payment has already been made at the time) 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 and weight. Shipments within the United States should arrive within 3 to 10 days.

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 its 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 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, returned or payment refunded due to negligence on the buyer's part to read the information presented in the listing or my shop policies.

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 to receive a refund, at my discretion. 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 (along with photographic evidence where applicable) 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 products 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 any metal components.

Other jewelry items should be kept away from moisture.


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Care and Safety of Watercolor Paints and Finished Watercolor Paintings
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Regardless of the lightfastness of your pigments, finished watercolor
paintings should never be exposed to direct sunlight or fluorescent
lighting. Using acid-free materials and mounting behind UV protective glass
is advised if possible.

Never store your watercolors wet, allow them to dry fully before closing the
lid on your tin and putting them away. My watercolors contain a natural
preservative, but could still mold if allowed to sit wet for a long time.
The watercolor tins are coated on the inside with a white enamel that serves
to protect the tin and provide a handy mixing surface for your paints, but
rust could still occur if the tin and watercolors are not dried after each
use.

All colors with the exception of Mayan Green are rated to have good or excellent lightfastness. Mayan Green does not have an official ASTM
rating as of yet but my own home tests have proved to be fugitive, I suggest
its use only for paintings that will not be exposed to light often)

Most of the pigments I use are natural earth colors sourced from all over the world, with the exceptions of some of stronger, brighter colors such as prussian blue, ultramarine, etc. All pigments used are considered non-toxic have no known safety hazards in watercolor form, but nevertheless should not be ingested or used as body paint, and should still be kept away from young children and animals. The clove extract used to preserve your watercolors is safe for most people, but may cause slight irritation in those sensitive to it if applied directly to the skin.

Store your watercolors in a cool, dry place and out of reach of small
children and animals.


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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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Custom orders are for kanzashi pieces only, I cannot accept custom orders for watercolors at this time.

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. I typically am only able to offer such materials as I have in stock at the moment.

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 materials used. 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.

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. Rush fees may apply in the event that I am available to accept a rush order.

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.


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Use of Handmade Watercolors
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Watercolors are used by applying a small amount of water with a wet brush to
pick up the color, and using on watercolor paper either using wet-on-wet or
wet-on-dry techniques. I do not recommend regular notebook or office paper
for painting, the colors will appear weak and dull and the water may soak
through unsuitable paper and cause it to tear.

Each pigment has its own unique attributes.

Pink pipestone, Verona Green, and Lemon Ochre are all light valued colors
with little covering power, this is a natural property of those pigments.

Many of the earth colors, Burnt Umber, Lemon Ochre, Pink Pipestone and
Verona Green benefit from being pre-wetted with a drop of two of water a few
moments before use, to allow the pigment to soften and prevent having to
scrub at it with your brush.

Pink Pipestone and Violet Hematite are heavily granulating colors, and Buff
Titanium is much more opaque than the other colors. These properties can be
either beneficial or undesirable, depending or your desired effect.

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My Watercolors
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My goal is to provide high quality handmade watercolor paints at affordable prices.

My watercolors are artist-grade, mulled slowly by hand and containing only pure, single pigment colors. They are formulated with an all-natural gum-arabic and honey based binder and contain absolutely no fillers. A safe and natural preservative of clove oil is added to extend the life of your watercolors.

Due to the time it takes to make these colors by hand, my watercolor listings may not always be available. New pans of paint may take up to a week to dry before they can be safely shipped.

My watercolor pans are filled to the brim and then dried, inexpensive pigments (most earth colors) are filled again and dried once more if they have shrunk down significantly during the drying process. I fill the pans of more expensive pigments only once in order to keep the low costs sustainable and to be able to offer them at the same price. Slight shrinking and cracking of the color may occur in the pan and is normal for these paints, and should not affect their usefulness. Likewise, due to the honey formulation, some pigments may remain slightly tacky on top rather than fully drying. This does not affect their properties on paper.


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What are 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.