Monday, November 8, 2010

Paper Doll by Michiko

I wish I could take credit for making this.  This paper doll was made by a lovely Japanese lady that goes to our church.  A few years ago, for Christmas, she made about 40 paper angels for the teen girls. 
Michiko said that each one takes 2 hours!
The angels were absolutely beautiful and amazing!
So, I cornered her a few weeks ago and ~begged~ her to teach me how to make them.  She was very hesitant at first and doesn't like her picture taken any more than I do. :)
I told her I would gather all supplies and then yesterday she shows up with one of these.
Look at the amazing detail.  She used wooden dowels and a Styrofoam ball.
How about that umbrella!? 
I know I'm crafty, but this is beyond crafty!
Wish me luck!  2 hours might be like 12 hours for me!
Michiko uses stiff wrapping paper.  She told me she always pokes a hole in the wrapping paper (said with a giggle) before she buys it to get the right texture!
I asked her if she would ever consider using a wooden ball instead of Styrofoam and paint it with a face. 
She frowned and said that it was not the way they did it in Japan. 
I guess you don't mess with perfection! :)


JC's Loft said...

GASP that is amazing! WOW, I'm speechless...

willowbird35 said...

I am curious if your Michiko is my Michiko? My sister in law is named that and it is not a common name in Japan! She is from Okinawa. And she makes beautiful things like this all the time! Hmmm... email me at I'd love to know if we are talking about the same person! - Karen

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