Japan Hobby Show Part 3: wedding clay crafts

When we visited the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, our clay supplier Padico had a huge exhibition with a wedding theme. It was spectacular to look at, there were lots and lost of incredible fake sweets to use as wedding decoration, ring holders etc. As wedding season just started we thought this might be a great time to share.

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

The cakes look incredibly real

The cakes look incredibly real

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

These clay cakes would make great selfmade gifts for the bride and groom too

These clay cakes would make great self made gifts for the bride and groom too

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

More clay crafts

More clay crafts

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

Free digital Washi Tape from modes4u

You can’t escape Washi Tape, it has become a basic crafting tool, as it can be used in so many different fields. Even in the digital world people don’t want to be without the colourful Masking Tapes, which is why digital Masking Tapes are a popular thing right now. Designers even sell their digital Washi Tape stripes which you can use for digital scrapbooking or embellishing photos on your blog.

We decided to scan some of our pretty tapes too and give you the modes4u digital Washi Tape for free! There are 39 different tape designs included on our sheet which you can download either in jpg or png format. Enjoy your digital crafting.

Youn can download the modes4u digital Washi Tape for free

You can download the modes4u digital Washi Tape for free

Our favourite product of the week: birch polka dot fabrics

Polka Dots are awsome! So can you guess what our favourite product of the week is? Right, it’s polka dot fabrics, birch polka dot fabrics to be more precise. The organic fabric manufacturer from the USA has such a lovely polka dot line as part of their “mod basics” collection by Jay-Cyn Designs. We got at least 10 new different designs.

green birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

green birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

brown birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

brown birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

teal birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

teal birch organic fabric from the USA with white dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA orange dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA orange dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA yellow dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA yellow dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA salmon red dots

ecru birch organic fabric from the USA salmon red dots

New Michael Miller fabrics and cotton sateen

It’s fabric time again, we just finished adding lots of new Michael Miller fabrics to our shop. We have lots of new collections with adorable animal prints, but also cool graphical designs with polka dots and other patterns. We can also introduce a new material in our shop: cotton sateen. It is 100% cotton but a little heavier than regular Michael Miller cotton fabrics. It has a wonderful smooth feel and is therefore very suitable for sewing light home decor like cushions, curtains, kitchen decoration and so on. The cotton sateen fabrics from the bekko collection by designer Trenna Travis come in wonderful graphical prints such as stripes, swirls, waves and more which are great designs for home decor.

grass green ring pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

grass green ring pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

pink tatami stripes cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

pink tatami stripes cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

black pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

black pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

orange wave pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

orange wave pattern cotton sateen fabric Michael Miller

patchwork forest animal fabric Michael Miller fox squirrel

patchwork forest animal fabric Michael Miller fox squirrel

cute zoo animal patchwork fabric giraffe Michael Miller

cute zoo animal patchwork fabric giraffe Michael Miller

cute brown owl fabric Michael Miller from the USA

cute brown owl fabric Michael Miller from the USA

black mushroom fabric Michael Miller from the USA

black mushroom fabric Michael Miller from the USA

navy blue chain link fabric by Michael Miller

navy blue chain link fabric by Michael Miller

red cute flower fabric by Michael Miller USA

red cute flower fabric by Michael Miller USA

purple Michael Miller fabric tea pot cup rose

purple Michael Miller fabric tea pot cup rose

black Michael Miller rose fabric with white dots

black Michael Miller rose fabric with white dots

blue Michael Miller animal fabric jungle lion

blue Michael Miller animal fabric jungle lion

white elephant fabric by Michael Miller from the USA pink

white elephant fabric by Michael Miller from the USA pink

yellow acorn nut fabric by Michael Miller from the USA

yellow acorn nut fabric by Michael Miller from the USA

navy blue polka big colorful dot fabric by Michael Miller

navy blue polka big colorful dot fabric by Michael Miller

white polka dot fabric purple by Michael Miller

white polka dot fabric purple by Michael Miller

green dot fabric with brown polka dots by Michael Miller

green dot fabric with brown polka dots by Michael Miller

Japan Hobby Show Part 2: felt crafts

One of the things we really loved on the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo were the adorable felt items. We saw lots of lovely little fugures made completely from felt, such as litte animals, matryoshkas, Halloween items or sweets. We don’t carry any of these DIY sets in our shop yet, but it certainly made us think about getting some.

kawaii felt animals in sailor theme

kawaii felt animals in sailor theme

The little felt items make adorable decorations

The little felt items make adorable decorations

The cute little sailor matryoshkas made with felt are awesome

The cute little sailor matryoshkas made with felt are awesome

These sets would be a great gift for children and DIY fans

These sets would be a great gift for children and DIY fans

Some of the actual DIY felt sets

Some of the actual DIY felt sets

There were hundreds of books about felt crafting

There were hundreds of books about felt crafting

At some booths you could craft your own felt item

At some booths you could craft your own felt item

A cute felt project to make knitting bears

A cute felt project to make knitting bears

They looked even cuter in real life

They looked even cuter in real life

Matryoshkas seem to be a very popular design for felt crafting

Matryoshkas seem to be a very popular design for felt crafting

kawaii little felt cats

kawaii little felt cats

An adorable seal in a Halloween design

An adorable seal in a Halloween design

Pandas rock!

Pandas rock!

kawaii felt macarons

kawaii felt macarons

The felt sweets look amazing

The felt sweets look amazing

More cookies and sweets made from felt

More cookies and sweets made from felt

kawaii Bear Giveaway on Facebook

Bears are so cute so we decided to dedicate a giveaway to them. In our Facebook Bear Giveaway one lucky winner will get a cute package full of stuff with bears, pandas and Rilakkuma. All those items we brought from Japan, some are even from very limited editions, like the Rilakkuma Skytree memo pad.

The prize package:

3x bear bags
3x panda bear folders
1x teddy bear deco tape
1x Rilakkuma Squishy
1x Rilakkuma memo pad from the limited Skytree edition
1x Rilakkuma bread charm
1x panda bear plush charm
2x bear sticker sheets
3x wooden bear buttons

How to join:
1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I love kawaii bears!

The giveaway will be running until Monday, May 27th and is open worldwide. Again we strongly suggest to check our Facebook page on Thursday and Friday to see if you have won. We announce the winner on our Facebook page, but have no possibility of contacing them otherwise. Enjoy everyone and good luck!

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

We have Mameshiba products in our shop

Green is all we see, because we have been adding lots of Mameshiba products to our shop. Now you can find a big mixture of charms, plush toys, wallets, memo pads, pens, stickers, phone accessories, mobile phone plugs and bento accessories on modes4u.com.

Mameshiba are super popular Japanese characters, which are bean dogs. The most popular one is the green Edamame Mameshiba, but there are also lots of other characters such as Black Bean, Chili Bean, Tiger Bean, Sword Bean, Jelly Beans and so on. We also carry products from the cute Babyshiba series, in which the Mameshiba bean dogs are little babies, as well as the “Mameshiba x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu” collection, for which the Japanese kawaii singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu collaborated with Mameshiba manufacturer Dentsu and created bean dogs with bows, unicorns and punks.

super big green Mameshiba bean dog plush toy

super big green Mameshiba bean dog plush toy

dark purple Mameshiba bean dog plush wallet charm

dark purple Mameshiba bean dog plush wallet charm

blue Mameshiba unicorn bean dog rubber charm

blue Mameshiba unicorn bean dog rubber charm

kawaii green Mameshiba bean dog in soy bean charm

kawaii green Mameshiba bean dog in soy bean charm

cute Dentsu green Mameshiba bean dog charm

cute Dentsu green Mameshiba bean dog charm

cute white Mameshiba bean dog charm by Dentsu

cute white Mameshiba bean dog charm by Dentsu

Mameshiba orange Babyshiba bean dog charm cake

Mameshiba orange Babyshiba bean dog charm cake

purple bow Mameshiba bean dog mobile phone earphone plug

purple bow Mameshiba bean dog mobile phone earphone plug

yellow Mameshiba bean dog tin case wallet coin case

yellow Mameshiba bean dog tin case wallet coin case

Mameshiba green Babyshiba fruit bean dog Memo Pad

Mameshiba green Babyshiba fruit bean dog Memo Pad

cute Mameshiba bean dogs Post-it bookmark sticker

cute Mameshiba bean dogs Post-it bookmark sticker

round Mameshiba bean dog epoxy stickers button stickers

round Mameshiba bean dog epoxy stickers button stickers

Mameshiba rough Babyshiba baby fruit bean dog stickers

Mameshiba rough Babyshiba baby fruit bean dog stickers

Mameshiba bean dogs wirh dots notebook exercise book

Mameshiba bean dogs wirh dots notebook exercise book

 

How Iwako erasers are made

Have you ever wondered how those incredibly detailed Japanese Iwako erasers are made? We have and therefore were very pleased to find out that Iwako released a little factory tour, in which the company explains how they make those little rubber items which made them so successful. So on their website you can have a very detailed look at all the steps of manufacturing. We will break it down in a more general way for you:

1. If a new eraser is to be produced, a model maker makes a model by hand. After that molds are made from metal, so that the huge molding machines can produce the different parts of the new erasers. For every new eraser part the molds in the machines have to be changed.

2. The eraser material, which is PVC-free and environmental friendly is coloured with pigment powders and injected into the machines, where it is melded and pressed into the molds.

3. After all the different parts for each eraser are ready, they are assembled and packed by hand. Of course each eraser is checked before being packed to ensure that the quality is good.

A look behind the scenes: Here you can see what big machines are used to make the cute erasers

A look behind the scenes: Here you can see what big machines are used to make the cute erasers

This is the rubber material which will later be transformed into the cute erasers

This is the rubber material which will later be transformed into the cute erasers

Most of the erasers consist of different parts which later assembled

Most of the erasers consist of different parts which later assembled

Here the erasers are checked and packed

Here the erasers are checked and packed

sandwich bread eraser from Japan by Iwako

sandwich bread eraser from Japan by Iwako

pizza eraser from Japan by Iwako

pizza eraser from Japan by Iwako

These are some of the Iwako erasers you can buy in our shop

These are some of the Iwako erasers you can buy in our shop

mt Casa Washi Tapes for walls and furniture

If you are looking for a new and easy way for home decoration the answer is here: Washi Tapes from the mt Casa series. The Japanese Masking Tape manufacturer mt especially designed these tapes to be used for decorating walls, furniture, tiles etc. As you can see on the pictures from the little booklet that mt released the Washi Tapes can be used to decorate anything at your home. There is no need to paint walls or hang wallpaper anymore, as the tapes can be stuck to the walls and be removed anytime without leaving any trace. The tapes stick on almost all materials such as wood, plastic, wallpaper, tiles, glass etc.

The mt Casa series is a great for decorating children’s rooms, colour up white or single-coloured furniture or walls, write messages or decorate for holidays such as Christmas or Easter.

We carry most of the tapes from the series and every colour and pattern we have is available in 3 different widths – 5cm, 10cm or 20cm. There are lots of single-coloured tapes but also a couple of designs with dots or flowers. Be sure to check out the video at the end of this post to learn what you can do with mt Casa.

Walls and furniture look super pretty with stripes of mt Casa Washi Tapes

Walls and furniture look super pretty with stripes of mt Casa Washi Tapes

You can also use it on doors, tiles, cupboards and more

You can also use it on doors, tiles, cupboards and more

It is a great way to decorate your home without having to paint or hang wallpapers

It is a great way to decorate your home without having to paint or hang wallpapers

You can create any picture, shape or writing you want

You can create any picture, shape or writing you want

It is a wonderful thing for the childrens room

It is a wonderful thing for the childrens room

The tapes can be removed easily without any trace

The tapes can be removed easily without any trace

You can decorate for all seasons and occasions

You can decorate for all seasons and occasions

The mt Casa tapes are available in many different colours, patterns and sizes

The mt Casa tapes are available in many different colours, patterns and sizes

wide pink mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 5cm deco tape

wide pink mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 5cm deco tape

wide mt Casa Washi Tape 5cm dots red green deco tape

wide mt Casa Washi Tape 5cm dots red green deco tape

extra wide blue mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm deco tape

extra wide blue mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm deco tape

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm lilac dots deco tape

extra wide mt Casa Washi Tape 10cm lilac dots deco tape

super wide lilac mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 20cm deco tape

super wide lilac mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 20cm deco tape

super wide mt Casa Washi Tape 20cm red rose deco tape

super wide mt Casa Washi Tape 20cm red rose deco tape

Welcome to Japan Hobby Show Part 1

Part of our team went to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago to visit the Japan Hobby Show. It was a really great exhibition with lots to see and try. As the trade show was open to the public the whole time, there were lots of opportunities to actually use different hobby products like fabrics, clay, colours, different techniques etc. We took hundreds of pictures which we want to show to you guys. So today we’re kicking off our little series with some general impressions from the show.

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Sandra next to the official poster of the Japan Hobby Show 2013

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Large exhibition halls with thousands of people who try many of the presented products

Wonderful accessories

Wonderful accessories

Do it yourself - people could really try lots of things

Do it yourself – people could really try lots of things

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

A fashion show by students who made cute candy outfits

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Lots of crafting accessories like deco tapes

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Not everything was girly, boys and men loved this miniature car section

Some children are assembling miniature items

Some children are assembling miniature items

Lots of ways to be creative

Lots of ways to be creative

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

Super cute DIY sets to make funny play dough animals

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

We will probably carry these 3D papercraft frame sets in our shop soon

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

These DIY wall decoration sets look adorable too

kawaii tree ornaments

kawaii tree ornaments

Really amazing miniature rooms

Really amazing miniature rooms

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

Lots more miniature rooms and houses

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