Thursday, 19 July 2012

Chinese Reunion Fan - Tuan Shan


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Last month, we watched a Chinese TV series that happened in the Qing Era. Costumes and accessories used by the actresses were beautiful. One of the thing they used was Tuan Shan - Reunion Fan. Unlike the usual Tze Shan (Paper Fan or Folded Fan), this is made from silk and patterns were stitched on.

When Abby saw it she asked us to get her one. The problem is, there aren't many of these around in the UK, and we certainly didn't want to spend money for it, in case it will end up in one of the toy boxes. So I decided to make her one.

Initially I was going to use white stocking fabric to make it, like how you make fairy wings. But I couldn't find any bamboo spokes, which was the kind of material we use to make Chinese lanterns frames. So I found myself some florist Rattan twigs that was slightly closer to what I wanted, but it was too soft for the stocking.


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This one here was my second attempt, making improvements along the way. It's not difficult at all, and if your child is too young, you can always make it for them to decorate. Also, since I'm not really a crafty person, I'm sure there are better materials to make this fan than what I scraped up from home, for example, glue gun and florist tape (white if there is any?). Please do let me know if you have anything to replace the Rattan twigs.


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You'll need:

4 x  27"     Florist Rattan Twigs
2 x  20cm x 20cm     Tinted Cellophane 
3 x  1.5cm wide x 35cm long     Strips of the same colour tinted cellophane
1 x  6cm x 7cm    Cut out from a Toilet Roll Inner
1 x  Ribbon
Cellotape/ stronger tape in natural colour
Super Glue/ Glue Gun
Stickers and bits for decoration


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1. Wrap the 4 Rattan twigs tightly together with a cellotape.


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2. Gently bend the twig around to form a circle, with 2 inches of each end sticking out. Bend the ends down to form a short handle. You will want to do this gently as it might break off from the frame.


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3. Wrap them tightly together with cellotape to form the frame of the fan. Adjust the frame gently to form a rounder shape.


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4. Take the piece of Toilet Roll Inner and wrap it tightly around the handle of the fan's frame. Remove the frame and cellotape the tube together. 


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5. Stick a corner of a piece of ribbon on one end, then wrap the ribbon tightly around the tube to cover it. Put some more glue at the end to stick the ribbon down. Make sure you leave extra ribbon at the end to fold into the tube, making it neater. You can squeeze some glue inside the tube to hold the ribbon in if needed.

Put some glue around the fan's frame handle, then slot it inside the tube.


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6. Wrap the strips of cellophane around the frame the way you did with the ribbon. Put glue on each end of each strip, but be careful as glue will take away the tint.

7. Place the frame on the bigger pieces of cellophane and cut its shape out.


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8. Put some glue on the frame and stick a piece of cellophane on each side. Make sure one side is dry enough before flipping it over.

Now the fun bit. Decorate the fan however you or your child like. Stickers are great, but crystals might not hold (ours kept falling off). After taking the pictures, Abby added more stickers and ribbon as well.


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You can make a paper version with drawings on it, or make it more challenging and sew some Chinese stitches on a piece of fabric!




















Modified the pink one to this after Clay destroyed it.


























And made this earlier with the white stocking and threads I used to use for cross stitching.