This is part one of Universal Doll’s Deco series. Inside I’ll explain types, how-to, recommended stores, deco in the media etc…
Part One: Intro
Part Two: Visiting a Pro Shop
Part Three: Simple How-to (including recommend supplies and shops)
Part Four: Advanced Techniques
Part Five: Great Deco vs. oh… that’s uhhh nice
Now onto Part One!
So what’s Deco?
Deco （デコ） Short for decoration (デコレーション)、it’s also common to use this kanji when speaking about it 凸, meaning brow or raise. It’s all about adding decoration to everyday objects. Most common is decoden (デコ電), meaning to decorate your cellphone.
Show me some examples!
Sweets – big in the lolita community but not as much in the gal community or with everyday Japanese girls. Although local toy stores are now offering a sweets making package and ramping up some interest.
Kirakira – sparkly mostly full crystal especially full Swarovski work.
Character – Rillakuma and Hello Kitty are favorites but anpanman and other old standbys are done as well. Seals for rilla are available at toy and deco stores in Japan. Hello Kitty official Swarovski deco is only done by Bling me, who have a few stores in Japan one being in Shinjuku st. in Tokyo.
Rock – metallic, big chains, large stones either gold or silver emphasis with traditional rock colors often used (red black). A simple rock style is targeted towards guys with skulls and such adding a male touch.
Mori – using large stones to create a look. Mostly Swarovski and done on small items such as pillcases or as a small emphasis like a mirror.