Designed to cultivate our inherent sense of wonder and exploration, Sola Cube features rare natural specimens captured forever in acrylic. Hyper-polished and distortion-free, these expertly preserved curiosities make a fantastic gift for the naturalist in your life and will captivate guests of your home and office. Custom beech and walnut display stands are available here.
Specimens include: Dandelion Fluff (tampopo), Eucalyptus, Globe Amaranth (sennichiko), Bunny Tail Grass (usaginoo), Small Globe Thistle (ruritamaazami), Strawflower (kaigaraso), and Sweetgum (momiji bafu).
About Acrylate Resin Casting
Similar to amber, insects and other curiosities can be preserved in acrylic resin for generations. The process typically involves pouring acrylic into a mold with the dried plant on a slightly solidified gel. The specimen is then pressurized in the mold to remove bubbles before being slowly heated to stabilize the acrylic bonds. Finally, the specimen is shaped and buffed to remove any surface markings.
Materials: Acrylic resin, Specimen
Dimensions: L:1.57" x W:1.57" x H:1.57"
Care: Polish occasionally with a soft cloth
From sealing a lunch bag to wrapping a special gift, the world of washi tape is a playground for the creative mind. Washi tape is made from translucent Japanese rice paper and comes in an endless spectrum of colors and patterns. It features a gentle adhesive, making it easy to stick on and tear off without damaging any surfaces. Its soft, tactile texture and colorful prints are perfect for craft projects- use it to customize and decorate notebooks, letters, labels, packages, and even your walls!
About MT Washi Tape
Washi tape was invented by MT, a 100-year-old company specializing in paper adhesives. In 2006, the company received notice that three women in Tokyo had been using their utility tapes to make beautiful craft projects. Inspired by their creativity, MT invited the women to tour the factory and began developing an entirely new type of colorful, adaptable tape that could be used for creative projects. Today, washi tape comes in thousands of colors, prints, and designs, and has a cult following among crafters and stationery aficionados throughout the world.
Materials: Washi Paper
Dimensions: Diameter: 1/2"
Looking for a weekend crafting project? Look no further than Shibori, a sophisticated indigo textile dyeing technique. Often referred to as “Japanese tie-dye”, Shibori dyeing uses clamping and binding techniques to create beautiful white and indigo patterns. Yamato Indigo is a natural powder dye consisting of extracts from indigo plants, which makes it non-toxic and safe for use for all ages. Simply mix it with water and start dyeing- no heating or fermentation is necessary. Use to dye cotton, silk, leather, even wood... the possibilities are endless!
Includes instructions. Learn how to Shibori dye your own creations on Rikumo Journal.
About Curious Corners
Curious Corners was founded in 2014 in New York City by Sayaka Toyama. Her team leads indigo workshops, provides dyeing services, and produces products to promote the rich history of indigo and other Japanese textile traditions. Curious Corners believes the truest shade of indigo comes from nature and not a color chart, so they work with and produce only non-toxic natural indigo.
Materials: Indigo Plant Extract, Chemical Indigo, Alkaline Agents, Reducing Agents
Dimensions: Height: 7 ½” Width: 5 ½”
Made in the USA.
Looking for a weekend crafting project? Look no further than Shibori, a sophisticated indigo textile dyeing technique. Often referred to as “Japanese tie-dye”, Shibori dyeing uses clamping and binding techniques to create beautiful white and indigo patterns on everything from silk to leather.
This kit contains everything you need to make your own Shibori creations: a pack of natural Yamato indigo dye, wooden sticks, rubber bands, a few pairs of gloves, two tenugui, and two cotton bandanas to experiment with. Yamato Indigo is a natural powder dye consisting of extracts from indigo plants, making it non-toxic and safe for use for all ages. Easy to use, Yamato indigo doesn’t require fermentation or heating- just add water and start dyeing!
A classic children’s toy, rattles are known to stimulate a baby’s tactile, visual, and musical senses. This geometric rattle shakes vertically or horizontally, making knocking sounds that keep your little one entertained for hours. Made of smooth, lightweight beech wood, the undulated rattle is sealed with beeswax for an easy grip.
About Moku Yusya
These artful wooden toys are created in a small toymakers’ workshop based in the rural prefecture of Ehime, where beechwood trees grow locally. Made with all-natural materials, each classic toy is designed to be passed down through the generations. A portion of proceeds from the purchase of these toys is donated to support the Carbon Offsetting Project, a Japan-based effort to combat global climate change.
Materials: Beech wood, beeswax finish
Dimensions: Height: 5 ⅜”, Width: ¾”