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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

[Trans] 08.02.2011 Love songs' Blog Update: The story behind the birth of ayupans

The story behind the birth of ayupans
8 February 2011. 9:51pm

Good evening!

I'm Mayuzumi, or "Zu-Mi-Ma-Yu-" on Twitter.

Firstly, let me introduce myself a little to those who don't know who I am.

I create goods.


for all those who have questions like

"What goods will come out this time?..."

Or "How did you make this goods?..."

I'll use this entry to show everyone the making-of story of some goods ♪

I'm sure everyone is aware that

To commemorate 『ayumi hamasaki Rock'n'Roll Circus Tour FINAL ~7days Special~』 DVD release on 30 March,

ayupans dressed in stage costumes will be sold on mu-mo from 18 March onwards!

It's already become tradition, eh? ヽ(・∀・)ノ♪

And so! This time, we'll bring you right into the ayupan-making process... ♪

【1】 Creating Illustrations

Firstly... don-san (Yamamoto Nori), who always does ayupan illustrations, will look at the stage costumes and sketch out some drawings.


Even the sketches of ayupan are so cute ♪

And then, we will decide on things like "Let's put her in this pose ♪" and "Let's emphasize this bit!"...


Illustrations done!!

【2】 Making Models

Next, expert figurine moulders will follow the illustrations to create real ayupan figure models!

These models determine how the final ayupan will look like, so this is a very very important step.

The artist's skills shine through ☆


So detailed (≧o≦;)

These are slowly cut out from wax!

【3】 Making Replicas from Silicon Moulds

Next, using silicon moulds, we copy the template model made in 【2】.


Captions. Top: Silicon. Bottom: Liquid mould flows in from here

Then we pour in liquid mould...


Caption: Replica

We make 2 replicas!

These replicas are made of a material harder than wax. One of the replicas will go on a journey as a template to create many many more replicas...

The other replica...

【4】 Making Coloured Samples

Is used for sample colouring for the ayupan!!

Following a preset colouring code, the replica is coloured, and final touches are added.

This coloured ayupan will then go on a journey as a sample to the colouring factory.


※ Welcoming these 3 ayupans on their journey

And then, all the mass-produced figurines will be hand coloured one-by-one,

and many many ayupan figurines are born ♪(o=゜▽゜)人(゜▽゜=o)♪

This is a simplified process, but that's the story of the ayupan-making-of process that is taking place right now.

All this while... And way into the future too... Many workers had and will create ayupans with love, using their hands.

And on 16 March 4pm, photos of the completed ayupans will be uploaded onto the ayupan special page in mu-mo shop.

Do check it out.

And that was U。・ェ・。U Mayuzumi

Credit: Misa-chan @ AHS
Original source: Love songs' Blog
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