I'm back with my first DIY tutorial! A lovely Decodenning tutorial just to brighten up and kawaii-fy your phone ;D I've really been practicing to making these, but honestly I've only made about two, so I can't really say I some sort of master on creating Deco phone cases. If you've got any tips or tricks, make sure to comment so I can apply them when I make my next case!
First of all, let me just say that this tutorial will probably be useful because I can explain ALL the mistakes I made so you don't make those mistakes. It will clear up what methods are difficult to proceed with (namely, the ones that I used) and which methods would probably be more convenient.
Anyway, I will start off by introducing what exactly is Decoden to you!
Decoden is a super popular fashion trend started off in Japan. The 'deco' stands for decoration, whilst the 'den' is a shortened term for phone in Japanese. (OMG I just realised thats why they are called Den Den Mushi's in One Piece!!! What a revelation!) But just note that even though it stands for decorated phones, people even decorate consoles or headphones or mirrors in the same styles.
The cases are very over the top and kawaii, loaded with bright decorations (also known as cabachons) or little charms. Popular decorations are of food or iconic cute characters like Rilakkuma or Hello Kitty. These days, most decoden phones have a 'whippy' base, so it looks like the phone case is covered in cream! That was the sort of phone case I tried to go for today but I haven't loaded it with as much stuff as some people usually would.
Here are some amazing examples of decoden:
Here's what you'll need:
gloves when handling the superglue, otherwise you'll get your fingers stuck together
NEXT LET ME INTRODUCE MY SECOND MISTAKE HERE. You can see that I've used a glue gun. It's VERY tough to use and gives my hands the biggest work out, plus the silicone comes out quite uneven. A better option is to do what normal people do, and squeeze a whole lot of silicone into a piping bag then decorate the case like you are decorating a yummy cake. Silicone is about 10$ a bottle and can be bought at Target probably.
One more thing you might need is a nail file, or some sandpaper. I'll explain that in the method.
Ok, materials. DONE. Let's move on to the method →
Firstly, after preparing all the materials, I usually arrange the decorations on the case in the design I like, just so I know what I want to do with them after whippify-ing it. Make sure that all spaces are covered. I like to work on a colour combination of sorts, but if you like a rainbow mess, no judgements from this end :)
Then, using the techniques you've just perfected, squeeze the silicone along as much of the case as you want! I've chosen to cover my whole case in the 'whipped cream'. I suggest squeezing it out in columns, from top to bottom of the case so it looks much neater !
ALSO make sure to be aware of where your camera is. You don't want anything that will obstruct the camera, otherwise your photos will turn out horrible and the case will be a massive failure. *cough my first case cough*
If you've used silicone like I did, I suggest letting this air out for a week, because it smells like vinegar and that smell lasts for DAYS. After a while though, the smell will go away and you can use the case freely. If you don't want to wait the week, you could get the proper whippy decorating cream made in Japan, but it's really expensive.
Be as creative as you want! And if you followed this tutorial; congrats on your new case!
Hope you found this useful and don't make the same mistakes I did ^_^ <3 Also let me know what tutorials you want to see in the future !
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