Henna has existed for centuries--a fact that everyone is aware of by evidence, history, and cultural tales. But henna body art, or mehndi (mehendi), has existed in its intricate form in the more recent years. Although women would put henna to stain their skin, detailed and meticulous henna application did not become popular until the 80s. A modern “tool” was found, and the application of henna body art in its modern day, intricate form, was born. While other tools of application have been developed and used widely today for the application of henna, the mylar cone is a popular and easily accessible tool of the trade.
Let’s talk about the mylar cone and its functions. The mylar cone is readily accessible because it can be made out of any plastic material. This material can be from packaging, recycled bags, or even as fancy as mylar paper (used on shiny balloons) or gift basket wrapping paper, which is what we use in our workshop.
The mylar cone is easy to make and requires a little bit of patience and practice to learn.
Learn how to roll a mylar cone, then take a closer look at mylar cones with our workshop creative photos.
We start our mylar cone with a triangular shape. We cut off the edge a little bit so it is easier to tape shut.
Then we roll the paper into a cone shape.
This is where it gets a little difficult…. Once the cone shape is there, we pull the inside portion of the cone, while twisting the outside portion in the opposite direction to get a pointy tip.
Once the cone looks good, we use a small piece of tape to secure the edge and stop it from unraveling.
Viola! The cone is ready for filling—but that is a story for another day!
Join us next time for Workshop Days on Cones Part 2, but until then, enjoy these creatives!