View Full Version : Review: Clover Pom-Pom Maker

08-28-2010, 09:26 AM
Name of Product: 85 mm Clover Pom Pom Maker
Website: http://www.clover.co.jp/index.shtml *Japan only (I imagine similar gadgets are sold in other countries too)
Links to picture(s): http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2688966/ Video: http://www.clover.co.jp/movie/s_ponponmaker.html

We needed a calcifer for a Howl, Sophie and Castle combo we're planning casually for Halloween. Since we want to keep the whole set cheap, we passed on the 2,000-3,000 yen Studio Ghibli califurs and decided we ought to be able to do better on our own somehow.

Seeing this little baby on the shelf led to all sorts of grand plans :) For 800 yen, it had to come home with us (along with 2 bags of fleecy, loose-woven wool yarn).

Pros: It's easy-enough to use and requires very little in the way of skill or materials. Once you've figured out how the mechanism works, it's easy to get carried away churning out pom-pom creatures, bunny tails and hairties until your fluff runs out.

Round plushie-style creations look great in the softer wool and coarser wool works great for more traditional pompoms for hats and knitting projects.

The user-friendliness would make it a great craft project for kids or families.

Calcifer (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2688969/) came out great... 5 times (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2688974/) ^^;;; It was hard to stop~

Cons: There's only so much you can make with round little balls of fluff. The larger-size makes it a bit of a pain to store and when your initial fluffball project is over: it may become just another more or less useless gadget stuffed in a drawer.

Final Comments: Need hiibirds, baby chocobos, calcifers, dust bunnies, bunny tails or hat-toppers? This is great for them. Just be aware that like any specialized gadget, it's novelty (and usefulness) might wear off quickly.

Final Grade: 7

09-19-2010, 11:13 AM
haha! so many balls of fluff 8'D

Making pom poms are addicting. I used to have a Chinese variation of this pom pom maker when I was younger....but my parents told me to stop because they were sick of the various pom pom animals scattered around.....>_____>

10-01-2010, 12:37 AM
Oh my gosh, Japanese infomercials. So funny yet so hard to watch. XD

Anyway. When they were first showing the thing I was thinking, "Oh that's neat... but what would I ever use it for?" And I hadn't thought of a lot of the cosplay uses. And I suppose they would make neat baubles for bags and hats, if you're into that >3> *not into that* it is really neat, though, thanks for reviewing! I'll definitely keep it in mind if I ever have to make a roundy... fluffy thing. I'm sure I'll need to make one of those some days.

10-14-2010, 01:48 PM
That actually looks nicer than the pompom makers I've found at the craft stores. Maybe Clover will eventually bring them over here (their crochet hooks rock, so I would look forward to other stuff from them).

01-20-2011, 12:04 PM
Clover has a US website :)
Pom-Pom Makers for US customers (http://www.clover-usa.com/products/268067/Pom-Pom_Makers)

02-03-2011, 06:39 AM
This is great. Thank you. A bunch of natural kei, dolly kei and Mori girls outside of Japan were looking for something like this.

04-09-2011, 11:06 PM
How cute! First time I've ever seen a pom pom maker, and it looks so simple, too!

04-22-2011, 10:55 PM
It's very possible to make pompoms with just a piece of cardboard.. and it doesn't cost anything.. And you've got the freedom to do different sizes O.O