Tuesday, 28 June 2011
This ethnic necklace was made by a complete novice from left over polymer clay. Although there was more black than white, both colours were rolled into logs of the same length.
The log was divided evenly with a sharp craft knife by halving, halving again, and so on until it was divided into 16 pieces.
The finished necklace has 17 beads of varying sizes. A small amount of clay was taken off the other segments to make the 17th piece.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
|Rolls of Habotai Silk|
The metric equivalent of 1 mm is 4.3g per square metre and a small Pongee silk scarf, 28 cm x 28 cm (10" x 10") weighs just under 13g.
We offer a range of undyed 100% silk fabrics, plus a number silk mix fabrics. The lightest silk is Gauze Chiffon 3.5 mm and the heaviest is Noil Poplin 36 mm.
|Chiffon scarf dyed with Acid Dyes|
The light and airy chiffon is excellent for building layers in embroidery and can be used as a base in Nuno felt making.
Visit our website to view the range of silk fabrics >
Thursday, 16 June 2011
The 200 metre balls of 100% New Zealand semi-worsted wool yarn are especially designed for softness and strength. They are available in a selection of 9 random colours, 23 flat colours, and 5 natural colours.
Here are examples of the random colours, left is 'Carnival' knitted and right is 'Seascape' woven.
See more about the Ashford Tekapo wool yarns on our website
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
|Skeleton leaves, paper yarn & Mulberry paper surround the photos.|
The Lokta paper pages of these books (which are held in place by removeable screw posts) have been calendered, making the surface smooth enough to run through an inkjet printer. The example below shows the page printed with text and frame borders to showcase the precious photographs.
|Petals & ribbon decorate this inkjet printed page|
The mouse and caterpillar have been made from felted Merino wool tops. The fibres were wetted with soap and hot water before being rolled between the hands to make them felt together. The caterpillar is made from a series of different sized felt balls threaded together (find out more about how the felt caterpillar was made), and the mouse was created using the same technique, after first teasing the body into shape.
Jane Rodgers crafted this charming teddy by needle felting Italian silk waste. The sharp felting needle has small barbs along its length which hook the fibres back on themselves and knot them into the mass. It is possible to create remarkably detailed models using this technique, see our range of Felt Making books to get you started.
Although an early attempt at modelling with polymer clay, Sophie Scanlon achieved this model of a tiny giraffe. Polymer clay is a highly versatile, non-toxic, modelling material that can be hardened by baking in the home oven. Once baked it is permanent and can be cut, sawn, glued, painted and more. The wide range of colours and translucent clay, which can be used alone or mixed with colours to make pastel shades, are appealing to modellers and jewellery makers alike.
Liam Farlow used his imagination to create this 5 piece dragon which gives the illusion that the creature is swimming in water. Liam used Newclay air-dry clay and then painted the dragon with Jacquard Lumiere acrylic based paints. George Weil stock a large range of modelling clays including Newclay and Makins air-dry clays and Modroc, Sculpey and Fimo polymer clays, and Art Clay silver clays, find out more.
Friday, 3 June 2011
To fuse the fibres, spread a thin layer between two sheets of paper and brush a warm iron across the paper. After a few seconds, carefully peel back the top sheet to see if the fibres have fused and iron again if they need more time.
Due to their reflective properties, the fibres are notoriously difficult to photograph and their true qualities need to be seen! Visit the website to see the full colour range of Angelina fibres >
|Angelina Heat-Bondable Fibres available in 9 colours|