Thursday, June 6, 2013

More Texture

I read about this technique quite awhile ago on the And Then We Set It On Fire blog.  You wrap something round like marbles, as I used, or buttons or stones in polyester fabric.  It must be polyester. I used polyester Satin from Joannes's.  After making your cluster of marbles you put them in boiling water and boil for 30 minutes.  Then you take them out of the boiling water and plunge them into a bowl of ice water with lots of ice.  Take them out of the water when they are completely cool and unwrap the marbles. The fabric will keep the shape.

On the first try I used heavy red thread and that was difficult to work with.  On the next few I used string, better but it still had its issues.  I was told to try dental floss, that it holds tight and doesn't slip. If I decide to do anymore that's what I will use.

I'm not sure how or if I will use them in my red texture piece I'm working on.  I'm thinking of trimming away or tucking under the background and just using the balls like bunches of grapes.  It was fun to try even if I don't use them.

1 comment:

my croft said...

Try the small rubber bands for littel girls' hair -- the hairstyle with lots of tiny braids -- instead of thread to bind the marbles. I get them at the Dollar Store.