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Jo Sonja’s Polyurethane Water Based Gloss Varnish. Used in the same way as textile medium, but results in a stiffer end product, so it is perfect for vessels, bowls, and sculptures.
Going by various names, such as silk paper, silk felt and silk fusion, the name for this technique and the resulting material has become somewhat of a misnomer. First, it is not quite a paper or a felt. Secondly, it can be done with so many more fibers than just silk!
For those not familiar with the technique – fibers are laid out between sheets of netting or screening, wet with soapy water, and a textile medium is applied. After it is dried, the netting is removed and the piece is heat-set. Surface embellishment can occur before wetting, after the medium is applied, or after the piece has been dried and heat-set. Sheets of material made this way can be used in sewing projects, scrapbooking, vessel construction, quilting, basket weaving and much more. Vessels, masks and sculptural pieces can be formed while the material is still wet, giving additional possibilities.
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