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article first appeared in the December
2004 byhand Newsletter
was introduced to Tyvek
many years ago and have used it extensively for book hinges.
what is Tyvek?
a tough, durable sheet product, stronger than paper and more
versatile than fabrics. It's made from high-density polyethylene
fibers which combine some of the properties of paper, film and
cloth. It is rip and water-resistant. And it looks amazing when
you add colour to it. The colour enhances the fibres in the
sheet. Here is how I did this fishy. It'll go on the front of
sure your Tyvek
is laying on something that won't mind getting coloured! Slather
the surface with clean water. Drop one drop of Acrylic
Ink on the surface of the paper.
it with a brush
(not one of your good watercolour brushes! Don't forget this
another colour of acrylic ink. I used blues and purple for this
sheet. Spread the ink and mix it in some places with the other
with the violet ink - one drop is plenty of colour - this stuff
to your content! Try not to mix the colours completely, you
want patches of true colour here and there.
in case you believe Tyvek is waterproof - this is the surface
of my glass covered drafting table after I remove the Tyvek
the sheet to dry.
warning about Tyvek.
I have used Tyvek to wrap the cover boards of books - if the
book gets warm, the Tyvek will begin to melt and the cover will
used Colorbox Crafters Ink to stamp the Fred Mullet fish.
The colour was Midnight. Don't heat
set or emboss the design!! The Tyvek will melt (which
is another fun project itself!).
ink will take a while to dry....
your artwork to size and use double
sided tape to adhere it to a card!
TyvekŪ is basically a synthetic paper....
TyvekŪ is the DuPont brand name for spunbonded olefin. DuPont
Tyvek offers the best characteristics of paper, film, and fabric
in one material. It's light but incredibly strong, so don't
expect to tear it to get a fuzzy edge! You may have seen envelopes
made from Tyvek which are almost indestructable.
Why does the crafter enjoy using Tyvek? Well it's those lovely
fibre swirls you can see running through the sheet that make
it so interesting. When you treat Tyvek with acrylic ink, it
absorbs the colour but you can still see the fibres! Tyvek has
an extremely smooth surface and although it is water-resistant,
it isn't waterproof.
When heated, Tyvek will curl and melt. It is advised to take
care when melting Tyvek and not breath in any fumes. It's ultimate
shape is quite unpredictable!
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