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Welcome to the George Weil Blog FAQs which includes information about the art and craft products sold on this website. There are project ideas, photographs of items created by our customers, product reviews, and step-by-step instructions.  

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  • Batik is an ancient method of creating patterns on cloth or paper. It is a resist technique which uses melted wax or other barriers such as flour or starch. The resist prevents paint and dye from penetrating the fabric. Hot or liquid wax can applied by using a tjanting (or canting), sticks, wooden stamps or brushes or by dripping it onto the surfac

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  • Great news for artists who prefer a safer working environment and for schools and colleges too. Winsor & Newton Artisan Oil paint is a genuine oil colour which avoids conventional solvents and their associated fumes and hazards. Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours have been specifically developed to appear and work just like traditional oil paint

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  • Acrylic paints are highly versatile, possessing very different qualities to watercolours and oils. The formulation of the paint gives excellent adhesion to most surfaces and the flexibility of the paint allows it to expand and contract while maintaining integrity. The paints are very tough, once dry they are permanent, flexible and water insoluble.

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  • Selectasine The Selectasine screen printing system offers the screen printer a choice of binders and pigments to create various effects. The Metallic Binder MT has been formulated specifically to combine with our metallic powders. These extra fine metallic pigments are available in gold or silver. The particles are tiny enough to create a liquid me

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  • We have some very exciting news for our George Weil customers. We are pleased to announce that George Weil & Sons Ltd will shortly be extending the range of products to include fine art supplies for artists and students from all leading brands including Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Caran d'Ache, Derwent, Jaker, Unison and more. Some of yo

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  • Makin's Clay has been formulated as an air-dry polymer clay and the 'safe non-toxic' message on the box makes it ideal for children (over 3 years old) to use. According to these instructions inside the box, Makin's Clay: "Can be shaped, rolled, stretched, or sculpted. Clay dries with normal exposure to air after approximately 24 hours (drying time

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  • Fibres derived from plants are also known as cellulose fibres (except for Soybean which is a protein fibre, see below). These cellulose fibres are used in spinning and papermaking (using both the traditional technique and the silk papermaking technique), 3d embroidery techniques and feltmaking when combined with wool fibres or worked with a felting

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  • These lovely cards have been hand crafted in coloured Lokta paper which is a medium weight, textured paper with a soft handle. The pale pink heart is cut-out from silk rag paper and the smaller hearts are made from silk paper made using hand-dyed silk fibres and CMC paste. Learn more about making silk paper with adhesive mediums. The pink card has

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  • Jacquard Lumiere paints come in a range of highly pigmented metallic and pearlescent colours. They can be used on a variety of materials including fabrics, leather, wood, paper, clay and knits. This thick paint is smooth to apply and does not spread, allowing good control during application. It can be heat set on fabric with an iron and remains fle

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  • The new formula Art Clay Silver clay will shortly be available from the George Weil website. We asked expert Joy Funnell (see Joy's website where you can find out about her courses) to test and comment. Here is her very positive feedback! Joy's Oriental Pagoda made from the new formula Art Clay Silver clay before and after enamelling "The clay feel

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  • We thought you may like to see what Jo did with the super soft Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn. Jo hand dyed the yarn before knitting. Jo decided to knit the yarn to make a snood. She knitted the wool into a large square and then sewed up two of the opposite sides. The opening of the snood is placed over the head and can be worn around the neck and

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  • Masumi Honda, the owner of Spinnuts has been a customer of Fibrecrafts, and more recently George Weil, for approaching 30 years. Over that time we have selected the cream of British hand spinning quality fleece from across a wide range of breeds which we send to her in Japan. In some years the total was over 1 tonne! Naturally she has become a very

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  • You may remember this little boy from previous posts? In a blink of an eye, Felix has now reached the ripe old age of 2 and we helped celebrate his birthday today with delicious chocolate cake brought in by Mum. Crumbs - is that all that's left! Happy Birthday Felix! Who doesn't love a present? Early signs of Genius!

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  • We're often asked to recommend a book about specific crafts featured on the George Weil website. Anne Field's 'Learn to Spin' ticks all the boxes when it comes to learning everything you need to know about spinning a fibre to create a yarn. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, Anne guides the novice spinner through all they need to know to

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  • Silk paints are made from insoluble dye particles suspended in water and combined with a fixative which is set by ironing the back of the painted fabric. The paint is very fluid and formulated specifically to simulate dye. The brands of silk paint available from the George Weil website include Javana Silk, Deka Silk and Jacquard Dye-na-flow. Silk p

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  • I was quite daunted when I first pinned my 90cm x 90cm Pongee silk scarf to the stretcher frame. I had two colours of DEKA Silk (black and lemon) and wanted to demonstrate how they could be used effectively to decorate the scarf. My simple design didn't include having to use a gutta outliner or precise application. I began with the black paint, bl

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  • The Selectasine range of binders and pigments offer the textile artist a variety of options for screen printing and painting. Puff Binder This test shows how the Selectasine Puff Binder combined with Selectasine Pigment performs on finely woven cotton fabric. The pigment colour Fiery Red was combined with the puff binder at approximately 1 part pig

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  • by Allison Holland The mini weaving loom is ideal for learning the basics of weaving. The loom measures 28cm x 39cm and has a weaving width of 23cm. When you get the loom out of the box, you will find that it already holds a weaving sample. The threads which are strung onto the loom (in white) are known as the warp and the threads which are woven o

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  • These silver earrings were made from Art Clay Silver clay. They are a simple project for anyone who has never used this precious metal clay. I used just 10g (5g for each earring) which I divided into two pieces. Digital scales are useful for weighing into equal sizes. To make the shape, I rolled each piece of clay into a ball and then pierced the b

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  • We thought that some of you may like to paint a silk tie and give it as a special present for Christmas. My sons and I painted a silk tie for their father many years ago and we got tremendous pleasure from making him wear it! That was a decade ago and he still has it tucked away at the back of his wardrobe. Silk tie with gutta outliner This latest

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