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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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  • 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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  • The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers - and our staff. Sales Manager at George Weil, Jo, couldn't resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit up. Jo used 'Cyan' H Dupont Classique Dye Jo, like many of us, "can't do with all that faffing about" and decided to exp

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  • Gedeo Siligum Mould Paste is a fast setting 2 part silicone moulding paste for moulding small objects with resin, polymer clay or Art Clay Silver clay. The silicone mould is smooth and flexible and can be used for over 50 casts. It is fast setting (5-10 minutes) and will replicate the smallest detail. The silicone moulding putty is made by combinin

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  • The Ashford Fringe Twister has been designed to make light work of making twisted fringe for handwoven garments, knitted scarves or for needle work projects - the finishing touch to your handmade items. You can also use the finge twister to create corded cotton, or to twist sliver prior to felting it. Features There are four alligator clips mounted

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  • By Allison Holland The new Gedeo silicone moulds from Pebeo have been added to our range of craft products to compliment the exciting new resins introduced in the previous post. There are two moulds, one offering a selection of cabochon shapes and the other a variety of button shapes. These moulds are non-stick and can be used with various modellin

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  • We've extended our range of modelling and jewellery making materials to include a selection of Pebeo's Gedeo Resins, silicone moulds and Siligum silicone moulding putty. The Gedeo Crystal Clear Resin has been trusted by professional and fashion designers for over ten years. It has a high transparency and strength and is ideal for mouldings, inclusi

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  • Citric Acid is a weak organic acid used as an acidifier in dyeing. It will alter the pH level of the dye bath and is an odourless alternative to white vinegar when immersion dyeing protein fibres such as silk and wool with Acid Dyes. If you are painting or printing with Acid dyes, or using Procion MX dyes as an acid dye, and wish to steam or microw

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  • There are a number of thickening agents and assistants available from the George Weil website. SILKPAINT RESIST Silkpaint Resist is a water soluble resist which when applied to fabric, can be used as an outliner to define areas in silk painting or to block out areas to create batik effects. Dye or silk paint colours can be added to the resist to ti

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  • George Weil have been selling the range of DEKA paints for many years and they continue to be popular with our customers. The DEKA Transparent and DEKA Cristal paints are fully transparent, bright colours which dry to a glossy finish on glass, metal, wood, ceramic, polymer clay, metal foils, acrylic and more. The difference between the paints are t

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