George Weil Blog & FAQs

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. See also our USEFUL LINKS page which includes a listing of websites offering information about the products sold on our website, training resources and Guilds.

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Handmade Mulberry Paper

Handmade Mulberry Paper

The Papershed handmade Mulberry paper is made from the bast (the long strong fibres from the inner bark) of the Mulberry tree. The fibres (also known as Kozo) are stripped and beaten to separate out the longer, tougher fibres for ...
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Mohair Loop Yarn

Luxury Scarf from Mohair Loop Yarn

This Mohair Loop Yarn just has to be seen and felt! It is luxuriously soft and knits into a sumptuous scarf – ideal for Christmas presents. The scarf was knitted using the basic knit stitch on size 10mm Surina wooden ...
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Spiral Polymer Clay Beads

How to make a Spiral Patterned Polymer Clay Cane

with Sue Heaser A spiral cane is one of the easiest types of cane to make out of polymer clay. The spiral cane slices can be applied to all kinds of projects for a stylish and modern look. These beads ...
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Pattern on polymer clay

Polymer Clay Buttons

with Sue Heaser The working possibilities of polymer clay are endless. By blending fully pigmented colours with a translucent colour it can be made to emulate semi-precious stones or it can be inlaid with coloured resin to create faux enamel. ...
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How to Make Buttons out of Polymer Clay

with Sue Heaser Polymer Clay is a marvellous material for making your own buttons. The huge range of mixable colours means that you can create buttons to match any fabric, fibre or hand knit. Polymer clay buttons are machine washable ...
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Liquid Polymer Clay

Transferring Images using Liquid Polymer Clay

Translucent Liquid Sculpey is a bakeable liquid polymer medium. That means that it shares many of the same properties as solid polymer clay but has a number of characteristics that offer unique and unexpected possibilities. Find out more about Translucent ...
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knitted-tops

Knitting from a Wool Top

The Fibrecrafts Merino wool tops have a long fibre length which means that it can be knitted or crocheted without being spun, to create a thick, dense knitted fabric ideal for making Afghan squares, scarves and hats. If you would ...
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Locker Hooking with Wool Tops

Locker Hooking

Locker hooking is a fairly simple craft with very satisfying results. Locker hooked fabric can be used to make rugs, mats, bags and wall hangings. You can also use the technique to embellish open weave hats, loose knit sweaters and ...
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Reindeer Lichen

Experimental Dyeing with Lichens

These notes appear originally on the Yahoo Group ‘Natural Dyes’ and have been reproduced with the kind permission of the author, Dick Huset. “Three years ago after a trip up to the arctic where the big lichen ‘ears’ have been ...
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Knitting from a Mawata Cap

It is possible to knit from any continuous length, whether it be deliciously soft wool yarn or a ball of common household string. Knitting directly from the silk Mawata Cap, which we sell to you as a fibre, can work ...
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Beginning Inkle Weaving

An inkle loom is ideal for learning about the technique of weaving. You can weave long strips of fabric which can be used as straps, belts, and decorative edgings. Our photographs are of the Schacht Inkle Loom. Understanding Basic Weaving ...
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Indigo dye powder

Indigo Dye Vat using Yeast & Sugar

These alternative indigo dye recipes are reproduced with the kind permission of Alison Daykin at Alison Yule Textiles. Find out more about indigo and how to set up a traditional indigo dye vat. Indigo Dye Vat using Yeast and Sugar ...
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Dyeing with Indigo – including Indigo Dye Recipe

Here we include an Indigo Dye Recipe and a little about the history of this ancient dye. Indigo is probably the most widely used dyestuff of all time – indeed denim jean material is still coloured using indigo dye as ...
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Freeform knitting

Freeform Knitting & Crochet

Delicious oddments of yarns, the simple tool of a crochet hook and a piece of rug canvas can pave the way to making an original designer hand bag. This bag, made by Coralie Miles, shows the exciting colours and textures ...
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Polymer clay decorated with foil

Using Foil or Metal Leaf on Polymer Clay

Using foil or metal leaf to decorate polymer clay can be very effective. They technique is surprisingly simple yet very effective. Sue Heaser’s necklace was made by rolling out a piece of black polymer clay and laying a sheet of ...
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Spinning Wheel, Flyers, Bobbins and Whorls

There is a strong relationship between the fittings on the spinning wheel and the type of yarn easily produced. This explains why many spinners have more than one wheel. The working unit on all modern spinning wheels is the combination ...
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name-plaques

Make a Name Plaque from a Flexible Mould

with Sue Heaser (see also pages on using Sculpey Flexible Moulds and Layering colours in Sculpey Flexible Moulds) Sculpey Alphabet moulds can be used to mould letters for childrens name plaques. These have dozens of uses such as for party ...
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Moulds for polymer clay

Using Flexible Moulds for Polymer Clay

with Sue Heaser Sculpey Flexible Push Molds are incredibly easy to use for moulding all brands of polymer clay. The moulds are made of flexible rubber, so once you have pushed the clay into the mould, you can flex it to ...
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Setting screen printing inks

Selectasine Printing System, curing and fixing

Inks made from the Selectasine Binders and Pigments provide excellent wash fastness on fabric. It is advisable to allow the ink to dry for at least 24 hours before fixing them with heat. When the print is dry, the screen ...
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How to fire Art Clay Silver Clay

Firing Art Clay Silver Clay

Preparation before Firing Great News! Although the following still applies to Art Clay Silver Clay, the New Art Clay Silver clay formula has increased the working time of this product! See our “New Formula Art Clay Silver Clay – Tried ...
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