Friday, January 04, 2008

Gold Foil and Misty Fuse - Part One

I have never been a fan of Misty Fuse, give me Bondaweb anyday, but I was given some recently so I decided to have a go at a technique from an article by Brenda Weeks 'Bonding on the Web' in the September 2003 issue of Workshop on the Web.
(Yes, I print them off and keep them in lever arch files and I often flick through them for a bit of inspiration.)
Brenda had used Bondaweb to great effect so I guessed I could get the same results with Misty Fuse.

I started off with plain white Misty Fuse. I laid one piece on to a used piece of Bondaweb backing paper and layered it with Angelina Fibres (hot fix and standard), metallic threads and snippets of Irise film.

I then covered this with another sheet of Misty Fuse.

Another used sheet of Bondaweb backing paper was laid on top and pressed with a warm iron.
This was left to cool completely before removing the ‘sandwich’.
This is a close up of the ‘front’ of the ironed piece.
And this is the ‘back’.
The piece was laid onto a backing of Solufleece before being machine stitched in a zig zag pattern. I decided I preferred the back to be uppermost.
Gold Fibre in-Form foil was ironed on to the top after machining, with the iron set on the wool setting. If the iron is too hot foiling will not work. I also use a piece of baking parchment over the top of the foil before ironing in case I have any sticky bits on the sole plate – you can see in one of the photos above how mucky my flat iron is.
The sandwich was then immersed in hot water to dissolve the Solufleece.
The colours that showed through when the piece was in the water were amazing, I just had to try and photograph it. Just ignore the plug hole.
And this is a close up.
This is what the piece looked like once it had dried.
I then zapped it with a heat gun but I must admit, I preferred it before.

For the next sample I painted some Misty Fuse with thin acrylic paint. I made the mistake of laying it on a piece of ordinary drawing paper before painting. Consequently when it was dry I had a bit of a job pulling it away from the paper without it tearing. The next piece I painted I laid on freezer paper – works a treat.
This is what the Misty Fuse looks like once the paint is dry and is removed from the paper.

I made another ‘sandwich’ using the same ingredients as before but this time I ironed it directly onto a piece of black velvet before machining. I’m not sure how the acrylic paint would have reacted if I had used Solufleece when it came to the dissolving stage. Gold Fibre in-Form foil was fused on the top.

I machine stitched a close zig zag on half of this piece…
And put a layer of organza then used the embellisher on the other half.
I then zapped the whole piece. This is a close up of the zapped organza.....
And this is a close up of the zapped machine stitched half.
The next sample, same as before but this time using black Misty Fuse. This is the front after zapping.
And this is the back.
This sample is made up of a layer of Black Misty Fuse, a layer of gold coloured organza, Angelina Fibres, a layer of Irise film and lastly another layer of Misty Fuse.
Once again I machined directly onto this without the Solufleece.
This is the front.

The back looked very dull and dreary so I also used gold foil on this side.

Finally, in this last sample all I have used is a sheet of Irise film sandwiched between two sheets of Misty Fuse. I machined single pin tucks along the front of the piece before bonding the foil on top.
In this close up you can just about see the network of black lines from the webbing.


Vicki W said...

Lovely samples! So, have you decided if you like the MistyFuse any better?

Jacquelines blog said...

Great job Lynda!!! These all looks fantastic. I like the way you explained it too, very clear, even for me :-)

Carol said...

Oh my word Missus! These are just grab-able! I wish i could have picked them off the screen! They are like little gems! Fab Lynd as usual.

Sequana said...

I have so much trouble getting the foil to have some kind of texture and not look like just a sheet.

Is there something I'm missing about the application.

I would have a very large problem choosing a fave of this batch of yours.

Dianne said...

Wow, Lynda - you're at it again!! These are all great. The foil really does add that extra fantastic zing to the whole lot.

Joanna van said...

Really, really cool and interesting experiments. These will make great background pieces.

Micki said...

Fantastic samples. Thanks once again for sharing with us your experiments.

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Lynda! I just left Jacqueline's blog after catching up on all of her wonderful experiments and lo and behold you have been at it too! These (and the ones on the previous post) are just so terrific - love the colours, the texture, the explanations, the end results! Makes me want to try more stuff too...

Barbara said...

working ,working working......all samples are so wonderful....please go on working ,working ,working:))

verobirdie said...

Linda, this is very interesting, and your explanations are very clear. Entice me to grab my bondawed and my iron!

sharon young said...

As usual you have the WOW factor :-) And just in time for me too. I was working on the CG Feb PC in PS last night and came up with something that is screaming turquiose /blue fiol…:-)
Stage 10 would be about right I think!
These are amazing textures and really knock back the foil sufficiently to make it zing without being in your face.
Thank you so much for the detailed explanation, another one for the book, methinks LOL. I 'm surprised Batsford or D&C haven't found your blog by now and made you an offer, very remiss of them!
Serve then right if you get spotted by Northern Lights LOL
BTW does Solufleece look like interfacing as I had something from college which is super, but I don't remember what it is.

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Brilliant as ever - have all the ingredients - another to add to the list of todo's. Trying to stay focused and finish the current project but getting to the stage where I want to divert to something else for a while especially when I see these samples.

Susan D said...

WOW you've been busy again I see. The colours in the first one remind me of a small piece of abalone shell I have.

Becky Vigor said...

Lovely samples. I particularly like the colours in your blue/gold piece. It's always fascinating to see how you build up the layers. How do you decide when a piece is finished?

Pam Richardson said...

I very much enjoyed your experiment but when you say "zapped" it, to what do you refer? Microwaving?!