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Re: Tyvek melts beautifully



This process sounds very interesting. I'd be concerned about fumes, however.
Do you use a respirator? .

Loretta
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jacqueline Sullivan" <JaciSull@AOL.COM>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2001 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: Tyvek melts beautifully


> In my Collage workshops we melt Tyvek. First we "paste" it with the paste
> made from acrylics and Ross Art paste.  It is then coated with gloss
> medium.Then we melt it with a heat gun and/or iron. This intensifies the
> color from the paste. I encourage students to use some multi colors with
the
> paste and keep some contrast going. The final step is to iron on metallic
> foils. I use the type of foils that are made for ironing on fabric ( Jones
> Tones). The medium acts as a glue for the foils. The heat fom the iron
causes
> the medium to soften and the foil sticks only to the high part of the
> wrinkles from the melting. Different types of Tyvek melt very differently.
My
> favorite is the fabric grade Tyvek. When it melts it leaves long strings
and
> the holes caused by the melting are surrounded by "spidery" fibers that
hold
> the metallic foils. The envelope from the post office look something like
> moon craters when melted. I first washed the envelopes in my washing
machine
> to soften the tyvek.  It is rather hard after melting and could be used
for a
> book cover with ttle support.  The textures are quite wonderful.  The
foils
> of course will probably tarnish and while this is great for experimental
> stuff,  not good for conservation.  I don't have sources for the various
> types of Tyvek, my experiements so far have been done only with materials
> that I am recycling . Softer Tyveks are used for packing furniture and the
> fabric grade is used for protective clothing.  Jacqueline
>
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