Monday, December 6, 2010

Fuse it and Collage

One of the ways I like to collage is to use a fusible 'medium'. The fusible I use is an HTC product called Trans-Web. It comes on a paper backing. 
There is a similarly named product on a sheer plastic carrier sheet- not THAT!
It irons with absolutely NO show with sheers.

(Note from 7 years later. It has not yellowed or frayed on any of the works I've used it on.)
dyed silk organza fused and left on carrier sheet
Tip- To ready a bunch of fabrics to collage at a moment's notice- use a 'spread sheet"!

I cut a section of fusible and spread it out on my large ironing table and arrange sheers and other fabric scraps from projects on it! Get them as close together as possible. Cover any sections of fusible that is not covered with fabric with plain paper, extra carrier sheets or parchment paper. This will prevent the fusible from sticking to your iron.
Fusible is difficult to remove from your iron. If you do get fusible on your iron. Iron over a dryer sheet. It usually comes off.
I store my fused scraps right on the sheet until ready to use.

Always keep the carrier paper the fusible is on. It offers great protection when ironing large quantities as I have just suggested
Additionally, I use it to compose on. You can iron your fused pieces on it and arrange as you would on a design board. Simply peel and rearrange. 
When composing on cloth, I just hit the fused cloth lightly with my iron to position. That way it can be carefully removed and recomposed.
When you're ready to complete your project, iron with steam and gusto!
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Judy Warner said...

Great suggestions, Wen. I am into understanding fusing better and this gives me more ideas. Also, I didn't know about using a dryer sheet for my iron, if necessary.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This composition is so "immediate" and incredibly enticing. I love my dryer sheets...I never know where they will lead me. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

layers said...

how interesting- thanks for sharing as I think I want to try it the effect in your collages.

Approachable Art said...

Lovely. ethereal pieces, Wen.

LauraX said...

very cool effects!

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