|Small fusible squares with multicolor metallic foil|
This month I'm going to be showing you some fun ways to add metallic foils and metal leafs to fabric for shimmer and sparkle on your projects.
|purple metallic foil squares added with fusible web|
First up is metallic foil added to fabric with fusibles. Metallic foil intended for use on fabric is a clear cellophane sheet with a very thin metallic film attached to it. If you place a fusible product (web, thread, or powder) on your fabric, cover it with the foil, and heat it with an iron, you can permanently affix the foil to your fabric. Check out the tutorial below for more details, hints, and tips.
|copper and purple metallic foil added with fusible web|
Here's a basic tutorial of how to apply metallic foil with fusible thread. The same technique applies to other fusible products.
Cut and lay a length of fusible thread on the surface of your fabric.
|There are several brands of fusible thread on the market including Superior and YLI. |
The thread MUST say it's fusible thread.
Cover the thread with a piece of metallic foil. Important: the foil must be placed so that the finished color is facing UP. The back of the foil will be fused to fusible thread, so the colored side must be facing up and away from the fabric. When the foil is fused, it will release from the clear cellophane.
|Metallic foil facing up, fusible thread underneath|
Step 3: Cover the metallic foil with a piece of parchment paper to protect both the foil and your iron, and press well.
|A hot iron works best, but consult the instructions on your specific |
fusible product for the optimal temperature
Step 4: Important! Allow the foil, fusible, and fabric to cool completely before this step. Slowly peel the metallic foil away from the fabric. The fusible thread should have melted and will be adhered to the foil. All other areas of the foil will still be affixed to the clear cellophane sheet and can be reused.
|That is not a reflection - my hands were blue from painting fabric|
just prior to this shot for another project! #studiohazards
Step 5: If the foiled area is not perfectly flat and smooth, cover it with parchment paper, re-iron, allow to cool completely, and remove parchment paper to reveal perfectly flat and smooth foil.
|Foiled fabric is extremely durable and can be machine washed and|
even dry cleaned, making it perfect for art garments as well!
Here are some variations on the technique of metallic foils with fusibles:
|Fusible tape, available in a variety of widths, is used to adhere|
metallic foil to fabric
|Fusible web, like Wonder Under, can be cut into shapes,|
applied to fabric, and covered with metallic foil.
|Hand sew fusible thread into a design, like a house, and|
cover with metallic foil. Each line on this house is one
single stitch for a graphic appearance.
|Create metallic stars stitching by hand with fusible thread|
and covering with metallic foil.
|Use fusible thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine|
to create stitching lines that can be covered with
metallic foil. Remember to use parchment paper both on the top
and the bottom when fusing to avoid making a mess.
|Add more than one layer of fusible thread and one color|
of metallic foil for a layered effect.
|Sprinkle fusible powder, like 007 Bonding Powder from Bo-Nash,|
on your fabric, cover with metallic foil and parchment paper,
and fuse for a beautiful sparkle effect. Two colors of foil are shown here.
|Snip fusible thread into small pieces and foil over it.|
|Combine snippets of fusible thread and a sprinkle of fusible powder|
with metallic foil for an interesting surface design effect.
I'll be giving away a set of metallic foils to one lucky reader at the end of the month. Please leave a comment with a way to contact you and tell me how you would use metallic foil in a project!
Next up - gold, silver, and copper metal leaf on fabric. Stay tuned!