tips - forgot
- I forgot to say that I use the small rubberbands that they use for braiding
horses manes for the bundles of broomstraw. They have themnow for human
hair also, but they are cheaper in the feed store for horses.
Diane Maurer is very good at over marbling.on scarves. For the newbies, you
can over marble paper and scarves that didin't come out, by re-alumning
them. I usually throw the paint, then throw on some acrylic flow reLEASE
OR PHOTOFLO MIXED WITH WATER TO MAKE HOLES, THEN PULL THEM AROUND A BIT WITH
A KNITTING NEEDLE (sorry, didin't notice I hit the caps lock) so that the
former design shows thru. Some scarves I have done 2 or 3 times. This link
shows Diane's beautiful scarves. http://www.dianemaurer.com/wearables.html
I haven't gotten it made yet, but one person told me about making a trolley
or roller to go along the top of the tank so that I could roll the comb and
not have it affected by my tremor. I saw this idea in Sage Reynold's idea
on making large sheets of paste paper. He uses one in that to make the same
design multiple times quickly. Here is the link to the youtube vbideo. The
roller is used at about the 4 minute mark.
Also, on my wooden scarf tank, I have a "helper arm" for when I don't have a
human helper. About 8" oor so from the end of the tank, I constructed a
wooden bridge that goes over the tank with two plastic clamps screwed to
it. I tried wooden clothespins at first, but they kept catching on the silk
and when they broke, I went to the plastic ones which are much better. I
clamp one end of the scarf, then throw the scarf over my left shoulder to
keep it out of the way, lay that end in the tank, then quickly unhook the
other end and place that in the tank. Sometimes I get hesitation marks, but
at least I don't have to wait for a helper that way.
I got the idea from Lucille Scelfo's site where she shows how she makes her
scarves. She doesn't give directions, but I figured out my version of it.
http://www.silksbylucia.com/hand_painted/marbling_process you can see it in
the second photo here.
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