Had a week of experiments looking at weaving sticks – using plastic bags and string of course…

I have also decided to make a series of handkerchiefs listing and representing the contents of a typical woman in 1945 and 1998. To do this I am looking to transfer images onto fabric. My experiments included:

  • Painting a fresh photocopy with acetone (super drug basic nail-varnish remover – £1.15), leaving it for 5 minutes, and then putting the paper on top of the cloth and placing it under the heat press for up to one minute.
  • Thickly painting a fresh photocopy with a mixture of equal parts white spirit and water with a slug of washing up liquid. Again the saturated paper was placed under the heat press for up to one minute. NB – this process was pretty smelly, however the results were far more successful than with the acetone
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  • Dylons image maker in a tube (£3.99 for enough for 2 A4 sheets). This involves painting a photocopy with the paste and leaving it for at least 4 hours until dry. A sponge is then used to saturate the paper image and to begin to gently rub it off. When the top layer of paper is removed the cloth then needs to dry again, and then a sponge is used to rub off the final layer.
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Conclusion – the white spirit mixture was cheap and effective but still resulted in a good antique looking image. Despite being more expensive and taking longer the image maker resulted in the most true image compared to the original. I just need to decide which effect will work best for my hankies. Perhaps antique for 1945 and image maker for 1998?

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