You're right, this isn't my favorite fabric, but now that I've done the test, you can feel free to use yours! A fellow creative Jewish mom living in Israel is a distributer for Paverpol fabric hardener (available here), and she sent me some to try out. I've always wanted to use fabric for a myriad of projects, so I was quite excited to give this product a try and happy to help a family make parnassa (a living) in the Holy Land, in itself not a simple thing! So this little vase made from a drinking glass is the first of hopefully many projects to come using Paverpol! And the best part is you can make things with Paverpol for your table and actually wash them! And you can make things for your garden that will be weather proof with the addition of their varnish product! Mushrooms anyone? Fairies?
Paverpol, a product of Holland, has mostly been used for sculptures using fabric on a wire base, but since that's not really my area of interest, I'm going to try and use it in other ways. The most obvious way is to transform basic glass pieces by applying light weight fabric that has been saturated with Paverpol. But we'll see what else I come up with! Paverpol is non-toxic and cleans up with water, also making it an ideal medium for crafting with children.
- A plain drinking glass
- Light weight fabric
- Gold embroidery cord
- Paverpol transparent (fabric hardener)
- Cover area of glass that you will not be decorating with tape.
- Cut strips of fabric, either dip them in Paverpol and remove excess, or apply Paverpol to glass, and lay fabric over Paverpol and smooth with fingers. (The second option is much less messy! ) Brush an additional layer of Paverpol over fabric to make sure it is saturated.
- Apply gold cord details, making sure cord is covered with Paverpol.
- Set aside to dry for 24 hours before carefully removing tape.
- If you somehow managed to get Paverpol on the inside of the glass as I did, fill the glass with water and let it sit until the Paverpol is easily removed.
As you can see here in the close up, I made small loops at the bottom with the gold thread, and the design was constructed with the triangles as separate pieces. Are the gears in your creative head turning? And just for the record, I found these flowering etrog branches on the ground, aren't they lovely?