Angelina - Heat-bondable Iridescent Fiber - 26 Colors!
Using Angelina in your fiber art can really step up the shimmer. It's fun and the results can be very satisfying.
A little Angelina goes a long way! Small amounts carded in with your wool before hand-spinning add a little zip to your yarn. Just a little of it peeking out here and there in surface design is very effective.
Angelina Fiber is a very fine (@ 5 microns), unique fiber. Light reflective, as well as light refractive, Angelina is incredibly luminescent, while (unlike regular metallics) it has an extremely soft hand. Blended with other fibers in amounts as small as 2%, it gives sparkle and highlight to your yarn.
Heat Bonding Instructions:
The temperature required is dependent on several variables including dwell time and applied pressure. Increasing dwell time and heat results in predictable color shifts in the fiber. Approximate bonding temperature is around 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Since temperature gauges on irons vary widely even within most brand models, it is best to test a small amount to determine your correct bonding temperature.
Simply place a small amount of fiber between two sheets of tissue paper. Heat iron to silk temperature setting. Gently, with little pressure, move the iron back and forth, checking frequently on the bonding progress. Be careful not to "fry" the Angelina fiber with too much heat or pressure and a too long dwell time. Generally, Angelina heat bond-able fiber will only adhere to itself and not to other fibers, tissue paper or fabrics.
Other things to do with heat bond able Angelina:
Fuse into glittering flat sheets for sewing & collage projects with an iron—Use a Teflon press cloth or a piece of baking parchment to protect your iron. Lay down a thin layer of Angelina on the parchment. Fold the parchment over to cover the Angelina layer. Iron the Angelina-parchment sandwich on silk/low setting for a few seconds.
Fuse into 3-D shapes with a heat gun. Place Angelina over wire-mesh shape or heat resistant textural surface. Turn on heat gun and direct heat at the shape for a second or two. Heat gun is hot so keep it moving as the Angelina will fuse quickly. Too much heat will burn it.
Bond-able Angelina will bond to itself but not to other fibers
Note: It is very difficult to capture the full effect of Angelina on an image. If you haven't seen it in person you can't really appreciate its full visual effect.