Hot Textile Work With Tyvek

Guidance notes:

Using Tyvek for Hot Textiles work enables artists to creative beautiful and unique works. There are a few things to note when working with Tyvek that will help ensure that your work turns out the way you expect. Heating Tyvek enables you to create 3D effects through the application of heat to bubble and distort the surface. Prior to heating, the addition of colour will add and extra depth to your final creation.

Using the correct paints & colours:

Points to note:

If you are going to decorate the Tyvek® please make sure that the colours you use are suitable for heating and will not give off toxic fumes. If you are unsure about the colours you are using always work in a well-ventilated room and wear a mask.

Instructions

Regardless of which weight of Tyvek you use you will be amazed at the end results that you can achieve.  Each GSM weight will react differently and one of our Tyvek Sample Packs is a great way to experiment.

When you have found you ideal weight, we have great value packs of 30 sheets that are a fantastic buy!

When the Tyvek is heated the surface of it becomes distorted, and you can create a range of 3D effects that will always be unique.

It is always best to cut your Tyvek into the rough shape that you need prior to heating and it does become more difficult to cut afterward.

Using Colour:

Prior to heating Tyvek® can be stitched, cut or coloured in many different ways.

A suggestion for colouring:

  • Fabric paints and dyes
  • Colour pencils and felt pens
  • Apply colour with a brush or sponge, or try spraying
  • Printing a design through an inkjet printer

DO NOT use with a laser printer or in a photocopier because the machines run too hot and will fuse the Tyvek® onto the rollers or drums).

Heating:

Tyvek® shrinks and distorts when heated. It tends to shrink away from the heat source.

Methods:

  • A heat gun – heat from the underside to form a dome, the upper side to form a hollow. Don’t get too close to the surface and start gradually and NEVER allow the Tyvek® to burn as it may combust and will give off fumes. Use a heat gun on a low setting.
  • An iron – protect Tyvek® from the iron’s direct heat with baking parchment. Use the iron by hovering just above the surface, with the iron on its highest setting so it acts more like a heat gun.

After Heating:

Always allow the Tyvek® to cool before handling. You can grip the sheets with long handle tweezers or similar or wear heat protect gloves to keep a grip on the Tyvek®.

Further Experimenting

Tyvek® can be sewn, cut and glued. Because of its strength it cannot be torn therefore has great structural properties for 3D work.

You can purchase Tyvek at the best prices available at the following links:

Tyvek Mixed A4 sample pack

Packs of 30 A4 sheets of Tyvek:

42gsm Fabric style Tyvek A4 Sheets

55gsm Light weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

75gsm Medium weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

105gsm Heavy weight paper style Tyvek A4 Sheets

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