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Water is an infinite source of creation.

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I`ve tried a new method to mould fabric: steaming.
It is by far the cleanest one and also you don`t need any special stuff, just the steamer you use for cooking and any kind of material to give the shape. I´ve used cork balls, but you can use anything you can wrap and tie to your fabric (mines were already covered with plastic because last time I used them with stiffener, but with this steaming method it´s not necessary to do so. Although I think it can be “safer” to avoid to tranfer unwanted colours).

I chose a green silk gauze for this first attempt. I´ve heard that synthetic materials also shape well with steam, but I can´t assure it. Usually natural fibers react better to most of the fabric manipulation techniques and I also tend to choose them, so… silk it is.

Wanna try?

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Wrap your fabric to the chosen objects and tie them with cord or rubber bands.
You can use any “mould”,  balls, coins, nails, buttons, dices, bottle cups, whatever. Just make use that the material accepts heat and that it´s not dirty.

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Steam for at least 10 minutes.
Wait until the fabric is cold, and take it out of the pot.

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Leave it to dry.
Time will depend on the temperature of your space and the fabric you´ve used.
The important thing is that it must be completely dry before the next step.
Ready? Cut the ties and unmould it…

Tah dah!!!

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Improvised textile oven

Let`s see how long it takes to get these little ones dry.

Last time I molded in ball shape I got short of stiffener, and the molds were not the proper ones, I used very hard wood balls that were imposible to pin on them. This time I have cork balls and a bit more of stiffener. Cross fingers.
With these optimization of the heat I hope to see the result in a few hours…
(The big half sphere will take much longer, one layer of buckram and another of a thick linen. It will take ages I´m afraid)

Can you guess what are they about to become this time? They are going to be a very diferent species.