Friday, August 20, 2010
Silk Carrier Rods
Today finally I got into the studio. I just wanted to see how many different things I could do with some silk carrier rods I had from a previous batch that weren't as good as I have now. So, I just made straight silk paper today.
This pic is of the four layers peeled off just one rod.
Dip each layer into water and lay onto non stick paper- glad bake or teflon- whatever you have that is a non stick surface.
Overlap the layers, they are going to stick to each other, This pic shows the first vertical layer and then the laying down of the horizontal layer.
Then teasing the fibres apart, I lay bits down on areas that look thin, play with colour and diffuse the appearance of 'lines'.
Cover with another layer of glad bake or non stick surface....
Using the iron on dry and a cotton setting I iron back and forth until all of the water has evaporated away.
Remove the paper and you should have a firm piece of silk 'paper'.
The photos are not very good, I just can't get the depth of colour in this light.
This side is the 'right' side.
It's pretty stiff, the silk worm's sericin has not been processed out so it enables the silk to fuse together in the presence of water and heat from the iron.
I'm bending it here in my hand.
Not sure what I will do with it, probably stamp it, apply fabric, gold leaf, vintage paper.......
Tomorrow, I'll do something else with more rods.