Translucent Leaves: Ready for Prime Time

Poly silk print on vacufom leave.  Colored wax over all.

Poly silk print on vacufom leave. Colored wax over all.

Using a print on “Poly Silk” adhered to the vacuform leaf works very well (Thank you Sally Pallatto for the idea!).  I use a dilute solution of B72 to wet the poly silk and it conforms almost on its own.  The fabric adheres to almost all of the curves and forms of the vacuform leaf.  I found that it works better with less air bubbles if I adhere it to the top side of the vacuform leaf rather than to the side with the impression of the veins.  After the glue dries, I dip the vacuform leaf with print into colored beeswax, shaking off the excess wax.  I’m going to do more tests on this method, but I am close to being ready to make a large run now.

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