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Old 12-13-2012, 10:07 AM
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Some of you may know them as 'chenille stems'. I did tons of projects (including 2 project books for McCalls) with these general craft standards, as well as lots of loopy chenille pieces.

But it wasn't until I got heavily into stamping that I began to explore ways to include chenille in that area--primarily by altering them.

While I don't have many visuals, I ran across a couple that some of you might find interesting.

My first offering is a sampler that shares both heat gun & steam iron results. When using the heat gun to alter, the chenille must be synthetic fiber. For ironed-altering the fiber can be synthetic or cotton (synthetic is my preference).
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:21 AM
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This project was done by making the net from chenille stems. I twisted them together to create the shape, then used my heat gun (embossing tool) to melt the fibers.

The critters caught in the net are CF that I stamped, cut out, heat-shrunk & stamp-textured.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:48 PM
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Interesting ideas. You could make your own custom masks this way too?
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:15 AM
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Interesting ideas. You could make your own custom masks this way too?
Oooh. That's an intriguing idea, Susan! Thanks!

Rather wish I had examples of the 'ironed chenille'. It can produce very interesting results. For those who might want to give it a try here's a short how-to:

Set your iron on synthetic for heat (no steam).

Place the chenille stem on a non-stick surface & cover with non-stick. I use plastic pressing sheets, but wax paper will work.

Press the stem for several seconds. This will flatten the fibers & melt them a bit. You'll have to experiment with heat & press time.

To just flatten stems... Put the stem on a damp paper towel & cover with another damp towel. Set the heat low-ish & press.

Depending on what I'm making, I sometimes shape the stems before pressing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:36 PM
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I will look ay pipecleaners in a whole new way now
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The onliest things I've made with pipe cleaners are pipe peoples and eyeglasses.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:21 AM
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Found a project that used the ironed-chenille (combined with craftfoam pieces).

See the scalloped-edge on the heart? Did that by ironing a jumbo stem flat. Then used a rotary-cutter for the scallops before shaping the stem.

The CF pieces were stamped, cut out & heat-shrunk.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:54 AM
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Nicely done!
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:04 PM
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exactly what Susan said --->
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