Are the beads safe?
Perler Beads would like to reassure you that their beads are safely made using, a food-gradeplastic.
The colouring which is used in the plastic, also complies with the "food-grade specifications".
There are no harmful chemicals in the beads, as may have been found in similar products. Thebeads are routinely tested to meet all the required safety standards.
Are Perler and Hama beads and pegboards interchangeable?
Yes. Perler beads can be used on Hama pegboards and vice versa.
So, Perler fuse beads and Hama Perler beads together with their pegboards are fullyinterchangeable.
How do fuse beads work? or How to iron Perler beads?
- Coloured beads are placed over the pegs on the reusable pegboards in any pattern ordesign.
- The design is fused together, using the heat of an iron for 10 seconds using special ironing paper and an iron which is set on medium heat to fuse the beads together.
- To prevent the beads from sticking to the iron, it is recommended that an "ironing paper" isplaced over the beads. The heat of the iron will easily transfer through this paper. This ironingpaper can be used many times.
- When the design is cool, peel the ironing paper off and lift the design from the pegboard.
- The design can be flipped over and the opposite side of the beads can be fused byrepeating step 2 above.
- When the design has cooled again, the ironing paper can be peeled off and your design iscomplete.
Why are there small and large beads?
The small beads are for ages 5 to 99.The large beads are ideal for ages 3 and 4, they are known as Biggie Beads.
Where can I see, and feel the products?We have a display at The Craft Connexion, 37 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale. 1610.
On Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00 except for publicholidays.
Are patterns or designs available?
Yes, there are Perler bead designs as well as Perler bead patterns available on the internet aswell as from the Ideas Book and the Funfusion Idea Book.
We suggest you start with the following website: www.eksuccessbrands.com/perlerbeads/creative/projects.htm
How many beads do I need?
Small pegboards use approximately 150-250 beads each
Large pegboards use approximately 750-1000 beads each
Clear pegboards are available in a large square, and are very useful for placing designsunderneath. These boards are designed so that they can clip together and very large designs
How much fabric can you dye with a Ziploc bag of Slipstream dye?
- This is like asking "How long is a piece of string?" and will depend on the following factors: How much fabric do you wish to dye? How thick is it? What is it made of? What shade of colour do you want to achieve? What technique do you plan to use? Do you plan to recycle the dye?
- Mix the powders with 2 litres of water for the strongest colour.
- For soft, pastel colours mix the dye with 100 litres of water.
- When using submerged techniques, it will dye whatever fabric the fluid can cover. Different fabrics are different weights, thicknesses and widths. You can dye 20 metres of chiffon silk in the same amount of fluid as you would use for 1 metre of towelling.
- When using techniques where you dip the fabric, the dye will go further.
- For more information on different techniques we suggest you purchase a copy of Contemporary Dyecraft / Eietydse Kleurkuns or the Dyecraft DVD.
What fabric can you dye with Slipstream dye?
- Slipstream dye works best on natural plant fibres. These include cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo.
- Examples include T-shirting, towelling, denim, corduroy, cotton velvet, chamber, muslin, poplin, seed cloth, calico, twill, ramie and drill.
- Many of these fabrics are also manufactured in a poly/cotton blend, so make sure that you establish that it is 100% natural fibre before you start. Poly/cotton blends will give varying results and pastel shades.
- Fabrics made from wood pulp, like viscose, will also take dye well. Rayon is also a good option.
- You can dye animal fibres like silk, leather and wool with varying results. We recommend shorter exposure times to avoid damaging the fibre. We explore silk techniques in Contemporary Dyecraft.
- Man-made fibres like polyester will not take up the dye.
Is the dye colour-fast?
- If used correctly, the colours are robust and fast over many washes. They are bright, vibrant and lasting and can withstand regular laundering conditions.
- They are susceptible to chlorine and peroxide bleach, as well as heavy UV exposure.
Is it a Hot or a Cold dye?
Slipstream dye works best at 65-70 degrees Celsius. If you are aiming for an exact colour, then you need to work in that range. You will get varying results from colder fluids.
How consistent is the colour from one batch to the next?
We cannot guarantee consistency of end product colour because there are so many variables that affect the outcome. These include...
- choice of base cloth including fibre, colour and surface treatments
- your process and whether it efficiently met the heating requirements of the chemistry
- water quality
- Variable dye supply (Our suppliers shop around.)
- Variations in the climatic conditions during the growth of one crop to the next.
- The colour that we suggest on the box is merely a guideline of what you can expect if you use the dye in optimum conditions on a white 100% cotton base cloth.
We recommend that you test a small swatch of the actual fabric that you are going to use to check both colour and methodology before you start.
Where colour consistency is important, please use meticulous methodology for best results. Also purchase enough Slipstream dye for the whole project so that you have dye from the same batch for the whole job.
What is "Best Practice" for waste disposal?
- Why throw it away when you can re-use it? The colour will be softer and have less texture the second and third time around.
- Throw the waste down the drain. The municipal sewerage system is equipped to handle the small quantity that you produce.
- Do not throw concentrated dye in the garden or down a septic tank.
- The rinsing water from washing out the fabric can be let out on your garden, as long as the dye waste is very diluted. Use less soap to rinse with if you plan to let this water out onto your garden.
- Dye waste may stain a porcelain sink, stainless steel is better.
- Do not use a pot that you have used for dye for cooking food.
- The salt and fixative are corrosive and will rust certain metals.
- You can scrub the stains from your hands or use bleach. Stains will fade over a couple of days.
How do you recycle your Slipstream dye?
- Why throw dye away when you can re-use it?
- For best results, reheat the dye on the cloth.
- If you cannot reheat the dye, you can leave the fabric in for longer. I have left fabric in dye for up to 3 weeks for gorgeous colour-fast results.
- The colour will be softer and have less texture the second and third time around.
- The chemistry will be less efficient on the second and third use and the colour may change. Expect a surprise when it comes out of the dyebath.
- If you need a very specific colour, it is best to use freshly mixed dye.
- Recycled dye is very useful for quilters who want graded shades in a similar colour way.
- Recycled dye is also useful for creating background colours for fabric painting.
Who will use Slipstream dye?
- Crafters, quilters, weavers, fibre artists, fashion designers, clothing manufacturers, screen printers, interior designers, décor manufacturers, teachers, lecturers, skills trainers, costume makers, set and prop builders and photographers.
- Kids love making tie dye, although we must stress that this is a mother-and-child activity and that children should never be left alone with the chemicals.
- People who want to recycle their faded denims and stained T-shirts.
What are the benefits of working with Slipstream dye?
- People who work with fabric can now enjoy on-demand colour and texture.
- Crafters have a new way to express their colourful impulses.
- Everybody has fun when they experience their first Wow Moment!
- Make you own garments. Refresh your old clothes with a new coat of colour or make new ones.
- Make your own décor items. Is there a signature finish and colour that you would like to see decorating your home? Make duvet covers, pillow cases, curtains, tablecloths, cushion covers, napkins and placemats to match.
- Make gifts for friends and family. T-shirts are always popular with the boys and silk scarves are well received by girls.
- Recycle your faded denims. Bring new life to old things that you were ready to throw away.
Ovens vary a lot, so it is very difficult for me to give you a precise temperature. 350° F/ 175ºC (Gas Mark 3) is a guide - you may need to go a little higher. You can use a gas, electric or fan assisted oven, but not a microwave.
Highveld VS Sea Level
The above temperature indication is based at Sea Level! If you are on the Highveld you will have to increase that. We strongly recommend that you make a few trials with the offcuts, before you attempt to shrink the “real” item which you have coloured.
Thermostats also vary. In addition, your thermostat will be continually turning the heat ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’. Consequently, the heat is always ‘RISING’ or ‘FALLING’. It is not actually constant. This is why you may sometimes experience two different results when shrinking one SHRINKLE after another.
Pre-Heating The Oven
It is vital to pre-heat the oven but NOT the foil lined baking tray – this must be cool. If not, this may cause excessive curling and bonding.
Do not cut intricate shapes or long narrow pieces, as they are likely to break.
A standard hole- punch will position a 5mm hole, 7mm from the edge of the plastic. Do not position the hole any closer to the edge as the SHRINKLE could break when you clip a key chain or other attachment on.
It is impossible to be precise about the length of time that you leave the SHRINKLE in the oven. This will always vary due to the difference in ovens, the atmospheric pressure or altitude and thermostats as previously mentioned.
Removal From Oven
Not until the SHRINKLE is laying flat. If it has an overall slight curve on it, it may well be ready, but it certainly isn’t ready if it is at all “curly” or has a hint of a “bubble” in the middle, or the edges are turned up etc.
The vital thing is that it MUST BE PLIABLE albeit for only a few seconds. When you place it under a table mat or book, it is simply to hold it flat whilst it sets. YOU MUST NEVER PRESS IT FLAT!
If it is not pliable and you do press it, it will crack.
If you discover that it is not pliable as you place it on a work surface, then simply re-heat it in the oven until it is.
Oven Too Cool
The SHRINKLE will either not shrink, or won’t go flat and certainly won’t be pliable, and may have bubbles.
Oven Too Hot
The SHRINKLE will curl excessively and bond to itself. ADULTS, if you’re quick to spot this happening in the oven, you can pull the bonded SHRINKLE apart WHILST IT IS PLIABLE, but remember, you’ll only have a few seconds and IT IS VERY HOT, so please be careful.
If you are not happy perhaps because your SHRINKLE is curved or has a bubble, remember you can always re-heat it, but it will take longer the second time.
Will occur if you a) colour too heavily b) use soft or waxy pencils - please note “Willies Shrinkles” pencils give the best results, c) lean on the areas you have already coloured. It is therefore best to start at the top of the Shrinkle & work downwards when you are colouring, so that your hand does not rest on the colouring you have done. Alternatively, you could rest your hand on a piece of paper which you place on top of your partially coloured Shrinkle.
How much does shipping cost?
Because shipping costs are based on the weight of the package and the area to which it isdelivered, we have a shipping calculator on our checkout page for our customers to use. With this you will see what the cost is to have the parcel delivered to your nearest Post office, from which you will have to collect the parcel.
How can I track my shipment?
You can use any of the following "Tracking" facilities:
Alternatively you can call the Customer Help Line at 086 011 1502.
Do you accept orders from schools and other institutions?
Yes. Please click onto the shopping cart and place your order.
Can I order over the phone?
Yes BUT we would prefer it if you can click onto the shopping cart and place your order.
How do I pay by check?
Sorry, but we do not accept cheques.
The shopping cart will guide you for payments by Credit Card.
What countries do you ship to?All Southern Africa! And the surrounding islands.
Outside of South Africa we will have to get a quotation from a courier company or the PostOffice. So the shipping cost calculator in the shopping cart will not give the correct cost.
Can I collect my order?
YES. You are welcome to place the order on the shopping cart and then collect it at:The Crafters Den, 37 Voortrekker Avenue, Edenvale, 1609.Please ensure that the order is clearly marked... WILL COLLECT!
What are the GPS co-ordinates for the shop?
S 26 08 42,8 E 28 09 25,4
What are your office hours?
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00 except for public holidays.