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Paverpol Fabric Hardener

USE FOR: Fabric Sculpting

USE ON: Natural Materials

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Dip natural materials, such as textiles, old t-shirts, any of our myriad fabrics or laces, in Paverpol. Gauzes are amazing for this. Drape or wrap the material around a wire figure or other armature and leave it to dry. And that is it!

IMPORTANT: Paverpol should NOT be allowed to freeze! Please take that into account when ordering during the winter months. Have an adequate supply to hold you over, or pay careful attention to the weather on the way from us to you at the time you order. Shipping by air helps, but is not guaranteed.

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Here is a really unique use for fabric! Open your minds to new creative avenues, all you fiber artists! Have you ever wanted to make a statue? Sculpt something? Well now you can combine the two. Paverpol Fabric Hardener allows you to make statues and sculptures from fabric, in a process similar to paper mache. You can even make it waterproof!
This is what you do: Dip natural materials, such as textiles, old t-shirts, any of our myriad fabrics, in Paverpol. Gauzes are amazing for this. It adheres to almost anything except plastic. Drape or wrap the material around a wire figure or other armature and leave it to dry. Finished products become rock hard and can be displayed indoors or out. Paverpol is non-toxic and doesn't harm the environment. It cleans up with warm water too!
Paverpol dries fast, but slow enough to allow plenty of working time (please note that paverpol air-dries, so keep it sealed up when not in use and it will have an indefinate shelf life). After it has hardened, you will have created a beautiful decoration, or sculpture, which can be used indoors as well as out. You can also combine Paverpol with paper, silk, chamois leather, self-hardening clay, polystyrene foam, dried flowers, wood, plaster, pottery, whatever! You can also color Paverpol any color you wish, using our Dharma Pigment Dye. Use Paverpol Art Stone to give your project a stone-like appearance and texture. Paverplast makes your creation waterproof, so you can make birdbaths and other ‘wet’ items.
This stuff is so easy to use, so much fun, and so unique and interesting, we know you will enjoy it. Try it out!
IMPORTANT: Paverpol should NOT be allowed to freeze! Please take that into account when ordering during the winter months. Have an adequate supply to hold you over, or pay careful attention to the weather on the way from us to you at the time you order. Shipping by air helps, but is not guaranteed.
To complete one 8" figurine, you will need:
• Clean,100% cotton t-shirt,
• 1 small Wire Skeleton (Fig.1),
• A base,
• Foil sheets,
• Floral or masking tape and Pavercotton.
(If you are using a Paverpol Starter Kit, you received all materials for two small figurines, except the t-shirt.) We suggest you start with a sitting figure. To make a standing figure, you must drill a hole in the base and insert a support rod that will become part of one leg.
  1. Cut one side of t-shirt into 12 strips, approximately 6" x 2.5". Cut 3 pieces approximately 11 x 11".
  2. Crumple aluminum foil around wire skeleton to form muscles, breasts, shoulders, head, legs, etc. (Fig. 2) If desired, you may use a styrofoam egg pushed down over the top wire skeleton loop for the head. Squeeze foil firmly around skeleton—it will make your figure stronger. Secure any loose pieces with tape to make wrapping easier.
  3. If you are using transparent Paverpol, you can custom-color it with dry pigments or acrylic craft paint or Dharma Pigment Dye if desired (no more than 2% liquid color by volume). (Remember, it will generally dry darker.) Dip fabric strips one by one into Paverpol, and squeeze out excess. Do not wring or twist—this will make your saturation uneven. Instead, roll the fabric up as you go. The fabric should be well saturated (knead the Paverpol into the fabric) but not dripping wet. This procedure makes it easier to wrap your form, as you will be able to unroll it as you would a gauze bandage. Paverpol sticks to everything but plastic, so you would want to cover you work area with newspaper or a plastic drop cloth
  4. Begin to wrap the figure "mummy" style from head to toe. Again, wrapping it firmly will make a stronger figure.
  5. When finished the first wrapping, bend the figure into the desired pose and set on base or in a hole drilled in base. (Fig. 3 above) Attach the figure to the base with a little Paverpol. When fully dry, it will be solidly attached.
  6. You can experiment with dressing the figure while the draping fabric is still dry. When you decide how you want your figure dressed, follow the above instructions for saturating with Paverpol. (Fig. 4 above)
  7. Make your wig by saturating a tuft of Pavercotton or any loose cotton or Roving with desired color Paverpol. Gently pull the tuft to the desired form to make your wig. Once you have the wig situated on the head, finer strands can be pulled with a toothpick for a natural effect.
  8. You can use a hairdryer to help speed the initial drying time (but NOT a heat gun). After about an hour, your figure is set enough to paint with acrylic. You can dry brush, highlight, accent, etc.
  9. In approximately 48 hours, your figurine will be hard; it is fully cured in about 2 weeks. If you have painted it with acrylic paint and plan to put it outside, a coating of Paverpol Varnish is recommended.
IMPORTANT!: Do not pour Paverpol down your drain—keep a container of water at your workstation and rinse hands and brushes frequently. Dispose of water in flower garden, etc. When dry, remaining solids can be discarded in any trash receptacle. While Paverpol is water-based and non-toxic, it is made to cure rock-hard, and you don’t want it stuck in your plumbing. You may wear disposable gloves while using Paverpol products if desired.
If you need more help, email service@dharmatrading.com or call us toll-free at 800-542-5227. Enjoy your project, and please send photos-- we’d love to put them on our examples page!
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2/23/2008
5
Addicting! played with some lace the result is beautiful! now I need a 6 liter bucket.
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8/6/2009
5
I've used Paverpol on large scale sculptures with paper cotton mixing with plaster to add strength shape over foam balloons wire armature. It is the best materials for safety and performance. plus it gives a sheen while white glues doesn't. I love this and as a sculptor I order 3-5 one-liter jars at a time.
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2/12/2008
4
Works just like it says
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6/30/2011
4
Interesting stuff. I'll be trying this on all kinds of projects! It's weird how it hardens more and more over a period of days.
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7 of 7 users found this review helpful.
5/12/2010
5
i HAVE PURCHSED FROM DARMA THIS PRODUCT IS FABULOUS
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