UNIQUE! MANY USES! These approximately 50 year old collectible tools called Tjaps (or Chops), have been made and used on the island of Java for over a century. They are handmade of copper strips, carefully cut, shaped and soldered into fabulous shapes and patterns. They are used by Batik artists in Java by dipping them into hot wax, shaking off the excess, and then stamping the wax onto the cloth. Aligning the edges of each consecutive stamp creates patterns which run the length and width of the fabric. Scroll down for more info and ideas, and look for the link to order further down this page.
In addition to wax, we ourselves have also successfully used them with Presist, and thickened dye or with fabric paint. Customers have reported using them to make rubbings with Shivastiks, or to emboss velvet! (By placing the velvet, pile down, on the tjap, then heating the back of the fabric with an iron) We were blown away when using them with our new Jones Tones Foils and foil glue, or the Jones Tones Glitters and glitter glue, and they also work nicely with our new Soy Wax. (make sure you wash the glue, paint, or whatever, off immediately after use with warm soapy water if you want to keep these nice, and also dry them quickly - either in the oven on the lowest heat setting for 5-10 min (Make sure you don't forget them! And have the exhaust fan on), out in the sun, or with a blow dryer as the iron handles will rust.
Remember, these also make great gifts, both for the collector or the batik or stamping artist in your family. They are also fantastic to collect, as they are works of art in and of themselves and are so wonderful just to look at. Check out some projects you can use them for:
Update May 15, 2013 - Thanks folks - our last shipment of 400 of these beauties sprouted wings and flew out our doors again! If you want to be on the special mailing list that gets first crack at them next time, see below! We are expecting a new shipment in mid-June!
The June shipment is a more eclectic mix than usual! You will see some more amazing traditional Indonesian designs, a few interesting modern designs, as well as some more simple less expensive designs and geometrics. Some great repeating patterns for surface design. Our source in Indonesia said the incredible florals are drying up, but there is still a small spattering. We always feel extremely fortunate whenever we get these, because Batik is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, so the used tjaps are getting more scarce. Scavenger types even try to grab them up to melt down for the copper content, gasp. We currently have a guy who seems to know where to look, so it is always exciting to see what he is sending.
**If you want to hear about this and all future shipments as soon as they come in, do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for notification the instant they go up for sale. We are keeping that list on going, so no need to email it more than once. We set up this preferential tjap email list because our newsletter list takes awhile to go out, and the folks who get their newsletter later often find most of the tjaps are sold by the time they get to them. Whenever we get new shipments, we will first email the folks on that list, then if there are some left, we will notify folks who have opted in for our monthly e-newsletter to sell the rest. If you do not already get our monthly e-newsletter and would like to join our mailing list, follow this link and enter your email address. We also post the announcement on Dharma's Facebook page the day they go up for sale, so this is also a good way to get notification.
Remember when you order: Because these are so popular, if several folks order the same one at the same time, it may go on your order, but the order that was finished and sent first will get it, as these are first come, first served. Simply putting them in your shopping cart does not reserve them! You can write us a note on your order with alternatives in case you don't get your first selection(s) or a note for us to call you if one is out of stock. Otherwise we will just ship the ones on your order that we do have. Please, no returns on these unique items.