Aug 28th, 16
Nabbi® beads are not just for creating patterns and pictures. You can also use them to not only decorate but also protect headphone cables. In fact any cable which has a diameter not bigger than 2mm can be decorated with Nabbi® beads eg. phone charger cable or mouse cable.
Nabbi® Beads (1082380)
Nabbi® Bead Steel Tool (1830099)
Comfortline Craft Knife (1802523)
A4 Cutting Mat (1802830)
Use the craft knife to cut one side of the Nabbi® bead.
Slide the Nabbi® bead onto the tool until it opens up the cut.
Insert the cable through the gap created and slide the tool out, allowing the bead to close. Repeat until the cable is covered!
To view our range of Nabbi® beads check out pages 30-34 of The Basics Catalogue
Contact us for more information on the new steel Nabbi® Threading Tool.
Jul 19th, 16
The latest Efco Catalogue has been released and is available to view or download.
If you click the link on the Catalogue page it will open a new tab with Efco’s brand new UK catalogue page on the German website. Just as before you can view the catalogues online or alternatively, download the PDF files. To download them you can right click or control+click on the PDF file you wish to download and select the ‘Save link as’ option to save the file to the location you specify on your computer.
Once finished, to get back to Efco’s UK website either close the newly opened catalogue tab or select the ‘UK & Ireland’ button at the top of the page.
Jun 1st, 16
Efco are the only UK distributors for Woodies stamps and ink pads.
Manufactured by RoyalPosthumus (one of the oldest and largest stamp manufacturers in Europe) they are made from 100% fair trade, renewable raw materials from European suppliers: FSC-certified beech wood which has been painted with UV-resistant varnish, 2mm of foam rubber and 100% natural rubber.
There are 96 designs in all covering 12 different themes including Wedding, Handmade, Invitation, Baby and Christmas. Each theme is packaged in its own display which is in keeping with the Woodies natural look. The round ink pads, just perfect for Woodies stamps, are available in 25 delicious colours. In 2015 RoyalPosthumus extended their stamp range to include 72 miniature motifs which are available in 8 different collections.
For more information check out the Everything for Paper Catalogue (pages 63.67 – 63.87).
(All images copyright of RoyalPosthumus)
May 1st, 16
Working with cork leather is easy as you can see in this craft tutorial from Efco which shows in a few steps how to make a great looking, durable phone case. In fact it’s so easy a child could make it as a gift for Father’s Day!
Materials and tools:
Cork Leather, 45 x 35cm, 0.65mm (33 706 ..)
Velcro Fastener 20mm Black (25 520 89)
Scissors Soft-Cut Premium Line (18 029 11)
UHU – Allcraft Transparent Flex + Clean (19 450 40)
Wooden Clothes Pegs 30mm (14 024 01)
Aluminium Ruler, 30cm (18 027 30)
Step 1. First create a template for the phone plus a closing flap. Allow for seams down the sides too. Mark it on the cork leather and cut it out with scissors.
Step 2. Apply a thin line of adhesive (approx. 4mm wide) down the long sides of the cork leather. Leave it until it is touch dry and then squeeze the edges together and secure them with clothes pegs for at least 2 minutes. Leave the short side open.
Step 3. Glue the flap centrally on one side of the phone case. Cut about 2cm of Velcro. Stick the fluffy part at the end of the flap on the underside. Stick the hook part to the corresponding area on the case.
Tip: The phone case can also be sewn with a sewing machine on the denim setting. First place the Velcro on the flap and sew it in position with a zigzag stitch. Sew the other piece on the pocket before sewing the sides together, again with a zigzag stitch.
For more information on the complete range of Cork Leather, Fabric and Paper contact us.
Apr 20th, 16
Nabbi® Melting Beads now come in a new bag of mixed striped colours which are great for children’s projects and birthday presents.
Here’s a great idea from Efco…
Materials and Tools needed:
Iron and Ironing Pad
Nabbi® – Melting Beads – Striped Colour Mix – ø5 x H 5mm (1082380)
Nabbi® – Mixed Heart Pegboard 1 (1082222)
Snap Hook with Keyring 50mm (2188350)
Position your chosen Nabbi® beads on the pegboard leaving one peg empty on either the left or right upper area of the heart. Lay the greaseproof paper over the top and iron to fix the beads. After briefly leaving it to cool, carefully remove the beaded heart from the pegboard. Iron the back to stabilise the heart. When cool, push the keyring through the hole left by the missing bead.
Apr 15th, 16
New to Efco for Spring 2016 are multicolour letter, number and sign beads.
The coloured cubes are 6mm whilst the white cubes are 7mm and they come in 30g packs. The beads are 7mm in diameter and come in 85g packs. They can be found on pg 172.34 of the Spring 2016 News Catalogue.
Apr 13th, 16
Another new range to Efco is the Chalk board fabric and stickers which come in various sizes and shapes.
Apr 11th, 16
Efco have some new felt shapes for spring in assorted colours…
For more information check out the News Catalogue for Spring 2016.
Apr 8th, 16
Crafters can create two different effects when combining Efco rubber stamps with the Efcolor cool enamelling – not just stamping onto the enamelled surface when it is cool but also stamping into it whilst it is hot.
It is worth recommending that customers ink up their stamp with an ink pad as usual when doing this technique as it will help release the stamp from the enamel. If they want to brush acrylic paints or mica into the grooves afterwards then they should use a VersaMark or Clear Emboss ink pad which can be found in the Everything for Paper Catalogue (pgs. 51 & 53). (A baby wipe can then be used to clean the paint etc from the raised enamelled surface.)
If stamping onto the surface when cool crafters need to use a permanent ink pad such as a StazOn found on page 63.55 of the Everything for Paper Catalogue. (To look after their stamps it’s advisable that crafters use the StazOn cleaning fluid before they then either wipe with an alcohol-free baby wipe or wash with light soapy water.)
If embedding crystals into the enamel then it is advisable to use Swarovski flat-backed gems as they do not lose their sharp edges and shine unlike the acrylic gems (pictured above) which will start to melt and give a round domed appearance instead.
3, 4 and 5mm Swarovski flat-backed crystals are available in 15 different colours and can be found on page 121.12 of the Beads and Gems Catalogue.
Mar 31st, 16
Efco’s clear rubber stamps can be used in combination with other crafts such as Efcolor enamelling..
If you’d like to find out more about Efcolor cool enamelling Fiona Jones will be demonstrating Efcolor techniques on Hochanda tv on Friday 1st April at 11am, 2pm and 6pm.