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.
Mar 23rd, 16
Efco Easy Rust Paste and Liquid is now available. It is a water-based medium suitable for exterior use. Lightfast, it can be applied to most surfaces including card, polystyrene, wood, metal, PappArt and ceramic.
With Easy Rust it is easy to create a rusty look without chemicals. It is also possible to burnish or glaze it for great finishes which are weather resistant when dry. The Easy Rust Paste is available in two colours, red and brown, and can be mixed to create different tones. It can also be mixed with the rust orange Easy Rust Liquid.
Contact us for more information or to place an order.
Mar 21st, 16
Now customers can make their own cork bags and pouches using cork leather available from Efco…
It is available in four different styles and comes in 45 x 30 cm pieces.
To find out more or to purchase any of Efco’s range of cork products Contact Us.
Feb 19th, 16
Efco will be introducing a new range of cork products at CHSI Stitches this year…
The cork comes in various thicknesses, some backed with paper or fabric making it ideal for all sorts of crafting activities as you can cut, sew and stick it.
Join us on Stand G25 in Hall 12 NEC Birmingham to see this fabulous range. Other new ranges include Chalkboard fabric, Easy Beton Pastes, Woodies Stamps and Color Pots, as well as new additions to Efco’s Papp Art and other decorative items.
Fiona Jones will be demonstrating the new Texture Mats, Efcolor and Metal Embossing.