Archive for April, 2016

New Stripe Mix available in Nabbi® Beads

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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…

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Materials and Tools needed:
Iron and Ironing Pad
Greaseproof Paper
Nabbi® – Melting Beads – Striped Colour Mix – ø5 x H 5mm (1082380)
Nabbi® – Mixed Heart Pegboard 1 (1082222)
Snap Hook with Keyring 50mm (2188350)

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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.

Multicoloured Letter Beads

New to Efco for Spring 2016 are multicolour letter, number and sign beads.

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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.

Chalkboard Fabric and Stickers

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Another new range to Efco is the Chalk board fabric and stickers which come in various sizes and shapes.

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New Felt Shapes for Spring

Efco have some new felt shapes for spring in assorted colours…

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For more information check out the News Catalogue for Spring 2016.

Embossing into Efcolor

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.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.