Angelina Fibres - Use in your Scrapbooking and Mixed Media Projects

by Julie Hyde on August 09, 2021

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What is Angelina Fibre?

Angelina Fibres are made from a brightly coloured, luminescent material used to embellish hand made items such as jewellery, card crafts and fabrics.  The ultra fine fibres have a soft handle that create a luminescent effect where light is reflected and refracted. There are many different colours available.

When heat is applied to the fusible colours, you achieve a luminescent web of non woven fibres. Angelina Fibres can be incorporated into textile work, machine embroidery, spinning, stitching, papermaking, collage, card making and stamping.

You can create decorative bowls, panels, papier mache', modelling, applique, book covers and embellishments. For additional effects, try trapping lightweight flat materials between 2 layers of the Angelina Fibres eg sequins, feathers, fine wire. You can also decorate using stamps and metallic fabric paint. Work with your imagination!

What is Fusible Film?

Fusible film is the same material as the Angelina fibres but in sheet form. These iridescent, soft shimmering, sheets with a super soft handle create a luminescent effect where light is reflected and refracted.

Apply heat in the same way as with the Angelina fibres. If a piece of Fusible Film is crinkled, the various angles of the surface cause it to flash with bright colours, even more than regular Angelina.

Fusible Film is incredibly easy to use - just place the film on its own (or mixed with Angelina fibres and other flat items such as sequins) in small amounts between 2 sheets of baking parchment and iron briefly to fuse. Then cut, shape, punch, stitch and layer to create fantastic pieces and have lots of fun!

How to fuse Angelina Fibre? 

All you need is heat! You can use a heat gun, an iron or even hot water,  To make a sheet, lay out heat bondable Angelina fibres onto baking paper. Cover with a top sheet of baking paper and iron on the silk setting for just a few seconds. The higher the temperature and pressure, the more matt the result becomes. Mixing a variety of colours together will give you a multicolored effect  

Angelina Fibres have a low melting point and are heat-bondable. They will easily bond to themselves or Fusible Film with the application of heat to create a luminescent web of non-woven fabric. The fibres become momentarily sticky when the heat is applied and items such as flower petals and threads can be captured in a delicate web.

Tutorial 1 - Fused Angelina Fibre

To create a flat piece of fused Angelina Fibre is probably the easiest way to start using this product. Once you practice with simple heat fusion you can try out the other two tutorials below:

Step 1. Lay a sheet of baking paper down and spread the Angelina Fibres across the paper. 

Step 2. Cover with another sheet of baking paper for about 5 - 10 seconds. you should be able to see the design of the stamp through the baking parchment. Give it another 10 - 15 seconds of  ironing.

Different Colours of Angelina Fibres

Tutorial 2. 3D shapes

A fun and simple  way to bind the heat bondable Angelina fibres into a three-dimensional shape.  The fibres need only a very small amount of indirect heat to make them fuse. In this technique we are using boiling water.

Angelina Fibres and Craft Ideas
Step 1. You will need two small plastic containers. Plastic cups trimmed down to size are perfect.

Step 2. Carefully line the Angelina Fibres across the top of one of the cups (you will need enough so that you really can't see through to the bottom of the cup).

Step 3. Place the 2nd cup within the first cup, pushing all the fibres down so that the for a lining between the two cups. 

You might need a toothpick to push all the loose fibres down so the tuck right into the cup.

Step 4. Pour boiled water into the top cup to about 1cm below the rim. Then place the cups in a larger bowl or saucepan and pour in boiling water to about 2 cm below the rim of the cups. Leave in for about 15 mins.  

Step 5. Pour the water out of the inner cup and lift it out. The Angelina fibres will have adhered themselves to the outer edge of the inner cup.

Step 6. Gently push the fibres downwards and away from the edge of the basin to release the Angelina cup.  You can either trim and tidy the edges with scissors or leave it just as it is. I decided to leave mine as it was.

Angelina Fibres - Craft Ideas

Hint:  The fibres were fused together well enough, however I sprayed with some adhesive spray to keep the shape in place and to strengthen it overall. 

These would be great for xmas table decorations. Or you can turn them upside down and tie a bell inside and thread some colour twine through the top so it hangs like a Christmas Decoration. 

It sort of a looks a little like a birds nest!!

Tutorial 2 - Stamping

This is such a fun technique. All you need are Polymer Stamps, StazOn ink and Angelina Fibre.

Step 1. Ink up the stamp on the StazOn ink pad. The ink helps highlight the stamp design.

Step 2. Place the inked stamp face up onto some baking paper. 

Step 3. Carefully pull the Angelina fibres (tease them out) and lay across the stamp in small amounts until you cannot see the stamp design. 

Step 4. Cover the stamp with baking paper to stop the fibres sticking to the iron.  When you iron press down onto the stamp for 5 - 10 seconds you should be able to see the design of the stamp through the baking parchment. Give it another 10 - 15 seconds of  ironing.

Step 5. Gently peel away the baking paper.

Angelina Fibres and Craft Ideas

Tutorial 4 - Textures

In this technique create 3 Dimension pieces using various textures. Such as netting, mesh, frayed rope, sequins, feathers etc. In this tutorial I used sequins. 

Angelina Fibres Ideas

Step 1. Using some baking paper, carefully pull the Angelina fibres (tease them out) and lay the sequins between two fine layers of the fires. 

Step 2.  Place another sheet of baking paper on top of the fibres and using your iron, press down onto the baking paper for about 10 - 15 seconds. 

Step 3. - Gently peel away the papers and use in your craft projects. This piece would look lovely on a mixed media project and the photo doesn't do it justice. 

Ironing Tips:

The temperature of your iron is important. Different irons have different temperatures so it is best to start with the iron on the silk setting (this is usually the best for most irons).

When checking to see whether the fibres have fused, carefully peel back a corner of the paper and check the fibres. If too cool the fibres will not fuse together. You can carefully push back down the fibres and increase the heat.

If your iron is too hot it will make the fibres dull and they can become hard and not flexible.

Once you have the right setting for your iron, note it down and you will be able to use that setting for future projects.  Transparent and unmounted polymer stamps will produce clear images that the very fine detail can be reproduced time after time. You can also try other inks and experiment.  

So that just about wraps this post up. 

I hope you found this post all about Angelina Fibre interesting and will try some of the tutorials.  Leave a little comment below and tell me what you thought!

OH and stop by the shop and see all the lovely colours we have available.