Mylar is a polyester film or plastic sheet made from the resin Polyethylene Terephthalate and can be used to create many interesting and exciting things. Opal Mylar is available in plain opal or a variety of coloured opals in sheet form.
The strength and stunning opalescent quality of Opal Mylar makes it an exciting material popularly used by mixed media artists, embroiderers,quilters and nail artists. Lots of fun when used for scrapbooks, cards, party decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements and the list goes on…..
Opal Mylar is translucent so it reflects back the colour of is surrounds but with a glistening opalescent quality that throws a variety of jewel like colours all at the same time. It performs at it’s most dramatic best with a dark backing, but do experiment as your desired finished result is dependent on it’s application and what you are combining it with.
Features of Opal Mylar:
- Polymer clay compatible,
- Heat tolerant, so can be baked on polymer clay,
- Iridescent film or sheet,
- It is heat resistant and can be dried on a low heat in the dryer or ironed under a pressing cloth after embroidering,
- Can be sewn,
- Can be laminated,
- Acid free,
- It is of garment quality (i.e. colourfast and washable),
- Can be used flat or scrunched or textured,
- It is compatible with all embossing folders and standard depth dies, peel-off stickers, electronic cutting machines, most punches, and
- You can use paints, markers and inks that work on non-porous surfaces on it.
Opal Mylar IS washable while solid and metal coloured Mylars are not washable. Mylar can be used to add dramatic effects to clothing, costumes (think fairy wings, space and dance costumes), quilting, machine embroidery etc. Any colour thread can be used as it will blend into the Mylar colour. It is recommended that you completely sew the entire design before you trim back the excess Mylar. This lessens the risk of tearing the underlying layer of Mylar in the design. To remove the excess, just tear it gently back from the sewing line. Any tiny remnants remaining can easily be removed with tweezers. If your embroidery design has been digitized for use with Mylar, the addition of a layer of Mylar under the embroidery will make your embroidery “sparkle” with a hidden secret!