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« on: July 12, 2007 10:14:49 AM »

hi!

i came across a fREE lot of around 60 bottles of tri-chem liquid embroidery and their go glo line. (pic below). i've done a bunch of internet research and kindo get what it is, BUT am not sure how a crafter in today's day and age would use it? is it good for stenciling?

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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007 11:41:13 AM »

its equivalent of puffy paint i had recieved not of this brand but embroidery paint and it smelled so toxic out it went.  does the tubes you have any smell?
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2007 11:51:15 AM »

it looks like it is used as non-puffy paint (strange, i know) and i'm not sure if they smell. i didn't open them.

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2007 11:35:52 AM »

my mother had tons of this in the early 70's and she'd use the iron patterns and sit all day and paint them. They were cute and all but not practical in any sense of the word in our house. With seven kids who gets to use the embroidered kitty cat chasinga ball of sting pillow case?  Cheesy
anyhow just use them as you would any of the bottled paints out today. I know the stuff is long lasting I've seen at least a dozen pieces in thrift shops that I recognized.
You had to use some sort of paper filter under them in order to get the little ball rolling properly to get the paint out smooth. I think it was used on the metal ring tray thing to stop the paint from bleeding through to the other side. It was mainly just an outline type of thing then though.
If the tubes still work use them!
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2007 10:26:26 PM »


I IMed my mom about this. She used to sell Tri-Chem over 30 years ago, and when I was around 9 or so, I discovered her paints and she let me "play" with them.  She said the tube in your picture looks exactly like the tubes she had over 30 years ago, so there's a possiblilty that your tubes are 30 years old or so.  I do recall some of the paint separating by the time I played with it, which would have been when my mom had had the paint for 10 or 15 years, depending on when she got the paint.  (I'm 28)

(01:17:56) Linda: I guess the first question is what is she stenciling on.   I don't think it would work on walls.  It should work on fabric.  I haven't used it in approx. 30 years.  We had pattern books that we could iron on to fabric.  I don't remember stencils but I think its possible. If they are giving them away you should find out how old they are and when was the last time they were used.  If they haven't been used in a number of years, depending on how and where they were stored if they would be any good.  the paint does separate and also gets hard - sometimes the tips get clogged, so you would also need replacement tips.  To change the tips we had a special pliers to change them.

Mom also mentioned that you'll have to make sure the stencil is smooth and stays in place (my suggestion: use the freezer paper method).  She also said that you should probably test the paint on a scrap of the same type of fabric. The paint was originally used with cotton fabric ONLY, and she's not sure if it would bleed on other types of fabric.  Definately put lots of newspaper under your project in case it leaks through. 

Apparently there is a ball inside the applicator that rolls on the paint, and so you need to keep the thing straight so the paint comes out. 

I can tell you that anything you paint with the Tri-Chem will last FOREVER. Or at least, it will last 30+ years. My Nanny painted tablecloths and stuff with it, and they're still at my aunt's house in good condition.

If you want to ask my mom any questions, PM me and I'll give you her e-mail address. 

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2007 10:35:19 PM »

I don't know if they still make that brand...  but they do still make this stuff for "paint embroidery".  Like the person before said they are traditionally used with embroidery transfers.

http://www.herrschners.com/products/product.aspx?sku=090015

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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2007 10:52:09 PM »

thank you so much you crafting angels!

my plan was to actually cut open the tubes as i need the colours and stir them up and use them as stencilling paint. pretty much for fabric only.

you can actually still buy them on ebay too...weird.

thank you again!!

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2007 10:58:22 PM »

I'm sure there are some ladies my mom's age who still like to paint with them Wink

Mom says cutting them open is probably the best idea.

  you can probably get off the tip with a needlenose plier and then you'd be able to re-close them.  Maybe. I'm not sure.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007 03:44:35 PM »

My Mom use to use that stuff in the late 70's.  She had a huge carry kit and so many colors.

She would use iron-on transfers and then paint over the lines for color. So it was like liquid embroidery floss.  She did it on shirts, pants, pillowcases, pillows. Anything she could get her hands on really.
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2007 02:04:03 PM »

If you haven't cut them open instead just pop out the bead in the tip and squeeze out what you need, then you can plug it with a small nail and put the lid back on.  Try using a straight pin to put pressure on the bead to get it out.  I used those paints when I was a kid and accidently popped out the end trying to clean them way too many times.  You can use mineral spirits to clean up.  They are kinda stinky so beware.  If you haven't tried painting with them, don't put them on too thick or it will crack with use.  Part of the technique was to roll on the paint in a smallish section and then rub it into the fabric (we used an old crochet hook, about the size of a pencil.) It was also made to blend so you should be able to mix them.  Have fun!
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