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« on: June 24, 2007 07:29:52 AM »

Living in Denmark, I was truly irritated at the fact that I could not get freezer paper anywhere. The other day I stood with a roll of, I thought, gift paper. It turned out not to be gift paper but book-covering paper. On the label it said: This paper is coated with plastic for extra endurance. Do you ever have moments where you can almost see that little lightbulb appearing next to your head? Well this was one.

I tried it out and it actually works. A roll of plastic-coated book covering paper costs 19 danish kroner, that's about 3.5 dollars, and it is a couple of meters.  The colours on it do not matter - although if you want to trace motives through it, you may find this easier with a light colour. The colours do not stick to the fabric. I found out not to go over the stencil with the iron (on hot for cotton) more then once (if you do that EVERYTHING will stick - eventually it will come off and you'll still have a nice result but that will take hours...).

I am so happy about this! You can see one result of the book-covering paper stencilling herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tingletangle/576113214/

« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 05:21:44 AM »

Thanks! I live in Australia and we also dont' have 'freezer paper'. It's nice to know about the alternatives.

« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007 06:30:11 AM »

Have you tried self-adhesive transparency foil? I've tried it today for the first time and it works a treat! It's transparent (d'oh) and sticks to fabric all by itself, no ironing. Smiley It's sold in shops where you can buy stationary.

« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007 01:32:18 AM »

Thanks! I live in Australia and we also dont' have 'freezer paper'. It's nice to know about the alternatives.

i have been wondering if 'freezer paper' is available in Australia, i'm from SA and hadn't started searching the shops (and getting strange looks from the ladys at lincraft and spotlight when i ask for it Smiley ) thanks for answering my question!! also what does book covering paper look like??

x laura

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007 02:31:24 PM »

In Australia we call it "contact". Shiny on one side, sticky on the other. It's wonderful stuff, I use it for all my stencils.
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2007 06:57:34 AM »

hahah yeah just good ol' contact would work! Wink
this freezer paper gear they say can iron on and peal off and you can print on it and all that kinda jazz so it's a bit different to contact and sounds easier!

x laura

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2007 11:13:33 AM »

From your description, I do not think the bookcovering paper is the same as what you call 'contact'paper. The paper i am talking about is not sticky on one side. It is paper that is quite glossy on one side, and it mostly has some kind of pattern on it. It is used normally to wrap around schoolbooks, so they keep nice longer, but it doesn't stick to the book itself.

But since it has this glossy, plastic coating on one side, it works like freezer paper.


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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007 02:47:36 PM »

Ah I see. Since contact is usually used to cover books here, I just assumed it was sticky like contact.
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2007 08:15:30 PM »

For all the Aussies out there - I was mucking around last night with the printer. And Contact DOES work! I used a cheap-cheap handkerchief (thin fabric) and a cheap-cheap clear Contact. Cut both to A4 size, stick the contact to the back of the fabric, and run it through the printer. Give it a moment to dry a little, and then peel away the Contact.

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007 04:09:52 AM »

I couldn't figure out where to get freezer paper as well, until I was at the cheese shop and the salesman wrapped my gouda in a plastic lined paper..WAIT A MINUTE!!! Only problem with this is that it's only glued along the length on either end of the paper, so the plastic is detached in the center. No problem for round edges, but it is for long small details, the plastic tends to curl back.
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2007 12:41:46 PM »

I use something called 'Pro-Film' its papery one side and has a yellow waxy/plastic layer on the other which you iron onto the screen. Does anyone else use this? My Mum used to be an art teacher and has a roll of it.
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2012 03:17:30 PM »

Hiya all,,,

I live in the UK and we don't have freezer paper either.
The alternative I use,,,and it's a pretty cheap method too,,,is using Printer Photo paper.
I print my design onto the dull side of the photo paper then place the shiny side face down onto my fabric,,iron it at an averagely high heat for about 10 seconds,,,and job done! You can use this method for stencilling,,,where you print the design on the dull side, cut out, then iron it on,,,or print template, design, shapes, etc on the dull side, iron on, then cut your shape, template out,,,then just peel the paper off. Perfect patterns! everytime,,,and it's cheap to do. I get 18 A4 sheets at a shop called poundland. Any of the printer Photo papers work,,,Happy stencilling!!
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012 12:23:01 AM »

I have found that when people use the term freezer paper, they may not find it, but have you tried looking for it as butcher paper or butcher wrap?  Both terms are used here in Canada - Reynolds is one company that makes it here and they use the term freezer wrap commercially, for their product sold in grocery stores, but I  found that when BIL used that term to look for a large box of it at a game/hunting supply store, they had not clue.  When other BIL went to the same store and asked for butcher wrap, they showed him right away to the big display of it. 

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