… . the hot blade! For the individuals who are new to this item, a hot blade is comparable in size to a welding iron with alterable tips. Once connected, the tips will warmth up so you can utilize the hot end to cut or warmth different materials. Hot blades are entirely shoddy as well – the beneath set will run you $22 on Amazon.com.
Numerous cosplayers as of now utilize hot blades to cut froth and other prop materials, however you can utilize a hot blade on texture as well! Insofar as your texture is produced using unnatural material, for example, polyester, a hot blade will liquefy and slag the crude finish of your texture, transforming it into a hard, plastic-like line. However common textures like cotton won’t dissolve and slag – rather these will essentially consume with extreme heat in the event that you attempt to light them ablaze or utilize a hot knife. To test your fiber and play out a consume test, pursue these means.
However, for what reason would I ever need to soften my texture??
There’s a couple of reasons!
Edge wrapping up. Is your texture edge an odd shape, or something that can only with significant effort be rolled or serged? Slagging or cutting with the hot blade keeps your texture from fraying, and enables you to make whatever shape your structure calls for.
Troubling. We utilized the hell out of the hot blade for our Sakizou ensembles, since it required such huge numbers of crude and upset edges. Gaps and tears can look somewhat unusual if your texture is the benevolent that brawls effectively – what looks extraordinary currently may not look so hot in multi day or two when strings are starting to disentangle. Fixing the edges of your texture with a hot blade ensures that the edge won’t shred, regardless of the amount you wear your costume. We utilized the accompanying techniques while making our Sakizou cosplays:
Slagging while at the same time cutting – on silk, I previously followed out my upset example while utilizing chalk. I at that point picked one of the tips that went to a point, and “cut” along that example with the hot blade. The warmth from the blade consumed the glossy silk and fixed the edge in one go. An overwhelming bit of cardboard ought to be set under your work with the goal that you don’t incidentally cut or consume your table. This strategy is incredible for weightier textures or ones that won’t move under the blade.
Slagging in the wake of cutting – on chiffon, the above advances were hard to do since the texture was so inclined to sliding. Rather I initially cut the fundamental shape I needed with scissors. I at that point utilized a level tip and ran the hot blade along all edges of the texture to seal. Be cautious about the warmth setting and to what extent you remain in one spot while utilizing this strategy, as light texture can dissolve effectively.
Some broad hot blade tips:
Don’t over-heat your knife. Test first to figure out which temperature is best for your texture; something too hot can liquefy away your texture more than you proposed.
Try not to leave your hot blade unattended or around creatures/children. It’s extremely hot!
As usual, ensure you utilize your hot blade in a well-ventilated zone since you are basically softening plastic, and various polyesters can emit fumes. Keep kids and pets from the room, and consider a respirator relying upon your texture.