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Angelina is a reflective polyester fiber that bonds to itself. It can be melted into fabric or used unmelted to add sparkle to woven fibers or other projects. Angelina fiber is cut "straight" or"crimped." Straight cut Angelina is a very fine fiber like fine baby hair; when melted, the fabric color is more subtle. Crimped fiber is cut slightly wider and is wavy; crimped fiber can provide stronger color and highlights.
Turning Angelina into fabric takes just seconds:
Fold a Teflon press sheet in half like a book.
Place a tuft of Angelina fiber in the the folded press sheet.
Place an iron sent to a silk-wool medium temperature on top of the press sheet for 4 to 5 seconds.
Open the press sheet and see if the Angelina is melted into a fabric sheet. If the fiber is still "hairy" and fly-away, press for an additional 1 or 2 seconds. Again check to see if the fiber is all melted.
Examine both sides of the bonded Angelina. The front side that is closest to the iron heat may look different that the back side. Use whichever color side you prefer.
NOTE: Iron heat settings, pressure, and length of heating affect the resulting look of Angelina. If the iron is set too high, kept on the press sheet too long, or pressed too firmly the reflective colors within the fibers can burn way.
Before it is cut, Angelina is a film, which bonds to itself or the fibers in the same way as Angelina Fiber.
Pictured is a purse designed by QF owner Cindy Oravecz using Angelina.