Thursday, August 03, 2006

fresh ask crafty questions

Help a fellow crafter replies to these questions in the comments or email me with your tips.

x i am obsessed with trying these freezer paper stencils that are everywhere. where can i find freezer paper? - andrea

x do you know where I can find sheets of beeswax to make candles in toronto? and wicks as well. – Amanda

x I am looking for a mannequin-like head to block/display the hats that I knit. I've seen the glass ones (I'm assuming they are glass because it's clear...could be plastic) on other people's blogs. No clue where to find one in Toronto though…I was hoping your readers would have other suggestions for blocking hats if the heads are difficult to come by. - Natalie


Blogger Sophia said...

Hey all:

Freezer paper should be readily available at yer' average grocery store - with the other storage supplies like ziploc bags and such. It comes packaged like Saran Wrap and tinfoil, in long, rectangular boxes. Failing that, try checking with a butcher shop to see if they can give you any leads. Good luck!

7:02 p.m.  
Anonymous sarah innis said...

hi all,
with respect to the mannequin heads i saw some great ones at a designer's store here in TO, Virginia Johnson (164 Dundas @ Ossington)...i saw the heads in TOronto LIfe mag though.
they look handmade by paper mache and really cool. and it would be easy to make and customize.
i got a real mannequin head on ebay though. it's also beautiful.

9:20 a.m.  
Blogger ShanghaiCowgirl said...

Hot tip - there's a mannequin head for sale in the display case at the Goodwill at Queen Street West & Roncesvalles! I was there Thursday night around 7:30pm!

9:26 a.m.  
Blogger susanroweharrison said...

Is freezer paper the same as parchment paper? i bought some unbleached parchment at whole foods but sure that you could find at any supermarket...I am just looking at the box and it says that it is silicone coated...the company website is that helps!

10:38 a.m.  
Blogger Odilon said...

I've spent tonnes of time looking for freezer paper too. None of the grocery stores around me carry it. Yesterday, though, I found something called Pantry Pro Shelf Liner at my local Loblaws (the one right above St. Clair W subway station) and it's the exact same thing as freezer paper: waxed on one side, not so waxed on the other. I've even made a stencil with it.

I didn't find it with the foil, etc. Instead, it was in the Kosher section amid all of the Sabot candles. I never would have would have thought about looking there. It was a good thing I needed some Kosher salt, I suppose.

2:33 p.m.  
Anonymous chantal said...

There is a store on Adelaide and Spadina called King's Display that sells mannequin heads; plastic or styrofoam. I bought like three of them for fifteen bucks :D

You may need a vendor permit to spend more than a certain amount of money at this place though, but I'm not sure...

1:52 p.m.  
Blogger Laura M said...

i recommend king's display as well, the address is 410 Adelaide st. W. I have gotten many jewelry displays from there i am happy with. There is also a display place right across the street from them (i cannot remember the name) but check out there as well.

3:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longo's up near First Markham Place has it.

4:39 p.m.  
Blogger jo said...

I was looking for freezer paper too, and my local No Frills didn't have it, but Dominion did. I think the brand was Reynolds. If you are ironing it to fabric for applique, stencils, etc... you want the kind with a plasticy coating on one side, NOT wax. You don't want melted wax on your fabric. Baking parchment paper is not the same, but it is excellent to use as a semi-transparent non-stick "press cloth" for fusible applique. (Can you tell I'm a quilter?)

11:00 p.m.  
Blogger Odilon said...

Whoops. I guess I used the wrong word in my original comment. The shelf liner I found is plasticky and not waxed. It irons like a charm.

5:48 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

Nathalie emailed the following advice re: beeswax

Wicks and other candlemaking supplies can be found here:
They have beeswax but I'm not sure if they sell them in sheets.

Michael's definitely has beeswax sheets

You can also order online from here, but they're in Ottawa:
(but I've never ordered from them before so I'm not endorsing it)

10:18 a.m.  
Anonymous Moxobna said...

Thanks so much! I was going nuts trying to figure out where to find a mannequin head in Toronto. Off to King's Display...

11:47 a.m.  

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