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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about your favorite Plaid products? Search our frequently asked question library for answers on how to use our craft paints, decoupage products, stitchery kits, and more.

How long does it take FolkArt Gesso to cure?

FolkArt Gesso will dry to the touch very quickly within 10 – 20 minutes, however, it will take approximately 24 hours before it is cured to the surface.  Once cured to the project surface, the surface can then be painted or decorated. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;b...

How should I clean up my painting tools when working with FolkArt Gesso?

FolkArt Gesso, because it is non-toxic and water-based, is easy to clean out of painting tools immediately after use – while wet – with soap and water.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px soli...

What is the Hot Knife Tool?

Plaid’s Hot Knife Tool is a convenient and easy-to-use tool that will provide general crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and Cosplayers with all they need to easily cut through or carve a variety of materials.  General craft surfaces such as EVA foam, wax, bar soaps, fabric, paracord,...

How is the Hot Knife Tool packaged?

Packaged together, all three pieces: the Hot Tool, the knife tip and the metal safety stand are conveniently found as a hang able blister carded package.  The Hot Knife Tool includes an electrical cord that measures approximately 56 inches.   .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:p...

What is the required voltage for the Hot Knife Tool?

The Hot Knife Tool operates at 120vac, 25w, and 60 Hz. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar ...

What is the temperature range of the Hot Knife Tool once heated?

The Hot Knife Tool should take approximately eight to ten (8 – 10) minutes to completely heat up. Please always use with caution as once fully heat activated, the Hot Knife may reach a temperature of 518°F. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8...

What type of a surfaces can be used when creating with the Hot Knife Tool?

A variety of surfaces such as wax, bar soaps, EVA foam, paracord, foam core board, and decorative foam pumpkins, gourds, fruits and vegetables can all be carved or cut into decorative shapes using the Hot Knife Tool. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px so...

How do I begin using the Hot Knife Tool?

Begin by selecting a surface as well as a design to be cut or carved.  If using a pattern, transfer the design onto the chosen surface.  Next plug the Hot Knife Tool into an outlet, rest the tool on its metal safety stand and then allow the tool to heat up, (approximately 8 – ...

How do I need to prepare my surface?

The only preparation prior to cutting or carving while using the Hot Knife Tool is to make sure the surface is dry, dust-free and if desired, a pattern has been transferred. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;bor...

How shall I transfer my pattern?

A design pattern can easily be transferred using artist’s graphite paper. Graphite Transfer Paper: Begin by securing the printed or hand drawn pattern onto the surface using a piece of stencil tape.  Slip the artists graphite paper under the paper pattern keeping the dark si...
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