So I’ve been playing with silk, and finding some cool properties. I’m posting some preliminary results and will add more notes over time. If others have worked with silk, I’m hoping they can add to the postings here. My focus is on the optimal GF settings to work with silk. So here goes:
I started with a tight weave silk that’s paper thin: 0.004":
It cuts really nicely - it melts! It takes very little power to cut and leaves a very clean edge. This was cut with the power set at 1 and the speed set at 200, single pass:
It took a lot of magnets to keep this from flying away as it was cut loose from the base fabric!
Here’s a close-up of the cut edge:
If you look closely, you can see the bead of melted silk that nicely seals the edge as it cuts.
That bead of melted silk got me thinking… what would happen if I stacked two layers of silk ?
The settings were nearly the same, with the power set to 1 and the speed dropped to 100. This image shows the bead that was formed between the two layers:
The seam is reasonably rugged, although it is still the weak link when pulling the seam apart:
So not only can you cut silk cleanly - you can cut and stitch at the same time! I’m hoping readers of this post can start imagining what could be done with this cut+stitch capability.
In case you were wondering, I stopped at 10 layers:
Because each layer melts, the size of the bead will scale up with each layer of silk added. I kept the power at 1 and the speed at 100. This shows the edge view of the 10-layer stack:
So there you go. If you’ve worked with silk, please share your experiences here. If you haven’t played with silk, I’d encourage you to try. I’d also like to hear any suggestions for other experiments to try, and ideas for what could be constructed with this cut+stitch method.