Calico Craft Parts products are proudly manufactured in our own UK workshop. We don't use fancy packaging or branding, you just pay for the product and we hope you'll enjoy using them. Here's more about what we use with some hints and tips:
MDF wood (2mm and 3mm) shapes and embellishments need little or no further enhancement if you like the vintage look. Use inks and crackle glazes to enhance this further without altering the base colour. They are also ideal for gilding, staining and painting. Larger pieces can also be stamped, collaged, crackled and more - see how it's done over at the Design Team Blog!
Birch plywood (3mm) has a naturally light coloured birch wood top and bottom layer which is suitable for staining, painting, waxing or burning with a pyrography tool. All birch plywood plaques come ready sanded for your convenience - plaques over 100mm are also fine sanded. Depending on availability, we may from time to time (but rarely) need to substitute with light birch plywood or poplar plywood - this does not significantly affect the appearance of the product and has no effect on its end use.
PLEASE NOTE: Laser cutting may leave some sooty residue on the back of MDF pieces although we take steps to minimise this as much as possible - it can be more pronounced the more fiddly the design. This is not a defect and will not affect the end use of the product as it's on the back.
HOT OFF THE PRESS!! As our products are freshly cut to order, you may sometimes notice a burnt smell caused by the heat of the laser cutting process - the intensity of the laser beam precisely burns through the material and this allows us to cut extremely intricate and detailed designs. It won't be very noticeable (if at all) on larger products such as plaques/mixed media boards etc but maybe more noticeable on fiddly and/or engraved designs.
Some people are more sensitive to the smell than others, some people enjoy it, some don't notice anything at all - so best we can do is advise you prior to purchase. Once your order is unpacked and aired for a bit, any lingering odour should fade - you can seal them with a clear sealer, such as Mod Podge, before use if needed.
WE RECOMMEND: Use a good quality wood or PVA glue when using our products for best results - apply a thin coating across the back of the piece, allow to dry for a few minutes, then stick down pressing evenly. We highly recommend DecoArt paints, mediums, glues and finishes for tried and tested results with our products.