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Lutradur is the most popular o the spunbonded synthetic abrics availableand is manuactured in diferent weights. It was developed primarily or useas an industrial abric—or example, as a carpet backing particularly or theautomotive industry—so you probably have Lutradur all around you when you are out in your car. It is made rom 100 percent polyester spun bersthat are thermally bonded and has a at, calendered surace. Te lightest weight o Lutradur (30gsm) works well combined with neabrics such as organza. It is quite translucent, so when any piece o work is mounted on top o another colored abric, the overall color scheme isaltered, sometimes giving the same efect as shot abric. Coloring it rst willprovide some depth o color or color mixing, although 30gsm Lutradur isnot dense enough to give a deep color.Medium-weight Lutradur (70gsm) is the most versatile o all those available,as it is strong enough to give physical support yet dense enough to reectadditional color where required without being overly structured. It is alsone enough to be heat distressed without producing an excessively denseabric. Tis weight is also available in black—technically, charcoal in color. Te heavier weights o Lutradur (100 and 130gsm) are more densely ormedand reasonably sel supporting and are ideal or constructing reestandingobjects such as books or smaller three-dimensional objects. Tey can be edthrough an ink-jet printer without having to be stabilized on reezer paper.Lutradur XL (230gsm) is a much denser, opaque abric, which when heatdistressed appears to melt away in layers. Lutradur XL is also thick enoughto create a sculpted surace using a soldering iron. With the success o Lutradur in recent years, the introduction o new weights is planned, including 18gsm, 50gsm, and 300gsm. 18gsm is a very ne, soter version o Lutradur, 50gsm bridges the gap between 30 and70gsm, while 300gsm is similar to a elt and is constructed by a needle-elting process rather than thermal bonding.
his is a combination of 30gsm and ltradr xl stampd with a watr-basdpaint. h pprmost ayr of 30gsm ltradr was printd with transfr dys and fois. sodring iron was thn sd to ct sqar aprtrs, which wr tid to th dydltradr with cotton par thrad. h top ayr was thn pacd on th ltradr xl andfsd togthr in pacs across th srfac with a sodring iron, crating srfac ttr.17" 14½" in (43 37 cm)