I need advice... or something.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I want to build a "velvet board" which is an ironing board made just to iron velvet. The face of the board is wire, like the wire things they make to clean files. When you put the velvet down on it good side down, the velvet fibers don't flatten out, and the steam kames it look like new.

What do you call that wire stuff that cleans files, and where would one look for it in larger sizes than the file cleaners?

Mount Angel, OR(Zone 8a)

Wish, I could be of help, but sorry, but you seem to be a jill of all trades. Are you a woodworker? I think that and stained glass would be two items that would be enjoyable to learn. A couple of my brothers do very nice woodworking. If they were closer I would get them to teach a few things. DH does some but not with any enthusiasm.

Western, PA(Zone 6a)

This is a tough one to vision. Maybe a metal shop in town, or the local high school metal shop instructor might be of help. Good luck!

Walkerton, VA(Zone 7a)

Give this site a looksee, Darius. I know you want to make your own; but at least you can buy one here.
www.fabriclandwest.com/Notion_basics/Sewing_Tools/ tools_for_professionally_sewing_.htm
Here's another

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Thanks, rbb... I knew they were available... I just wanted to make my own. It may come down to buying one after all.

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

Darius can you use just a steamer and not press the velvet?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

nope. a steamer has the action of pressing the velvet, even if held half an inch away. I don't know why that is... the velvet fibers do not stand up after steaming unless suspended into a velvet board.

Washingtonville, NY(Zone 6a)

Do you know the fiber content of your velvet?
If all else fails, try getting your hands on wool cards. they are the brushes used to comb out wool fibers and have tons of little spikes. you'd have to hold it under the velvet and press in small bits.

Look at a weaving supply site like www.halcyon.com.

The dog brushes called 'slicks' are the same thing only smaller.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Thanks. The velvet is silk.

Washingtonville, NY(Zone 6a)

Yeah, silk would explain the problem.

It is so absorbent and thermo-plastic into the bargain. Steam would be bad on both counts.

Good Luck

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Darius, the wire brush used to clean files is called a 'file card',but I don't think they are large enough for your needs. Sorry I can't help on this one.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Robert, I have a file card. You are right, much too small!

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