Efex furniture appliques have been handmade in New Zealand for over 40 years from original plaster moldings taken from pieces throughout England and France. Unlike other appliques Efex furniture appliques are completely flexible
so they simply adjust to fit any surface they’re applied to. They can also be stretched up to 2% to ensure a tight fit. No special tools are required beyond a pair of scissors or a knife and a good contact cement.
How to use Efex Appliques
Design your project. Take a little time to pick out the pieces you like, and then follow the old adage…measure twice, cut once.
Fit the mouldings before gluing and cut them to size. Remember, you can stretch Efex about 2% in many directions. You can hold the appliqués on with tape to see what they will look like before adhering them.
Mark and cut your mouldings to size. Use a sharp knife, such as a X-Acto or utility knife or scissors to cut.
Glue on with a contact adhesive. Once the glue is dry to the touch, in about 15 or 20 minutes, press the two together. Note: all brands of contact adhesive come with manufacturer’s instructions…please read them! You can clean up the glue with mineral spirits on a rag if you want cleaner edges. Otherwise, when the glue is completely dry, which will vary depending on glue used, humidity and drying temperature, you can start finishing your project.
When your glue is dry, let your inner creative self out! Paint, stain, gild, crackle, wax, finish with your favourite technique. The possibilities are endless, so get started today!