BULLIONS

Bullion Threads are the larger version of Purl threads and used for large goldwork embroidery projects such as alter frontals. If you are working pictures and small projects then you require the Purl threads. Often the term bullion is used to describe purl threads but it is important to note that bullion threads are large and more suitable for big projects such as alter frontals seen from a distance and not for small embroidery projects.

Bullion threads, are very fine wire threads in a tubular shape, very similar to purl threads but are thicker. All of the bullion threads are a hollow soft and flexible metal tube. The tube is cut up into pieces and sewn down like a bead.

For my Goldwork Embroidery Kits I use the Purl Threads as I find the Bullions are too thick/large. If you are looking for bullion threads for hand embroidery for pictures and small projects then you require the Purl Threads which are a smaller version of the bullion threads.

Bright Check Bullion has a faceted surface and is shiny appearance (same appearance as Bright Check Purl)

Wire Bullion has a smooth surface and is matte in appearance (same appearance as Rough Purl)

Bright Bullion has a smooth surface and is shiny in appearance (same appearance as Smooth Purl)

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Metal threads are packaged in clear acid free plastic or paper bags or tissue paper.

HOW TO USE BULLIONS

I have used the same pictures for the Bullion threads as the Purl threads. The pictures below are of Purl threads but as Bullions look the same I have used the same pictures for examples of what the Bullion threads look like. One of the main differences between Purls and Bullions is that Bullions come in much larger sizes and if you want to do pictorial work such as the pictures below I would suggest using the Purl Threads. If you want the goldwork to stand out at a distance such as a alter frontal then the larger Bullion sizes are suitable.

Bullion threads typically come in two or three lengths to make up one yard. All of the Bullion threads are a hollow soft and flexible metal tube. The tube is cut up into pieces and sewn down like a bead using a double strand of waxed Polyester Sewing Thread. It is a good idea to cut the chips on a Goldwork Pad, this soft surface keeps the chips in one place rather than skidding all over a table top.

The sewing thread is waxed using Bees Wax this is to help the Bullion chips slide down the thread. A No. 10 Crewel Embroidery Needle is used to sew down Bullion chips.

Pieces of the bullion thread can be sewn directly onto the fabric or over padding i.e. Felt or Crochet Cotton and are sewn down in the fashion of Bugle Beads and never taken to the back of the work or couched over so that the thread is showing. A pair of fine tipped Tweezers are a great tool for working with purl threads as you can use the tweezers to pick up the chips and position them and you can use the tweezers to unpick a wrong size chip.

Visit the free instructions for the goldwork Fleur De Lys to view pictures and instructions on how to sew down felt padding and Bullion chips.

Sizes range from No. 1 being the smallest to No. 10 being the largest.


1. Example of Wire Bullion Sewn Down over Crochet Cotton Padding

2. Example of Wire Bullion and Bright Bullion Sewn Down over Felt

1: A stem is worked in a Wire Bullion over crochet cotton padding. The bullion is cut into approximately 1/4 inch (6 mm) lengths and sewn over couched down crochet cotton at a 30- degree angle. The purls lays most aesthetically if the chips are sewn over the crochet cotton at an angle rather than straight across.

2: A leaf is worked in Wire Bullion for the main body of the leaf and Bright Bullion on the tip of the leaf over felt padding. Bullions are cut to the length required to cover the felt. The contrast between the Wire and Bright Bullion can be seen clearly demonstrating how the two golds can be used together to create a dimensional piece.


 3. Example of the use of Wire Bullion, and Bright Bullion

4. Example of alternating between one Bright Check Bulion and two Bright Bullion.

Leaf 3. is worked in Wire Bullion for the lower portion of the leaf over crochet cotton and felt padding. The s-ing vein down the center of the leaf is worked in Bright Bullion.

Leaf 4. Is worked  alternating between one Bright Check Bullion chip and two Bright Bullion Chips. The s-ing vein line down the center of the leaf is worked in Wire Bullion. The sewing down of the different metal threads brings a special quality of light play to the embroidery.


5. Example of Bright Check Bullion

6. Example of Bright Check Bullion

5. The bottom part of a Fleur De Lys is worked in Bright Check Purl / Bullion over crochet cotton padding.

6. The center of a flower is worked in Bright Check Bullion over felt padding. Chips of Check purl are cut up into 1/16th of an inch (3 mm) length and sewn down randomly over the felt covering the entire surface.


See below the Bullion threads that I offer.

The picture below shows the smallest Gilt Bright Check Bullion No. 1 and the largest Gilt Bright Check Bullion No. 8

The picture below shows the smallest Silver Bright Check Bullion No. 1 and the largest Silver Bright Check Bullion No. 5

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BRIGHT CHECK BULLIONS (larger version of Bright Check Purl)

Bright check bullions are very fine wire threads in a tubular shape and has a faceted surface which is shiny. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

The thread typically comes in three lengths to make up one yard. All of the bullion threads are a hollow soft and flexible metal tube. The tube is cut up into pieces and sewn down like a bead. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

For a description and pictures of how bullions can be used and required tools click here!

Please note that you may require the Bright Check Purl thread instead of the Bright Check Bullion thread. The Bullion threads are large scale metal threads suitable for large projects such as alter frontals. For small scale projects such as what I use in my goldwork kits I use the Purl threads instead which have the same apperance as Bullion threads but are on a smaller scale.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 1 being the smallest to No. 8 being the largest

COSTS

Gold and silver bullions are sold by the inch.

Bright Check Bullion is the larger version of Bright Check Purl - what is the difference?


1 Yard of No. 1 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 1 mm wide): $12.50 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of No. 2 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 1.5 mm wide): $14.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch Length of No. 3 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 2 mm wide): $6.80 Canadian Dollars

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12 inch Length of No. 4 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 2.5 mm wide): $11.40 Canadian Dollars

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14 inch length of No. 5 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 2.5 mm wide): $16.10 Canadian Dollars

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10 inches of Gilt No. 6 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 3.5 mm wide): $12.50 Canadian Dollars

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5 inch length of Gilt No. 7 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 3.5 mm wide): $6.75 Canadian Dollars

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4 inch length of Gilt No. 8 Bright Check Bullion (approximately 5.5 mm wide): $7.76

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The picture below shows the smallest Gilt Wire Bullion No. 1 and the largest Gilt Wire Bullion No. 10

The picture below shows the smallest Gilt Wire Bullion No. 1 and the largest Gilt Wire Bullion No. 10

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WIRE BULLIONS (larger version of Rough Purl)

Wire bullions are very fine wire threads in a tubular shape with a smooth surface and is matte in appearance. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

The thread typically comes in three lengths to make up one yard. All of the bullion threads are a hollow soft and flexible metal tube. The tube is cut up into pieces and sewn down like a bead. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

For a description and pictures of how bullions can be used and required tools click here!

Please note that you may require the Rough Purl thread instead of the Wire Bullion thread. The Bullion threads are large scale metal threads suitable for large projects such as alter frontals. For small scale projects such as what I use in my goldwork kits I use the Purl threads instead which have the same apperance as Bullion threads but are on a smaller scale.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 1 being the smallest to No. 10 being the largest

COSTS

Gold and silver bullions are sold by the inch.

Wire Bullion is the larger version of Rough Purl - what is the difference?


1 Yard of No. 1 Wire Bullion (approximately 1 mm wide): $12.25 Canadian Dollars

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33 inches of Gilt No. 1 Wire Bullion (approximately 1 mm wide): $11.25 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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1 Yard of Gilt No. 2 Wire Bullion (approximately 2 mm wide): $14.50 Canadian Dollars

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18 inches of Gilt No. 2 Wire Bullion (approximately 2 mm wide): $7.25 Canadian Dollars - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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8 inch Length of No. 3 Wire Bullion (approximately 3 mm wide): $7.65 Canadian Dollars

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9 inch length of No. 4 Wire Bullion (approximately 3.25 mm wide): $8.55 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch length of No. 5 Wire Bullion (approximately 3.5 mm wide): $9.20 Canadian Dollars

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10 inch Length of Gilt No. 6 Wire Bullion (approximately 3.75 mm wide): $12.50 Canadian Dollars

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10 inch Length of Gilt No. 7 Wire Bullion (approximately 4 mm wide): $13.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch length of Gilt No. 8 Wire Bullion (approximately 4.5 mm wide): $15.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch Length of Gilt No. 9 Wire Bullion (approximately 5 mm wide): $7.60 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch Length of Gilt No. 10 Wire Bullion (approximately 6 mm wide): $16.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 inch Length of Gilt No. 10 Wire Bullion (approximately 6 mm wide): $2.00 Canadian Dollars

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The picture below shows the smallest Gilt Bright Bullion No. 1 and the largest Gilt Bright Bullion No. 10

The picture below shows the smallest Silver Bright Bullion No. 1 and the largest Silver Bright Bullion No. 5

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BRIGHT BULLIONS (larger version of Smooth Purl)

Bright bullions are very fine wire threads in a tubular shape with a smooth surface and is shiny in appearance. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

The thread typically comes in three lengths to make up one yard. All of the bullion threads are a hollow soft and flexible metal tube. The tube is cut up into pieces and sewn down like a bead. The metal in the threads will tarnish over time.

For a description and pictures of how bullions can be used and required tools click here!

Please note that you may require the Smooth Purl thread instead of the Bright Bullion thread. The Bullion threads are large scale metal threads suitable for large projects such as alter frontals. For small scale projects such as what I use in my goldwork kits I use the Purl threads instead which have the same apperance as Bullion threads but are on a smaller scale.

SIZES

Threads range from No. 1 being the smallest to No. 10 being the largest

Bright Bullion is the larger version of Smooth Purl - what is the difference?

COSTS


1 Yard of No. 1 Bright Bullion (approximately 0.75 mm wide): $12.25 Canadian Dollars

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1 Yard of No. 2 Bright Bullion (approximately 1 mm wide): $14.50 Canadian Dollars

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7 inch Length of No. 3 Bright Bullion (approximately 3 mm wide): $5.95 Canadian Dollars

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10 inch Length of No. 4 Bright Bullion (approximately 3.25 mm wide): $9.50 Canadian Dollars

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8 inches of No. 5 Bright Bullion (approximately 3.5 mm wide): $9.20 Canadian Dollars

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6 inch Length of Gilt No. 6 Bright Bullion (approximately 3.75 mm wide): $13.50 Canadian Dollars

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9 inch Length of Gilt No. 7 Bright Bullion (approximately 4 mm wide): $12.15 Canadian Dollars

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10 inch Length of Gilt No. 8 Bright Bullion (approximately 4.5 mm wide): $15.50 Canadian Dollars

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7 inch Length of Gilt No. 9 Bright Bullion (approximately 5 mm wide): $12.25 Canadian Dollars

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8 inch Length of Gilt No. 10 Bright Bullion (approximately 6 mm wide): $16.00 Canadian Dollars

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1 inch Length of Gilt No. 10 Bright Bullion (approximately 6 mm wide): $2.00 Canadian Dollars

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