art material suppliers

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 August, 1998, 12:00am

For those who enjoy crafts but struggle to find the equipment they need, try Hands (2B, G/F, C.C. Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessey Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2893-9721). Among its unusual stock are acrylic paints suitable for use on rock, mosaic clippers, batik 'tjanting' sprayers (for dripping hot wax into a design) and a wide range of materials such as fusing glass, glass rods, leather, wood and tree bark. Open from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Sunday. The Hong Kong Art Material Centre (302, Leeloong Building, 4 Queen Victoria Street, Central, tel: 2524-8195) provides an extensive range of professional tools and paints for graphic design. Open from 9.30 am to 6 pm on weekdays and until 4 pm on Saturdays.

Fine artists may prefer Artsman (Flat A, 2/F Kiu Hong Mansion, 3 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, tel: 2573-8159). For more than 30 years, it has been selling a wide range of paints, brushes, paper, canvasses and fixitives. A framing service is also available. Open from 10 am - 7 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Potters can visit Paton (Front Portion, 13/F Nathan Apartments, 512 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, tel: 2789-1937) which stocks about 12 varieties of clay, sold by the kilo, a large collection of glazes and stains, and equipment such as kilns, wheels and kneading machines. Specialist clays Ciay and Fimo are also sold here. Open from 1 pm to 8 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.