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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: protecting felt from water and other elements on: July 09, 2014 11:11:32 AM
Having it be hollow will probably help. I'm not sure whether or not wool fiber absorbs other liquids (non-water based) in the same manner it absorbs water. You can probably run a quick test on a sample of similar thickness and firmness to determine that.

I still don't understand, given what you say you want to do with this piece, why you made it of fiber. It seems like you want to eliminate all the qualities of fiber so why not just make it from something like clay?? Maybe I just don't understand what you are trying to make.

I would be very interested in seeing photos of your project and to hear how it goes so do please keep us posted!!!

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: protecting felt from water and other elements on: July 08, 2014 06:07:54 AM

I would say no and (as you predicted) I would say make it in polymer clay, papier mache or ceramics.

You could try making a test piece and see what might happen if you try to seal it. If you manage to seal it to your satisfaction, you would need to wait a few months or more to see what happens to it over time.

Wool will absorb a lot of moisture so if you are using a water based sealer it is possible that is will cause the fibers to swell and distort. Cloth is relatively thin so coating it with paint etc. doesn't significantly alter the drying time, but with a 3D fiber sculpture you could end up with the surface drying while the interior is still quite wet. If the surface dried completely it may become even harder for the interior to dry which may cause other problems. You may not ever be able to make the interior stiff/hard which then increases the chance that the outer layer (if it does harden) cracking.

Fiber isn't typically treated in this manner. If you want it so hard that you could put enough primer on it to be able to sand it - you've eliminated any reason for it to be made of fiber in the first place.

Good Luck with your project!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best wool roving to use to be dye... on: June 28, 2014 05:49:47 AM
Any naturally light colored natural fiber would work - but you need to be careful HOW you dye the fiber so that you don't wet felt it together. You want to use as little agitation as possible.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Steampunk Needlefelted Hollow Brooch on: June 01, 2014 08:37:29 AM
Working on ideas for another class - this is just one of many variations that I have done. I rather liked the contrast of the metal gears with the fiber.

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Calvin and Hobbes on: May 17, 2014 04:57:07 AM
Fun stuff!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Nature Inspired Mobile on: May 14, 2014 05:06:04 AM
What a great project!!! What a special thing to make for your son!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Guardian Fox on: May 13, 2014 04:04:56 AM
He's terrific!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Good luck in the contest!!! =^..^=
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Hedgehog on: May 10, 2014 05:18:32 AM
Thanks!!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

The spikes were made from Shetland fiber which has a short staple and a very fine crimp. Basically I separated enough fiber for each spike - needled the tips together and then rolled the fiber between finger and palm*. Even with its short staple, I still trimmed the fiber to appropriate length for this hedgehog. Time consuming, but effective. The resulting spikes were needled into the body alternating between the light and dark colors and working from the tail towards the head.

*I may have used a drop of water on my palm when rolling the spikes - I don't recall, but that certainly wouldn't hurt and might have assisted in making their shape more stable. 
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to do cobblestone type effect help? on: May 06, 2014 08:27:14 AM
Had some time to check out the links you provided!! Interesting stuff!! Their templates/resists were very square, but you could make one up that has irregular shapes just as easily. =^..^=
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to do cobblestone type effect help? on: May 06, 2014 06:46:27 AM
Excellent!! Glad you were finally able to find some tutorials!! Cracked mud - yes that really fits that first photo!!

Thanks for sharing the links too!! I'll check them over later!! Gradually I am doing more wet felting so always glad to come upon useful instructions!! =^..^=

Looking forward to your posting your own creation when you've had a chance to make it!!  Cheesy Cheesy
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