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11  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Spiked Necklace - needle & wet felting on: August 27, 2014 01:15:06 PM
Have been working on this (and variations) this past week.

Used very "tribal" colors for this particular necklace, but have been doing experiments with a lot of different color combinations. Not certain that I will spend the time to make enough for necklaces of all the variations, but probably will do at least one more.
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: felted soap on: August 07, 2014 08:04:56 AM
Nice!!!  =^..^=

After the soap is all gone, if it hasn't felted into one piece, you could probably turn it into a coin purse!!
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Frankie - Russian Blue on: August 07, 2014 08:03:08 AM
Thanks you very much!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

It was an interesting project, not just because of the tummy wrinkles, but because I had to capture the sort of anxious look that Frankie often has. I do like those tummy wrinkles!!! LOL!!!
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: More dragons...or dinosaurs...not sure what is that thing! :D on: August 07, 2014 07:59:45 AM
Or an ostrich dragon?? Very cute!!! Love the little egg home too!!! =^..^=
15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Bluebird on Nest Hollow Brooch on: August 05, 2014 01:29:31 PM
I've been doing a lot of Hollow Brooches - this is one I finished this morning.

16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: A baby dragon on: August 05, 2014 01:28:03 PM
Cute!! =^..^=
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Frankie - Russian Blue on: July 27, 2014 09:07:27 AM

A cat portrait of Frankie who suffers bouts of baldness now and then. Doing his tummy wrinkles was fun!!! =^..^=

He's about 9" from toe to ear.
18  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!!!

19  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!
20  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.
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