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« on: February 22, 2007 08:59:27 AM »

So this mornign I see this picture

http://www.yaelmer.com/images/head%20bag.jpg

Only to find out that it is not commercially available.  Cry The only details I have is that it is "molded felt". I know nothing of crafting with felt but I was hoping someone here might ahve an idea of how something like that can be accomplished. I do own an anatomical model so I have a shape that I could work with ... but I am clueless as to how you can mold hte felt into a given shape.

Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007 09:43:26 AM »

Well, you could use a fabric stiffener, but I'm not sure how well it would hold up to use as a purse.  Try looking up hat-making techniques.  That's what a cowboy hat is, after all... stiff-molded felt.  Here's a link that includes brief instructions on how to Stetsons are made:

http://www.answers.com/topic/stetson-hat

Maybe that will give you an idea of at least the types of questions you want to ask. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007 11:21:41 AM »

I'd love to see the finished product if you make one! That's just fantastic.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007 01:04:04 PM »

creepy, I love it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007 02:16:59 PM »

Would there be a way to put in some fusible interfacing after the shape was completed? I don't know much about felting, but it seems like once you were done felting the face, you could cut some pieces of interfacing and iron them in (carefully)...but would the heat from the iron cause the wool to shrink? Hmmmm...

And, if you put a lining on the inside (a nice stiff material), it wouldn't beat it up as much on the inside...

Now I want to see someone make one!
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007 02:51:14 PM »

O my gosh...I have a glass head statue thing that I could use as a mold!..*runs off to buy heavy duty fabric stiffener and felt*...
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2007 05:46:54 PM »

I saw a demonstration on felt hat molding ages ago. They steamed the felt and stretched it over a mold (they talk about it in the stetson link above). I don't know how well it keeps its form over time, but DUDE that looks cool! I can't wait to see your results!
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007 07:53:47 PM »

haha! My husband just saw this and said it's a "purse-on!"
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2007 06:20:10 AM »

Just bumped into this today - more molded felt - this person seems to have used glue to set the shape http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996586683@N01/sets/72157594338107076/
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2007 09:31:54 AM »

wow- Grace that flower is SO COOL!!!  Grin
ANd that face bag is even cooler. wow. too many things to comment on.  Grin

I would definitely try a version of felt with watered down white glue to see if it works...
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