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Topic: My first experiments in wet felting - a rose and some beads.  (Read 1652 times)
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krissykat
« on: September 09, 2007 10:26:03 PM »

I kind of like the beads, but they got squished up a little when I strung them together to make the necklace. I noticed that the black dye was running as I was felting and I was worried about the green. but all it did was tone it down a bit.

A "Don't Do What Donnie Don't Does" moment: I sharpened the headpins for the earrings by cutting them on an angle so that they would pierce the beads more easily. One of them slipped and I wound up with about a 3/4" deep puncture wound in my finger. *sigh*   

The flower... I think it's safe to say that this experiment failed.  Wink  Any ideas as to why it looks like it's been squished? I'm not sure what I did wrong.

The spiral in the middle is one piece, then there are 3 petals around it. They were all wet felted then needle felted together. The 2 largest outside petals I needle felted and added on later to try to improve it.
I like the idea so I'm definitely going to try this again, but it will be needle felted. I think I'll make the middle spiral smaller and make more separate petals.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007 11:30:44 PM »

One of them slipped and I wound up with about a 3/4" deep puncture wound in my finger.

dang! Sorry to hear about your wounds

but I don't think your rose is a failure
I quite like it!

I'd wear it as a pin or in my hair
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007 11:48:07 PM »

Your swirly felt jewelry looks amazing. It would go with any kind of clothing; casual because it's not covered in rhinestones or anything, and formal because designer jewelry is just cool. (I'm also partial to neon green and black 'alien colors'.) You make me want to learn how to felt (and this rocks).

How did you get the headpins to not slip out of the earrings?
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2007 04:10:48 AM »

One of them slipped and I wound up with about a 3/4" deep puncture wound in my finger.

dang! Sorry to hear about your wounds

but I don't think your rose is a failure
I quite like it!

I'd wear it as a pin or in my hair
Thanks. It was a learning experience in many different ways. lol  "Don't make sharp things sharper" should be obvious, but apparently not for me. The flower's not so bad, it just didn't turn out like I had pictured it. I always find that disappointing. You've probably heard me say that before, though.  Roll Eyes

Your swirly felt jewelry looks amazing. It would go with any kind of clothing; casual because it's not covered in rhinestones or anything, and formal because designer jewelry is just cool. (I'm also partial to neon green and black 'alien colors'.) You make me want to learn how to felt (and this rocks).

How did you get the headpins to not slip out of the earrings?
Thanks so much. Felting is so much fun. I usually warn people that it's totally addictive, though.  Wink  The beads are felted tightly enough that they don't seem to want to slip off at all.


I wanted to make a bracelet too, but I was a couple of beads short so I decided to make some more. As I was layering the roving, I thought I had used too much green. You can imagine my surprise when I cut them and discovered ....

much less green than the first lot. It's like an adventure.  Grin They're actually the same colour, it's just bad lighting. I like the weird lopsided swirls. And my bracelet on the right. (with obligatory eyeball.)
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2007 12:56:35 PM »

I love this swirly necklace, wanna explain to a novice how you did it. I have used felt before and posted some things in this area of craftster but cant quite work out how you did what you errrrm did.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2007 02:46:39 PM »

Here's a tutorial that craftster Lietuvaite wrote on this particular technique
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129662.0
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2007 07:50:28 PM »

Thanks Jane. I hadn't seen that tutorial before, but it's perfect. Much better than I could ever explain it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2007 09:17:57 PM »

The necklace is lovely!  I think that the squished beads add character to the piece, and I like it.
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2007 09:35:02 PM »

Love those beads! Awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2007 10:44:27 PM »

Thanks Jane. I hadn't seen that tutorial before, but it's perfect. Much better than I could ever explain it.

Hey no problem  Smiley

I put up this post in the discussions and questions page
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140465.0
that compliles all the tutorials craftsters have written on felting - both wet and dry
Have a leaf through them. There's quite a variety!
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