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« on: May 01, 2008 12:55:42 AM »

I've had the metal bead bases for a while now and couldn't decide what to do with them.  Here's what I came up with:


You'll need the following items:

Foam platform
A few colors of wool roving
Various sized felting needles, including a multi-needle tool
Long tweezers
Metal cabochon bead back
Seed beads
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
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Pull a few fibers at a time from each color and lay them over each other. Alternate colors and shift down so the ends of the staples overlap. Coil roving fibers around each other, and smooth ends around edges.


Using your tweezers to hold the felt, begin needle felting the disk of roving slowly, flipping the circle over every so often.  At this point, use your multi-needle tool until the surface begins to get dense and semi-smooth.  At this point, switch to your single size 38 needle and begin to compact in the edges.


Once the disk is the right shape to sit inside the rope rim of the backing, it's time to start focusing on our finished shape. Check your sizing and shaping of your edges and smooth any large or uneven areas to their final size.


Now it's time to give our felt disk the look of an actual cabochon by rounding our top corners into the felt. Slowly needle the edge into a graduating dome, working evenly and smoothly all the way around. Make sure to not distort your shape or your edges.  Once this is done, work a little crevice into the underside of the cabochon. This concave underside will give us a place to put our glue, as well as hide threads from embroidery.


Decorate rounded side of bead with twisted roving, beads, and embroidery, tucking threads and roving edges into concave area on underside.  Place a small amount of hot glue in crevice, and press firmly to metal bead back.


There you have it!  I've got a great project completed with these beads, I'll be putting up the tutorial for that at some point soon as well.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask, or visit the more in-depth version of the tutorial at http://www.theartofmegan.com/needle_felted_bead_cabochon_tutorial.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you make any, let me see them!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008 02:50:26 AM »

Those are great! Love this idea. Must have a go once some time pops up.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008 06:14:29 AM »

wow! Thanks so much for this tutorial -- great photos and instructions, and those felted cabochons are beautiful!

This looks like so much fun. Is it a good project for beginners? It seems pretty straightforward, but then it's probably pretty easy to screw up totally. Wink

Any idea where to get bead bases like that?
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008 08:56:03 AM »

I get my bases at www.firemountaingems.com, where I get the majority of my findings.

This is definitely a beginner-level project.  The best part about it is if you don't like the bead that's shaping up and you decide to start over, you're not wasting much time, effort, or wool.  I made a few too thick to start off so they ended up the same thickness as the others before I even got them condensed down all the way.  They went into my "scrappy felt goodness" bag for using at a later time.
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