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Topic: Nuno Felting on Metal Mesh?  (Read 1116 times)
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« on: February 21, 2009 05:21:37 AM »

Has anyone wet felted on a metal mesh?
If so did it work? Was it stiff and sculptable?
Is it not worth the testing and better to create a different support stystem?

I am trying to create a cavern for my specimens. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283393.0  It will need to be large like at lest 2 ft - 3ft high in the center. I planed on having stalagmite structures with wire in the center of the felt to help support.

I would like to keep some open nuno felt areas for light to bleed into the space.
Any thoughts or input will be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009 10:34:44 PM »

I haven't tried anything like that, but I think it would work. You could maybe sculpt the metal first, then felt over that in sections.  The only thing I can think of that might be difficult would be if you are adding a thin layer of felt, that using your hands to felt it might hurt with the mesh - maybe you could use a power sander instead (those random orbital ones, I have read that some people use them to felt large pieces).

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009 04:30:11 PM »

maybe you could use a power sander instead (those random orbital ones, I have read that some people use them to felt large pieces).

I've used the one that goes back and forth super fast, but not an orbital one.
I'd be worried about the wool just swooshing around in a circle!
But yep, that could help.

I tried "nuno felting" a rubber mesh into felt using my sander.... to little effect.
I put it down to the fact that unlike fabric, the rubber couldn't shrink with the fabric. I have a feeling that you'll have the same problems with wire mesh, but the holes might be bigger and help to fix your problem.
Hmm, or if you needle felted it slightly before wet felting it might give it enough grip.
If you do try it, let us know!

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