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Topic: Craft my pet swap (sign up 8/7/10-8/27/10, send out 9/27/10)  (Read 24645 times)
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« Reply #60 on: August 16, 2010 09:06:07 AM »

Just a random note- I've heard people who needle felt with animal hair say that it's REALLY difficult to felt with the hair alone... Most mix the hair with similarly colored fiber. That way you get the texture and stay-ability of the fiber, but the personal nature of the fur. Smiley

That it is.   If it's longer it can be blended with other fibers, but if it's super short, you can pretty much forget it. You have hard little hairs poking out everywhere and they are impossible to smooth down.  I do have a few bags of samoyed that I want to felt with, it's more alpaca-like so I think it would felt well on it's own.  Usually when people want me to include pet hair in sculptures I blend it with wool and use it as the base form, then add fur detail with wool or alpaca.  However, something like poodle hair is worth the annoyance of trying to felt it, because it's hard to match up both and color and curl when trying to find a similar wool.

I just wanted to share that I saw this Catopus today on here and thought it was awesome! I'd love one of my cat. Cheesy

I also would love a catopus!
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« Reply #61 on: August 16, 2010 03:58:20 PM »

Long or short there's no way I know of that you can felt dog hair on its own.  Wool is "feltable" because of the structure of the fiber - dog hair doesn't have the same roughness that would make it hold together.  Of course adding to the wool is an option!
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« Reply #62 on: August 16, 2010 05:18:58 PM »

Cat hair felts!  Just holding a handful while I brush Meowy cat, and it felts into a little ball.

In case anyone wants to needlefelt their kitty's hair Smiley
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« Reply #63 on: August 16, 2010 06:48:11 PM »

My Dad would have to check it out, but I'm SOOOO in!!!
He doesn't want me getting into anything Dangerous, so I may or may not be able to join!
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I WANNA DO A PERSONAL SWAP!!!!:
Degrassi The Boiling Point Swap: I WOULD LOVE A ELI, ZANE, ADAM, CLAIRE, OR SAV DOLL!!!!
Repo! : Zydrate Syringe, please?
FLUFFEH PLUSHEH!!
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« Reply #64 on: August 16, 2010 07:21:41 PM »

Long or short there's no way I know of that you can felt dog hair on its own.  Wool is "feltable" because of the structure of the fiber - dog hair doesn't have the same roughness that would make it hold together.  Of course adding to the wool is an option!

I think you might be thinking of wet felting... you can needlefelt just about anything with enough determination, I've even felted human hair (dreadlock repair) although it is a pain.  Anyway, here is a samoyed bead I just made:
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« Reply #65 on: August 16, 2010 07:37:21 PM »

if doghair can felt itself ON the dog, then it can be felted on purpose. but then some dogs are woollier than others. i know for a fact that bouvier wool can felt spontaneously, though.
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« Reply #66 on: August 16, 2010 10:04:07 PM »

haha - okay- so I guess I'm referring to true felting as opposed to "matting" (which we've all more than likely had to deal with) Here's a website I found that gives an explaination.  Needle felting allows for a lot of detail that I don't think you'd get with a mat. Not trying to stir things up around here - its just interesting stuff.....
http://www.straw.com/cpy/wisdom/why_wool_felts.html
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« Reply #67 on: August 19, 2010 03:47:16 PM »

 Shocked holy crapzoly... I almost forgot about this swap....how horrid, but school is over with for 2 weeks, and I can focus on the important stuff now  Wink . I've been playing k9 top model with my pooches Grin . They're totally annoyed.

This is kind of a weird question, but are plants considered pets? I have a Venus Fly Trap and his name is Charles Darwin.
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« Reply #68 on: August 19, 2010 03:49:27 PM »

I'd craft Charles Darwin for you Smiley
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« Reply #69 on: August 19, 2010 03:51:00 PM »

I'd craft Charles Darwin for you Smiley

As would I.
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