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« on: March 25, 2011 04:07:33 PM »



Made with merino wool, wet felted over a balloon. I hope something will move into it this spring!
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011 04:19:58 PM »

Oh cool a pod birdhouse
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011 04:32:08 PM »

Wow, that's really cool! Awesome colors, too!
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011 04:32:40 PM »

That's so neat. Will it resist water? Will it drain if it gets wet inside? Did you put a hole in the bottom for drainage in case it does resist water and does collect some inside? I am very curious about this wool pod bird house, very curious indeed!
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011 05:24:27 PM »

I was surprised at how well it repelled water actually!
When I dumped water over the top it just ran off...and when I filled it with water through the hole it held the water with just a small dripping coming out the bottom...so it did need some holes for drainage put in the bottom. I think that's because I really felted it a lot and  fulled it quite a bit so it would shrink up and get thicker walls.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011 05:45:55 PM »

That's so frikken cool. I've been wanting to try wet felting with a balloon form and I've got a bit of roving stashed. Now I don't know whether to make a bowl or a pod birdhouse. I love this freaky thing so much though...
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011 06:34:35 PM »

Thanks!  Cheesy  The bird house took  less than 2 ounces of wool, so maybe you have enough roving to do both!  A bowl might be an easier thing to start with....but the pod is easy enough too.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011 06:40:04 PM »

That is so sweet!  I very much love it!
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2011 09:31:06 PM »

lucky birds...what a lovely house they'll have to live in Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2011 12:08:32 AM »

That is super cool, never have I wanted to learn to felt more than now.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2011 01:54:57 AM »

Too cute!!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2011 03:44:53 AM »

Very kewl!!!!

How did you add the drainage for the bottom? Did you cut holes or what?
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2011 08:00:33 AM »

I just used the point of a pair of scissors to get the drainage holes started and then a metal knitting needle to stretch them larger. I can't imagine it getting too wet inside with how well the water rolls off the top, but I did wonder if lanolizing it would be a good idea. I'd love to hear if anyone knows if that would deter birds.
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2011 11:01:43 AM »

How do you get it to keep its shape??

I really don't know about the lanolin. I know that there are some treatments for birds that do include lanolin but on the other hand you'd think that an animal based product might deter them from using the nest. If you decide to test this out, you could let us know if birds still used the birdhouse! Smiley

Wonder if you could needle felt on a roof for over the hole to help prevent water getting into the bird house?

The thing that confuses me about this is felted wool seems to both repel and absorb water - those Shamwow and similar cloths are just wool felt. You have to soak such cloths before using them - so would that mean that initially the birdhouse would repel water but then it would start absorbing it?
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2011 01:20:27 PM »

It's felted to a hard felt, thick walled and fulled well so it will definitely keep it's shape.  That's good to know about lanolin being used in bird treatments. I will try lanolizing one and leaving one plain and see what happens. I guess I could try a felted leaf as an overhang for the opening if water seems to get in.  I'm not too worried about water soaking this fully, as stream of water does just roll off of it. If I soaked it under water in the sink  it would definitely get soaked through....but this will hang in a sheltered area under some trees and just be subject to rain drops.  It will be dryer than a nest just under leaves in a tree anyway.
I guess I will see if anything moves in!
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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2011 01:39:46 PM »

Thanks for answering all my questions!! I've only done a very little wet felting so while I know the basics, I still have much to learn! Wink

I think these are so lovely and fun!! I hope the birds will love them!!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2011 01:58:38 PM »

I wonder, how do birds keep the nests they build dry anyhow? This has to be at least as waterproof as one of those...
I am too busy for this now but will have to try it when I find that roving and set it aside for next spring. It's so sweet, I just love it.
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2011 03:35:54 PM »

I love this! It is such a great shape! I saw it and wondered, hmmm... If that was done with one of those giant balloons I wonder if you could make a cat house? Do you think that's too crazy?
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2011 06:06:08 PM »

I think a cat house would be awesome! I'm not sure if a big balloon would be big enough as the piece ends up almost half the size you start with once it is all felted. But you could make it just using a flat resist...I have made slippers and hats just using a flat resist. The way you rub the wool once you  take the resist out makes it felt into a more three dimensional piece. I just googled felted cat bed and found this one on etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61378435/wonderful-felted-catcave
 I love it!  You could really make it look like anything...I think I have to make a cat house  for my friend's cat now...thanks for the idea! Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2011 05:44:25 AM »

Felted cat house      - that's neat and I love all the stuff sticking out of the top too!!
Would those be added after the basic pod has been partially felted??

Maybe if you started with a weather balloon?? Those are huge!!

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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2011 06:51:00 AM »

This is adorable!  I'm going to be shearing my sheep soon and wanted to try felting.  Also need some bird houses!  I wonder if felting around a ball would work, and then cutting it off and sewing back together...
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« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2011 07:59:15 AM »

Yes, that would work! I was thinking that I would eventually have to cut mine open (if they get used) to clean them out and see if they could be reused for the next year. I was thinking of cutting a flap in the rear top and then sewing on elastic loops and buttons to get it back together ( so I could get in easily again if needed).

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« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2011 08:41:02 AM »

This is just a lovely idea!
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« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2011 10:09:53 AM »

I made a wire sculpture around a ball and when I was through I just deflated the ball to get it out.
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« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2011 11:39:53 AM »

O yeah! That's a good idea....I have one of those gertie balls to make hats and vases on. It deflates easily and can be re-inflated with a straw. I wonder if they make large ones?
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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2011 12:52:31 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2011 02:03:59 PM »

whether the birds like it or not, it's an awesome take on wet felting over a balloon!  Grin

i wouldn't recommend trying to make something as large as a cat bed using a balloon. probably your best bet would be to flat felt pieces (like dragonflyducky said) leaving a bit of loose roving on the ends of each piece and then felt those together (maybe using the foam resist at this point to mold it into shape). you'd come out with a seamless piece which would still look like a "pod".

there's great tutorials here on the felting board for a wet felted vessel using the balloon technique and for other wet felting processes! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140465.0
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I might need to make one of these for my Mother-In-Law. She loves birdhouses. Thanks for the awesome idea!
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I bet it is cozy in there =) What a unique idea!
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