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Topic: Fun with drum carding! Alternative sparkle fibers? Art batt add-ins?  (Read 1370 times)
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« on: August 02, 2011 10:45:34 AM »

I just ran across a link to someone who made some recycled "angelina" from scraps of sparkly lame fabric. I think I may still have some scraps of this type of fabric from making Halloween costumes. Have any of you ever tried something like this, and did you like the results? I have a new (to me) Fricke drum carder and I am dying to find things to add to the wool to make art batts. I am broke right now, and we stretched our budget when we found the drum carder for $100.00 on Craigslist. Can't beat that price!  So, I won't have money for embellishments for a while.

And on the same tangent, what weird things do you card into your wool for fun?  Smiley

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http://bockfilz.blogspot.com/2009/03/recycling-making-your-own-angelina.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011 10:33:57 AM »

unfortunately I don`t have a drum carder, but that is a brilliant idea!  I will keep it in my back pocket for my future drum crading adventures Cheesy  And grats on finding one for so cheap! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 05:32:33 AM »

Thanks, Belladune. You can do rolags with add-ins, I think. Sandwich what you are adding between two thin layers of wool. If you don't have hand-cards or are worried about damaging them, maybe two big dog slickers would work.
I found an ugly 1990's yuppie blouse that is made of a shiny polyester. It looks silky and shreds easily. I tore it into 3 inch squares, so all my fibers will have the same staple length. Shredded this little bit in a few minutes. It's time-consuming, but if you are re-using closet clutter or tiny fabric scraps, the price is right. I can't afford to buy firestar right now. Gonna check my closet and my fabric stash for more things that will have a firestar-like gleam.Smiley


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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 06:37:21 AM »

the idea to cut it into 3'' squares is clever.  Looks great, and will add awesome shine.  Great way to re use too!
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012 06:45:15 PM »

Bumping up this thread because I found a t-shirt at the thrift shop today for 25 cents that is shiny and silky with metallic thread in it. I cut it into approx. 2 inch strips length-wise and shredded it. Once you get started, it unravels like a running nylon stocking. The resulting fiber is very springy and shiny and soft. When I'm ready to start drum-carding again, I think this stuff will work really well as an add-in. It's a whole lot quicker than pulling threads off the side of a piece of fabric. Something else fun to try! Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2012 07:57:29 PM »

oooh! that's going to be a fun add in!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012 11:54:07 AM »

I just carded a batt with it, and this is what I got!  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012 02:18:05 PM »

yum! love that!
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012 01:12:17 PM »

i love the color of that. reminds me of a pretty sunset. 
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