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« on: November 21, 2011 10:59:35 AM »

Hello,

I am still rather new to needle felting and would like to know if anyone has recommendations/suggestions on how to make a tiny curly tail for a needle felted pig. I am making some little flying pigs as Christmas ornaments. They are approximately 2-3" long, 1'' wide, and 1-2'' tall. I have made about 5 of them so far, but have not added tails. I am not sure how to make a tall small enough and skinny enough to fit the pigs.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011 03:16:17 PM »

would a spiral felted on be sufficient or do you want a sticky out tail?
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2011 03:41:47 PM »

would a spiral felted on be sufficient or do you want a sticky out tail?

Hi Antidigger  Smiley, I would prefer sticking out a little, but I may have to settle for something like a spiral.
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011 02:38:04 AM »

coloured jewellery wire? I know it's not soft and it would depend on who would end up owning it whether it was suitable, other wise you could try introducing a couple of strands of copper from something like a speaker cable: that might give fibre thin enough to be a tail enough stiffness to be curled.

But there's got to be some experienced felters out there with better ideas than mine....
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011 05:09:00 AM »

You could wet felt the tail.  Take a longish skinny chunk of roving, put some hot soapy water on it and roll it back and forth like you were making a snake. rinse it out.  Wrap it around a pen, or chopstick or what ever to get the size of curl you desire and let it dry.  Then you can needle felt it onto the pig.   Hope this helps!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2012 06:33:53 AM »

Yes, what Belladune said!!   Another tip-- spray a bit of starch on in while it is wet, that will help it really STAY curly.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012 06:40:44 AM »

spray starch!  yes, I never think of that sutff, but it's so handy for a lot of things!
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2012 05:43:48 AM »

One trick I use is watered down craft glue to "starch" small felted things.  I make snowman carrot noses by wrapping a small amount of fiber around a toothpick.  You could probably use this method and use the watered down glue to make a curl.  Also, when I have something I want to dry, I use a clothes pin to suspend it while drying.

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