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21  Re: Vessel Tutorial (Work in progress) / April Feltalong in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 21, 2006 10:03:22 AM
How are we doing so far?? Everything make sense? I hope so... Here goes another step in this process:

Wetting and the first stages of felting the Vessel

Pic.1- I am using a certain un-named bottle filled with hot water and dish soap. (my water isnt yellow- lol- that's the dishsoap)
Pic. 2- note holes in lid. I used a needle over a flame to poke holes through the lid. easy-peasy.
Pic. 3- Squeeze water onto your tied up balloon/hose project, and while doing so- gently squeeze the surface of the fibres down into the balloon (Pic. 4 & 5) The fibres are initially water resistant, and act more like a sponge. I find squeezing or pressing the fibres down helps to aborb the water faster- as well as push out all air bubbles.
Pic. 6- what you want to see is foam coming up through the pantyhose. no foam? add more soap to your mixture and keep dousing in water. Keep your water warm by throwing the bottle into the microwave for a minute or so.
Pic. 7 & 8- Once the surface is completely foamy and saturated with your warm water and soap mixture, begin to gently rub the entire surface. Remember to rub everywhere, including the opening and the where the knots are tied. 

Important After rubbing entire surface, wipe away foam on balloon (Pic. 1) and inspect closely..
What you want to see is fibres poking through the hose. (Pic. 2)
This is when you want to stop and gently peel off the hose.(Pic. 1 Below)

Pic. 1-During this stage of the felting process- an initial skin forms on the surface of the fibres- **The fibres can still shift! So be careful removing the hose, as the fibres have slightly felted to it.
This is the stage where you do extra smoothing and adjusting of your fibres before continuing the process. As in all wet felting.
Pics. 2-4- The mouth of the vessel needs some adjusting, as it is most likely the spot where most shifting happens. you dont have to do this step but it does make things easier later on.. you can just as easily trim the opening with scissors when it is dry, I prefer the slight control here. Fan out the wet fibres as much as possible with your fingertips and spread out, I folded the fibres back onto the vessel, to make the opening thicker (Pic. 3) Smoothing and flattening all around.

**the balloon has more than likely cooled off by now. Ah-ha! this is where the water in the balloon comes in handy.
Gently put your vessel back into the panyhose- tied end of the balloon poking out of the opening like before- and re-wet with a little more water- but don't soak it.
Now- pop the whole thing into the microwave and nuke it for a minute. Not too long! ~ just a minute to warm the water inside the balloon!~ Once its nice and steamy its time to bounce, plop and squish....
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22  Re: Vessel Tutorial (Work in progress) / April Feltalong in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 20, 2006 02:42:31 PM
I tried this once already today and lost it all! arg! so lets try this one more time.

First Layer- Pictures 1-6
So you have everything you need, music blaring- lets go. The balloon is ready and covered in a thin layer of soap and water (dish soap works best) The first layer of fibres go from the top to the bottom- in a vertical direction.(pic. 1)  Fluff out your roving until it is thin and even and lay down onto balloon- making sure the fibres meet close to the base (pic. 2) Be sure to fill all gaps seen with this layer until no balloon shows through (pic. 5 &6)
The Second Layer- Pictures 7 &8
This is in the opposite direction - horizontally. Wind the roving thinly yet evenly around the mold until you get to the bottom.
The Third & Forth Layers- Pictures 9 &10
You can choose to use two or 3 (or more) different colours for each layer- This is where experimenting with all sorts of different tones, fibres, additions, etc. come in handy. Play around and see what turns out. I chose a contrasting colour that worked really well. Keep in mind that the fibres will mesh together and blend the colours.

Lay the next fibre layers in alternate directions as in previous steps.
Forth layer not shown in picture 
Now this next step is where you need that extra set of friendly hands... and your pantyhose.  Smiley
**Note that there are only 3 hands in the photo- one was missing for camera work.  Wink
Stretch the pantyhose as wide as you can and gently pull over your fibre covered balloon. Try to get the whole thing to sit as far inside the hose as possible. This is probably the most tedious job of all. once you are finished stand back, thank your friend and admire your work so far.
Good job.  Grin

Picture 1 is what you should be admiring.
Picture 2 turn whole thing upsidedown,
Picture 3 pull stocking/panyhose taught
Picture 4 secure well with balloon tie outside of pantyhose hole.
Picture 5 tie balloon and pantyhose together tightly with elastic band
Tune in again soon for my next post on Felting and fulling the fibres.
Thanks for watching .  Grin
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23  Tutorial: Wet-Felt Vessel in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 17, 2006 11:06:11 AM
Here's the beginning of the Wet Felting Vessel Tutorial-
I have to stagger the pics and the posts, so bear with me here- there's TONS of info-
This project is also something that can be done over a few days- so i am going to cut up the tute for that reason.  Plus- I'll probably need a few days to sort it out.
If I forget anything along the way please feel free to let me know!  Smiley In the meantime- familiarize yourself with the 'Mongolian Wet felting tutorial' https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56350.0
for basic technique and such- This could be a more intermediate project depending on your skills. but i promise i will try my best to make it easy.

let's start everyone with materials and supplies-

And prepping your Balloon as a mold-

The container on the far right is the container i used instead of the glass or jar on the top picture-
This is important. you need something shallow and wide enough to comfortably sit your filled ballon in while doing other things (see picture below)
 try out a few things and see what works for you. The metal bowl pictured was bought in a 2-pack at the dollar store for ....a dollar.   Grin
It will wobble no matter what..especially with soap on it...so be careful here. the extra air helps it from totally exploding if it bounces away on you. hopefully. this is for one of those good humoured days.  Wink

When you get to the step of laying the fibres you'll cover the whole thing in a thin layer of soap and water. This helps the fibres stick. BUT- Also more of a challenge if the ballon decides to make a run for it across your table... Gentle touches help here.... dont bounce around and get all excited quite yet. that will come soon enough....  Smiley

Your pantyhose! Cut the legs off and tie. Save the pantyhose legs for another felt project.  Wink

***THREE more things I remembered you DEFINITELY need for this project:
1. An extra set of hands. Preferably attached to a body -  Smiley This should probably be a friend or someone you at least like... lol. after you've used their hands- feel free to tell 'em to get lost.  Wink
2. ***Good music. Something uppity- to keep you movin' & shakin' ...May I suggest some good n' proper rockn'roll..?
3. A microwave to keep things consistently warm. NOT crucial! You can still do this project without it. Just keep running the hot water on your taps.  Wink
More below.  Smiley Thank you beautiful mods for moving this.
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24  Re: Vessel in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: March 10, 2006 07:55:26 AM
Thanks everyone- Grin
oops! Yea- there was supposed to be a vote wasn't there?Huh So Sorry about that!!  Undecided
Should I change the title of this post to something to do with the april feltalong? Or?
Just give me the professional moderator advice here that i am SO lacking!-  Wink

Smoothness- ah yes! Just discovered the wonders of the steam iron! HA! (i'm sure teamwang will have something to say about that  Wink )
Finished a few more smaller ones- Didn't come out as nice, but I am trying to meditate on what they need for additive decoration (really just to cover up the small botches..)

here they are:
blue and pink/green inside

white and teal- with brownish 'veins' inside - love how it worked out..

All of them together in a happy little family. The smallest red one is totally botched and will become a mega needle felting project.  Smiley

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25  April Feltalong (#5) Gallery- VESSELS! :) in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: March 08, 2006 11:49:22 AM
This is the vessel i made whilst working on a 'make a vessel' tutorial for (-perhaps?-) April's Feltalong.. it's supposed to be wet felting that month, and JaneDoe mentioned it to me in another thread somewhere... so I made a vessel, and took some pics...
now i have over 60 photos to go thru and edit...  Shocked ha! ha! its more work than i thought..  Grin
anyways- here it is..

i think it worked out WAY better than i expected too.
hope you like it as much as i do.  Smiley
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26  Re: Feltalong #4 Needle Felting Flat Work, patches, appliques, pictures in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 08, 2006 11:43:03 AM
Thought i would post an update of what i've got so far on this peacock patch... Worked on it quite a bit in the last 2 nights.  Smiley

i think it's still pretty rough... lol. but i am freehanding, so that's my excuse.. i am building up, filling in and making it make more sense to the eye... we'll see how much further i can take this.. I may not end up  putting it on a skirt... but it might need a new home... Huh dunno.
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27  Re: Feltalong #4 Needle Felting Flat Work, patches, appliques, pictures in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 05, 2006 10:11:45 AM

i am using wool yarn to freehand the basic outline, adding strips of roving to fill it in..
How do you think this will handle under hand-washing when finished?
Like I said - if it gets finished, I want to sew it onto a wool skirt i got at the thrift store for 3 bux!!!
 Grin heehee- i love thrifty fashion! its the only kind i can get my hands on! HA!
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28  Re: Tree swap crafts gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lexis on: March 02, 2006 01:13:44 PM

TRY # 2 hope this works!!!!!!!

received from lexis    big box
holy mac   
super stuff
too great for words!!!!!

in lexis's words

***"Tree branch-art cushion-a combination of wetfelting,needle felting&stitching-wool,yarn,kid mohair,felt&embroidery thread...."
NO pets will ever sit on this cushion

***"Frameable art!"--(this was on my wish list) she drew my Russian black olive tree x2--- beautiful!!!!!!!

***"Celtic Ogham Fortune Telling Set-thought you could have fun...since they 're homemade they'll be extra charged with good vibes..."

***** a cute el arbol magnet
THANK you lexis

I do the quick to wrap & label forget to take pictures thing too!!!!!

So glad you got it and like it!!
That pillow was TOTALLY an experiment! I love how comfy it is.  Grin
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29  Re: Tree swap crafts gallery! in The Swap Gallery by lexis on: February 21, 2006 10:06:32 AM
I got the greatest tree-themed package from moilulu yesterday!  Grin
Thank you moilulu! you are the best!
I got a knitted (!) tree purse in purple (one of my fave colours!!)
a beautiful collaged notebook (for my many lists and things i want/need)
and a set of adorable leaf magnets!!
PLUS!! A gorgeous stitching of a tree with 2 blackbirds! I love birds in trees!!!
Thanks so much moilulu- you've outdone yourself!


and the beautiful stitching-MUST iron out the travel wrinkles and place it somewhere really special.  Smiley

HURRAH! happy me! I wish I could do more tree swapping....and i'm really anxious for moilulu to get her package ASAP!!!!!
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30  Re: I <3 felt swap mach II in The Swap Gallery by lexis on: February 16, 2006 09:49:52 AM
Blue has run to his vehicle the 'felted vessel2006' for tickle backup and protection from offending pink monsters..
Pinkie is in trouble.........
Blue is now protected, and ready for DOUBLE ATTACK with feathers in one hand and giant kumquat in the other, armed-to-squirt..
whattya gonna do pinkie?? eh? huh? WHatyya gonna do??? HMMmmmmm?Huh??
Give it up-!! you arent prepared for Blue's power!!!  Grin
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