Here's a quick how-to for making Wet Felted Medallions which can be turned into beads by threading them onto eyepins...
Efco Superfine Merino Wool Tops
Bubble Wrap & Towel
Efco Filz-Fix Set
Hot & Cold Water
Scissors, Eyepins, Pliers & Wire Cutters
|1. Use the heel of your hand to pull off sections of wool |
fibre. Tease them out to spread the fibres and then
lay them horiztonally on a piece of bubble wrap
(bubble side up).
nb. One edge will form the outside of your medallion.
|2. Lay more sections of teased out wool fibre |
on top of the first layer of fibres at 90º (ie vertically).
|3. When you have a solid, thick layer of fibressoak them with the Filz-Fix solution. |
(2ml of Filz-Fix:100ml Hand Hot Water)
|4. Lay another piece of bubble wrap over the top and press |
down with your hands to push the liquid through the fibres.
(Do not rub or roll with a rolling pin
as this could start the felting process &
stop the fibres locking together later.)
|5. Lift off the bubble wrap and apply more |
Filz-Fix solution where necessary.
|7. Remove the bubble wrap and fold over one end |
of the mat of fibres to neaten it to a straight edge.
|8. Start rolling the fibres as tightly as possible.|
|9. Keep rolling until you have a sausage shape.|
|10. Wrap the fibre roll as tightly as possible |
in a piece of bubble wrap.
|11. Start massaging the roll, wringing and |
squeezing it in your hands.
Unroll the bubble wrap to check that the
fibres are beginning to felt. Reroll them in the
bubble wrap and massage again.
|12. Undo the bubble wrap and, provided the |
fibres have started to lock together,
gently roll them with your hand.
|13. By now the fibres should feel like a loose, floppy roll.|
Start rolling them between your hands applying pressure.
|14. When the roll of fibres starts to feel firmer |
place it in hot water. This will shock the fibres
into locking tighter together.
|15. Remove it from the hot water and roll between your hands,|
applying as much pressure as possible.
Continue dunking it in the hot water and rolling it in your
hands until the fibres form a firm, solid roll.
|16. Rinse the fibre roll in cold water to remove |
the last of the Filz-Fix solution.
Wrap the roll in a towel and squeeze
as much water out as possible.
(This will speed the drying process.)
|17. When dry, use sharp, heavy duty scissors |
to cut medallions from the roll.
|18. Use a needle to make a hole which you can |
then thread an eyepin through. Curl over the end with
jewellery pliers before trimming the excess.
|You can thread your felt medallions onto headpins to create unique earrings!|