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How To Wet Felt A Ball With Wool Roving – Basic shapes in wet felting

How To Wet Felt A Ball With Wool Roving – Basic shapes in wet felting

This video is the 4th one of the
7 part video series on the basic shapes in wet felting. And this is what you’re going to learn: the step-by-step process to make a ball with
wool tops, how to correctly cut a wool top, how to get really thin wool layers for good results, how to know the final size of the ball after shrinkage, how much more water and soap to use, what’s the “bounce test”. So stay tuned! Supplies and equipment. In case you haven’t seen the first videos, this is what you’re going to need: plastic to cover your work surface, bubble wrap, a wool top (around 10 grams), soap (I’ll be using laundry bar soap; you can use whatever soap works for you), water and a towel. And here’s our wool top. It’s better to work with a small piece of the top so you’ll need to cut it. You never cut wool with scissors. This would leave you with an even cut which would make it more difficult to
work with. This is how you cut it instead: hold the wool with both hands and keep
them apart approximately 20 cm. Now pull gently but firmly. Now you separate a small tuft and make a knot. This will be the core of your ball, around which you’ll be adding
more wool. Take another tuft and hold it with both hands. Slowly and gently pull them apart, so that your wool tuft becomes thinner and fluffier. This is very important. If you do this with your wool, it’ll be layered very thinly, so this guarantees that you get a good quality felt and a
nice-looking surface. Be sure to have really dry hand at all times. Otherwise the wool will stick to your hands like this and make working harder 🙂 Add it to your ball and be sure to alternate the directions like when you’re winding a yarn ball. Keep the tuft flat to get good results. Prepare more wool and add it to the ball until you’re satisfied with the size. Wool shrinks when felted, So how do you know you have the right
size? You squeeze the ball between 2 fingers like this. This gives you the
approximate final size of the felted ball after shrinkage. And in comes the soap. This is how I do it. I get my hands slightly wet and soapy. Don’t use too much water here, if you
don’t wanna make your life difficult. Start gently rolling the ball between your
hands. If it’s still too dry, add more water and soap. The amount of water and soap should just be enough to avoid the wool from sticking onto your hands. Roll the ball
on the bubble wrap to quicken the process and keep adding water and soap, if you feel the ball’s too dry. Just make sure you don’t soak it. Alternate the movement between your hands and on the bubble wrap. If at any point you feel there’s too much water, just
squeeze it out. When the felting process is more advanced, you can start pressing harder. The ball won’t fall apart anymore. Now and again squeeze it to see if it’s still too soft. You decide how much you wanna felt it. I
like to make my items really resistant, so I’ll go on. Have you noticed that
there’s never water all over the place? You really don’t need much water or soap to felt. On the contrary, too much water or soap can slow down the felting process. I like to do the bounce test. Throw the
ball on the table. If it bounces, it’s ready. Remember how big the ball became when we squeezed it at the beginning? That’s how big it is now. Et voilá! It’s ready. Now you just have to rinse. Here are some ideas for fun projects with felt balls. How are you planning to apply what
you’ve learned? Please share on the comments below. In the next video you’ll see the difference of making a ball with wool batts. Until then, don’t forget to
subscribe and I’ll see you soon!

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