December 4, 2008
"Needle And Wet Felted Jewelry"
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  I just taught a "NEEDLE AND WET FELTING JEWELRY CLASS".   In this class my students learned how to make felted jewelry.  First they rolled their fleece into the shape that they wanted and then with their felting needles they made sure the shape was firm and even.  Then they took their needle felted pieces and dipped them in a pan of warm soapy water and then rolled it in their hands and on and in between a bamboo mat. This process was repeated many times.  After their pieces were the way they liked them they rinsed them in hot water to felt it even more and get out the soap and then rinsed them again in cold water.  After that they let it soak for a short time in water mixed with white vinegar and then rinsed them again in clean cold water.  When that was finished they put their pieces in between a towel to get as much of the water out of it and then they shaped the pieces with their hands.
and Jerry
and Jerry
and June
and June
Preparation for a geode shows shrinkage
Jerry's felted pieces
Amanda's felted pieces
Amanda's needle and wet felted ring
June's felted pieces
For the long pieces they cut it with a sharp scissor to make a geode shape.

The next step will be to string their beads to make necklaces or bracelets and attach the felted pieces to a ring or earring part.