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This is a video tutorial, detailing how to make a wet felted wool curl. This is a great element that can be added to jewelry or other decorative stuff. It is a really useful thing to know how to make, because they can add a much needed organic feel to a design that is starting to feel too static. I love them and thought that I would share.
 
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Step 1: Get your materials together

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Here is what you will need for this simple wet felting project:

Wool roving
A pipe cleaner
A felting surface (like ribbed shelf liner)
Soap
Really hot water
bamboo skewer

Step 2: Wind up the wool

The first step is that you have to get the wool roving onto the pipe cleaner core, in a way that facilitates felting it.



Step 3: Wet felting step

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Now you are going to actually do the wet felting...get your soapy hot water ready!

The microscope photo is of a single wool fiber. I wanted you to be able to see what is going on when you dunk that wool in the hot soapy water. See those scales on the fiber? They are the cuticle of the fiber. Your hair has a cuticle too, it acts like shingles on a roof, protecting the hair or in this case, wool of the sheep. When you put the fiber in the hot soapy water, the cuticle scales open up and grab onto one another, and as they cool, they close, tightening the bond. Doing this repeatedly, along with agitiation which smashes the fibers together, is what creates felt.
(I'm a bio teacher, btw, so that is where I took the photo, gotta love it when school and art come together)

Step 4: Shaping the wet felt curl

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Now you are going to take your felt from being a boring bit of felt around a wire, to a dynamic curl shape. You could shape this in other ways of course, that is up to you.

This was so helpful! I tried to make a felted curl on the end of a pencil but got lots of rough fibers sticking out. Didn't realize that it would have been better to us merino. Also had a tough time getting the curl to stay; but now see how brillant it is to use the pipe cleaner as the core. Thanks!!!

Nice. Good idea if you need exact colour of flat felt. Locks are great if you don't need a colour match
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