We moved into our apartment nearly a year ago but we never got around to choosing light fittings for every room. Now that our baby boy is on the way, I wanted to try and make something different for his room. This is what I came up with. The inspiration came from some light fittings I saw that were made of doilies. I thought I would use similar techniques to make my own unique light fitting.
Ball of wool
PVA / white glue
Step 1: Mixing the glue
First, I chose some cream wool from my craft box which had an organic look to it. I then mixed some white/PVA glue with water to make my adhesive mixture. The glue I used is quite thick, like yoghurt so I mixed 1:1 ratio of glue to water. I would mix less water if the glue was thinner.
Keeping the wool as a ball, I squeezed the glue mixture through it so that it was soaked fully. Keeping it in a ball means that I can unravel it easier later.
Step 2: Creating the shape
I used an oversized balloon to create the shape that I wanted. Next time, I would choose a plain balloon as some of the decorative print came off on my final creation.
I started to go around the balloon with the glue soaked wool. I created a circle at the top that I thought would allow a conventional light fitting to thread through and then I made my way down the balloon until I reached the desired length. Then, I just continued winding the wool back up and down, creating the look I wanted but also making sure there were lots of crossing over of wool so that it would stick to itself and create a "net".