Will a cotton/angora blend sweater felt? Answered

I have a ruined sweater that I'm hoping to felt, but the blend is 60% cotton, 25% angora, 15% nylon. I feel like I've heard that a sweater has to be at least 80% wool to felt.

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Felting - what type of knitwear?

I have some stained sweaters, i.e. cannot be worn, which I'd like to felt for craft projects, but I'm not sure what will felt successfully. That is does it have to be 100% wool? If not what is the minimum amount of wool it has to contain to be felt-able? Thank you for your help.     

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How do I felt a pair of boots?

Here are some pictures: http://www.rusclothing.com/traditional-russian/felt-boots/n--classic-valenki/

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How do you felt an item that is crocheted in the washing machine?

I have an item that is crocheted. I'd like too give it the felting look. What exactly is felting? How do you felt? Can felting be done outside of the washing machine? How is felting done in the washing machine? Anyone have any idea's? Thanks

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where do I get the pattern for the pink lady bag??

Where is the pattern for the pink lady bag?? Sorry, I know it must be obvious to 1000,s but me!?

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Can wool yarn scraps be recycled into a felted fabric?

I do a lot of needlecrafts so I have yarn scraps of all descriptions & I would like to use them in some productive way. I want to use them to wet felt into something that I could then make into a pillow or whatever. Theoretically, it should work. If anyone has any ideas or comments please let me know. thanks

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How to Full a Sweater into Felt

Scope this post at CRAFT to learn how to upcycle your old wool sweaters into felt!  Brookelyn compares and contrasts the techniques and benefits of hand-fulling vs. machine-fulling, and shows us samples of the results.  Fulling is the process of turning knitted or crocheted wool into felt. So check it out, and start upcycling those old wool sweaters into new Instructables!

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Classic Gadgets Turned into Felt

A variety of iconic items from the past are turned into lovely felted and embroidered items by blublythemonster on Flickr. There's some amazing work here and I'd love to see them all in person. Just so that I could briefly touch them to make sure they're real. Flickr setvia bbgadgets

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Vibrant green rug made from felt scraps

The folks over at Martha Stewart's craft department make a lot of things out of felt and thus have a lot of felt scraps left over. Kristin St. Clair had some free time and started a small project with the felt that turned into this crazy rug. To make it yourself, cut up a ton of felt strips and start rolling them up, using fabric glue to keep it all together. Repeat, repeat, repeat, and add some other shapes along the way to keep it interesting. I just FELT like crafting! via CRAFT

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What can I make from felt that is... Answered

a)not a bag or purse, b) that is actually useful and c) a worthy present for a friend or partner?!!?

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how do i felt a wool sweater using washing machine, and is dryer needed?

When felting a wool sweater using hot cycle washing machine method, is it absolutely necessary to dry the item in a dryer afterwards? also, should i cut seams off before or after felting the fabric?

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How do I cut felt to cover 6" styrofoam ball?

I need to cover a 6" styrofoam ball with a piece of felt 8" X 11". How do I cut the felt; what glue do I use to glue it on?

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Do I need to secure the stuffing in adoll that I am going to felt?

My instructions are sketchy. Can I use any non-wool thread?Should I baste the kniited material to the stuffing inside or do I need to go through the legs, arms, hedd,etc? This is my first felting project. I appreciate any suggestions? Thanks?

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Bird Hat!

Check out this fantastic hat, made of felt with a little birds-nest hole in it, complete with bird! There's a magnet in the bird and the nest area to keep it from falling out accidentally. I love this.

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Feltidermy is like taxidermy, but much cuter

This is too awesome. These feltidermy pieces are felt versions of the classic head-stuck-on-a-chunk-of-wood taxidermy thing. Be sure to check out the full Flickr set for a lot more examples. Feltidermy Flickr set via neatorama

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I need a velcro-receptive ("loop") that is adhesive on one side. What do I need to search for on eBay?

Hi everyone.I need a one side adhesive, velcro-receptive tape.That is, an adhesive tape that is sticky on one side and on the other it has a felt-like tissue.English is not my first language and I am not sure about what to search for on eBay or Aliexpress to buy.I need this for my project but all the tapes I could find have both sides (both hook and loop) and they are much costlier than what I'd expect just for a felt-like one-side adhesive tapes.Can you help me please?Thank you,Atkers

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why won't my knitted wool hat? Answered

I knit a cloche for my sister out of Icelandic wool and felted it and it came out too small.  So I reknit it with the same damn yarn, though a bit bigger, but this one won't shrink even the tiniest bit.  I've washed it (front loader, dried it in the dryer, and now I've been boiling it for 20 minutes.  It's getting furry, but the stitch definition and the size are basically the same.

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Semi-adhesive materials

Hi, I'm looking for some suggestions of what I'll call (out of ignorance) "semi-adhesive materials". I am looking for a large sheet that can be folded, or preferably tightly rolled (think a window blind) and a variety of shapes that can be stuck on and repositioned. I've had a look at display felt for use with hook and loop stickers. The felt is quite thick and expensive. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experimented with this kind of project. Flexible magnetic material, or some kind of static attraction or something? Cheaper the better really, but durability is a big concern too. Any pointers in directions to look would be greatly appreciated.

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Can the inner bottom of a freezer be replaced?

A hole has occured in the inner bottom of my stand alone freezer, As water gets through the hole the felt or what`s inside is making a terrible smell. Can the inner bottom be replaced ? Thanks

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how to make an an ewok doll craft ?

I need t make a ewok for my baby sister and i dont know how the only materials i have is 2 sheets of felt,pillow stuffing,a piece of white paper,some fabric paint and a sowing kit

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How do you get featured?

How do you get featured on the site? How does the process work? Does it involve the # of views or is it a private vote from a group? To me, anything that's featured is more likely to win and it feels slightly unfair for other entries that are just as good. And how do sites refer to your Instructable? I've seen some with a long list of sites that reference them, which gives more publicity. Just wanted to point it out. For my first contest I felt that entries beat me because of views, so I felt discouraged to enter more contests. If it's just a popularity contest, then I'm not likely to ever win. Almost all the older members always gets tons of views right from publishing. I'm sorry if I sound jealous, but that's just how I feel.

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Nintendo controller laptop case

The classic Nintendo controller keeps showing up in crafts everywhere and this felt laptop case is the latest and greatest one to pop up. It looks so nice I'd love to have one for myself. It would go nicely with an upcoming Nintendo project I'm slowly working on. Flickr page via Gizmodo

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My spark plug is smoking, what should I do? Answered

Earlier today I went mudding in my golfcart. After a while I felt the engine beneath my seat get really hot. So I opened the hood and my spark plug was smoking. What could this mean? And how should I fix this?

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Last minute no-talent Christmas stocking ideas?

Can't find our Christmas stockings! (We moved) Tomorrow I'm heading out to try to find red and white felt and a glue gun. I don't have a sewing machine or time to learn to knit or crochet. I need to make 4 of them, and they need to be super easy and not take special equipment or a lot of time. So I'm thinking I'll just cut out 8 stocking shapes and glue them together and glue some white trim along the top. And if I get real creative, maybe write the names in glitter glue. I am well aware that this is pretty cheesy, but it's all I've been able to think of. I hope one of you will have a better idea. I don't want to spend a lot of money because I'm convinced the originals will turn up before next year. Any better ideas than glued felt? Thanks.

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(newsletter) Screen Print for $10, Cargo Scarf, Mad Hatter Hat

  Screen Printing for Under $10 Cargo Scarf Mad Hatter Hat Recycled Paper Notebooks How to Make Candles Keyboard Wallet Fabric Pressure Sensor Spinning Yarn Felted Bag Zombie Friend Wavy Cut Paper Beads Easy Homemade Soap Guides Alice in Wonderland Cake Decorating Domo Kun

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Where can I get recycled industrial textile material?

 I've been looking for this: http://www.markrobson.fr/page5/files/metisse1.jpg kind of industrial recycled felt(?) type material everywhere and I can't seem to find any source that isn't exclusively sold wholesale with insanely huge minimum bulk orders like 1,000 meters minimum or something. I really really like the look of the material and wanted to use it for home decor things like for furniture or even use as a rug and possibly clothes or something and I also of course like the fact that it's made of recycled materials. Which brings up another question does anyone happen to know if this stuff is safe for those kinds of applications or is it similar to fiberglass insulation which is actually pretty harmful to touch? I really want to use it for clothes or home decor if it isn't harmful but definitely don't have the money or even use for anything over 10 meters of this material and even that's a stretch I really am looking more like up to five meters or so at the moment.

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NEED ASSITANT ON A PROJECTTT!!!

Hi, I need major help. I am going to school for graphic design and I'm in a concept class right now. I have a final due on the perception of bumper cars... we have to build a 3-d model of our perceptions. My concept was that I felt real bad and nauseated the whole time. I was thinking of a circled platform that turns and a long pole almost that is attached to it with a round bowl at the end. so it looks like a shower head.

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Does anyone have any information about this rocking chair?

One of my friends gave this to me and told me to take care of it. Apparently there is some sentimental value to it and i am trying to bring it to its original glory. I was wondering if anyone knows the name of it or has any original pictures. Or any information about this. Rocking chairs aren't my expertise, and not much stuff about them are on here but i felt it was worth a shot.

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I....don't know how to sew...at all, how to? Answered

Ahaha, as embarrassing as this sounds I have no clue how to do anything with sewing. I don't even know the basic stitches(I think its called??) or how to sew together pieces. Can anyone give me the basics of sewing? I really want to sew together these cat ears, their felt, and I don't know how. What should I use? Thanks so much! 

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The Robot goes to Peru

I wore my Instructables shirt while on a trip to Peru at Machu Picchu. I washed it in the bathroom sink the night before and when i put it on the the morning it was still quite damp. Didn't matter because i was rained on while hiking down from Wayna Picchu (the mountain in the background of the main picture). I had my rain jacket but the cool rain felt great. In a little less than two weeks i'll try and wear my shirt on the equator too!

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I Want to Make Wool Landscape Tapestry

Recently i saw a very cute wool landscape tapestry at Nestle and Soar folk art studio. As i love to collect needle felting items, fiber art things. So i just want to make similar wall art tapestry, but i don't have any idea about it.. Like how to do it?, what technique we required for it?, what kind of wool we need ? etc... Please suggest me.. I have attached pic for that wall art tapestry..

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Why is my vision blurry after an insect flew into my eye?

About 24 hours ago a small bug like a gnat flew into my right eye. My eye burned for the rest of that day, but felt fine the next morning. Although my eye feels fine, my eyesight is very blurred through my right eye. I have always had perfect vision without glasses or similar objects until this encounter. Does anyone know what may be causing this? Will this go away on it's own, or should I do something about it?

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Loss of temperature sensation in fingers? Answered

I've never had this problem until now...here's the story. Well, I was outside the other day, and it was freaking cold out. Probably about 9 degree's F. I was wringing cold water out of a towel (long story) and the cold really hurt my fingers. First my fingers felt cold, then nothing...just this buzzing sensation. Realizing that wringing water out of a towel with bare hands at 9F is probably a stupid idea, I rushed indoors and defrosted my hands with warm water. But all I felt was buzzing, not warm water. Hmm. So today I was melting wax in a soup can in boiling water, and I touched the tin to see how hot it was. It didn't feel hot, so I just grabbed the boiling hot tin of wax and poured it into my mold. The wax dribbled onto my fingers. I didn't even notice it! Later that day it occurred to me that maybe i was having trouble feeling how hot things are, so I experimented. I ran hot water over my fingers, but it didn't feel hot at all. It just feels like my fingers are buzzing or something.  Stranger still, if I IMAGINED that the hot water is cold, it suddenly feels cold! If I imagine it's hot, I get that buzzing sensation. It's probably just a temporary condition, so I was wondering if it's ever happened to any of you folks?

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Deep Green Plexiglass?

I am wanting to build a lamp as homage to the Nickelodeon Guts trophy. I have everything planned out how I want it. I will build the base out of MDF and cover it in black felt, the top will be plexiglass with some sort of light source on the inside of the plexiglass box. My problem is, I have no idea how to tint/color the plexiglass a deep (not dark) enough green as to not see the light source when it is switched off, but translucent enough to light up and cast a green light. Anyone have any ideas? I have seen online where you can order colored plexiglass, but that will get expensive very quickly.

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I have about thirty picture frames. What should I do with them? Help me make something awesome!

I have about thirty picture frames left over from my wedding. I would love to make something decorative out of them, but am falling short in the idea department. We are moving across the country soon, maybe it could be something to commemorate the event? The frames are 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. made of some kind of brushed metal with glass and cardboard inserts and felt backings.

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Dr. Zoidberg of Futurama Costume! :)

(thank you for the direction into the forums! haha) :D :D :DI didn't even know who Zoidberg was until my boyfriend told me that he was going to be HIM for halloween, right after we met haha. SO, I was wondering how he was going to do it and I had a few ideas...I ordered a Lab Coat from AllHeart.com or something like that, and had it embroidered with "Dr. Zoidberg". For the Claws, he bought a hot glue gun and some felt and I was kinda puzzled as to how to make them .. cute/realistic/wearable, just make sure to have good scissors, stack the felt 2 at a time and wisely cut so that the 2 pieces match up. I used elastic to keep them on his wrist and stuffed them with polyester fill, to make them more functional. For the FACE...lol..we lucked out. Tripped over a bart simpson mask at Target and we ended up making the eyes into the shape of goggles, leaving tabs on the side for elastic attachment to hold them onto his head. The "mouth fingers" were a pair of women's gloves. (I cut the thumb off and hand sewed it shut and then took the part and attached it to ITSELF in the back, behind the mask, also stuffed the fingers a little. We then painted his head with some cream makeup from.. a halloween store ($1.50) and it goes a long way. You can cover the elastic with it too, but be careful not to dye your eyes red unless you are going to go as Zoidberg with PINKEYE. lol.As he would say "bwoo bwoo bwoo bwoo bwoo!"

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How do you program yourself to receive transmissions from an external source? Is there a method of self hypnosis?

How do you enter a state of mind consistently where you are receiving transmissions so that you feel your inner ear vibrating with each download? I have experienced this randomly and want to pursue a deeper dialogue with the source. Is there a method of self hypnosis? What is this dimension i've experienced and why is it completely dark, yet can psychically communicate with a loved one or listen to a spirit guide singing? Is there an extra dimension where others with similar experiences go to meet? I've always felt that there is something out there i'm searching for...

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Making a plush doll

So. I'm attempting to make a Squid plush doll for a friend who's leaving for college. This is the first time I have ever attempted something like this and I was wondering how I would go about sewing the seams. Like, would I sew it inside-out and then flip it right-side-in? And is there some preferred way to sew these? Aside from that, I'm having trouble picking a material. It would be a bit large and I expect it to see a lot of use, so I want to stay away from felt. Also, I wanted to give it some character so I was thinking of making it out of polo shirts, but I have no idea if that would be a good material...Please help.

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Love a girl but is it too late?

So, I've had a crush on this girl for about 2 months now and I love the hell out of her but have never had the guts to tell her how I feel. I'm now on holiday and i've just heard shes got together with one of my best mates from my friend who knew my feelings about her, to be honest I feel like I've been run over by a brick wall and feel so upset and regretting not telling her how I felt.. I still love her so much but no idea what to do now as I was planning on telling her after I get back from my holidays... whaat do I do?

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Am I phsycic?

I've never really believed in the whole phsycic thing, but I have an open mind and I'm starting to wonder. every now and then, I will see something, be it a word, sentence, picture, or sign before I see it for real. It happens with completely random thing I have never seen before. I also get feeling that tell me to do or not do something, and they are almost always right. It can be anything, such as not to bro g a toolbox because I felt that it would work out, and I got one for free, to bringing a screwdriver to school just in time to fix a loose microphone. So, am I mildly phsycic? If I am, are there any sort of exercises to help me phocus or develop my ability. Any help is appreciated.

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Plushie Instructable Robot - Preview 1.0!!

Here's how far I've gotten with the Robot that I'm making. Patterns are hard, ya'll! You'll see the arm graveyard in the pictures. (Including the one that turned out like a condom - no idea about that one. Very weird.) I went through a lot of different bodies, too, but those aren't nearly as annoying. The last stumbling block is the head - after that it will be smooth sailing! I'm working on that right now. Keep in mind that I'm making these pieces out of felt - it's cheaper for practicing. The actual plushie will be made out of fleece. Yay! And the body will be less angular, too. The shoulders should be more rounded. The ends of the legs and arms will be sewn into the body seams. :D And now... the gallery. Complete with evil kitties that are trying to stall the construction.

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rabbit (alice year old) is very thin how do i get her to gain weight??

She lives with 2 other female rabbits, i see her eating all the time, she eats all the fruits and vegis i give her, i felt her spine and it is very bony (i can feel the outline of her spine and ribs) they live outside, all the others (including another rabbit we have separated from the 3 due to her going after them) are nice a plump, i can sorta feel their soine but its nothing like alices, what are some foods i can give her to help her weight, would alfalfa hay be OK to mix in her hay?

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Eyeball Yarn

Though I dearly love eyelash yarn, this eyeball yarn takes the cake.It's vitreous humor, from insubordiknit.com:Ever wish you had eyes on the back of your head? Well now you can have them all over your head, bwahahaha...or your neck...or wherever you choose to don your knitted eyeball item.Five colorways of handpainted merino wool with scads of handdyed tussah silk noils, soysilk, organic cotton and ingeo then corespun the yarn thick and thin, poofy and tight, so that it would resemble a mass of muscley eye innards. Spun in, nice and tight, are 13-15 hand felted eyeballs Note -- these are NOT plied in or tied in! They are spun in, part of the actual yarn.They seem to have a podcast too, and promise more background on this yarn in the 4th episode.

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Ring-A-Day

This has been going all year, but I just came across it via NOTCOT:   Colleen Baran's Ring a Day project is one surprisingly creative treat after another. The project is about ideas and fun more then commercial work. It's about the idea that feels most exciting that day. Some rings will be ephemeral and temporary made of fragile materials. Others will be carefully crafted for durability and meant for long term daily wear. These will be coming later in the year. They are experiments in line, shape & color. An exploration of ideas like a daily sketchbook. Some are quite serious and carefully planned, some are a little silly, some will take a couple minutes, others many, many hours. Most (so far) are made of recycled or alternative materials as diverse as felt, false eyelashes, cucumber facemasks, lipstick, repurposed elastic bands, twist ties, straws and tinfoil with carob. The rings are documented on Flickr - my favourite so far is the straw ring illustrated below.

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Things ended... But I'm sure she still likes me. I still like her. We look, but neither of us goes for it. Help!?!?

Ok so here's the story. At the beginning of the year, I met this girl. She's in eighth grade and I'm in seventh. Not too much difference. We have band and algebra together. We sit next to eachother in band, and talked nonstop. It didn't take me long to realize how much we had in common. A lot. I knew I at least liked her, but I was too shy to say anything. Finally one day the band teacher said there had been a lot of flirting going on between the two of us. The next day she told me. She had felt the same way all along. We decided to try dating eachother. That was thursday. We IM'd all afternoon and most of the night that day. The same the next day. And the next. And all weekend, until monday. She didn't log on, and things had been quiet between us two that day. I knew something was wrong. She IM'd me on tuesday and ended it. OUCH! So things were very quiet the next few months. We only talked when we had to. Which wasn't much. I still liked her, but I didn't know if she still felt the same. Recently, the past few months, things have picked up momentum again. Lots of talking. Nonstop. Again. She is so much fun to be with. I've noticed in band and algebra she's been watching me, looking over every now and then. I'd always been doing that, all year. Just to see if she would look over and everything would be okay again. We've met eyes almost once a day the past two weeks. She smiles at me, a lot. I truly believe now that she still likes me, and that the feeling never disappeared. I want it to be the way it was. That was the best weekend of my life. I love her. I don't know what to do to get her back. Who out there can help? Please! I'm desperate! P.S. I know I'm going to get a lot of comments saying I'm too young to love, but whether or not that is true, I like her enough to date her. So it's beside the point. I'll be ignoring comments saying that unless they make a very strong point. Thanks!

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Creative Advertising that Works

When the first ad for Sony's Bravia came out I loved it. It was set in my city of San Francisco and the sheer beauty of seeing hundreds of thousands of bouncy balls going everywhere was amazing. I forwarded the link to lots of friends and we all talked about it. I still watch my old 20" CRT at home for movies, but I do have a soft spot for Bravia should I ever decide that I really and truly need a big HDTV, which isn't likely any time soon.So when the second ad came out I was thrilled. It had exploding paint and colors, but it lacked the magic. It felt forced and the fact that elements were digitally removed took away the handmade quality that really helped the first one connect.Yesterday, the third one was released online. I think it's a step back in the right direction. I highly encourage you to check out the official link, but here's a youtube version with crappier color.What do you think? If you haven't seen the other ads, check them out first. So here's the order: - bouncy ball ad from 2005 - paint ad from 2006 - bunny ad from 2007

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