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Gather tools and materials.
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- Twist up the fibers. The more criss-crossed they are, the easier it is to felt.
- Fold it together into a disc-like shape and begin to poke it with felting needles.
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- Safety! Felting needles are the sharpest sharp thing you've ever played with, unless you're a surgeon.
- Always watch your hands while felting.
- Never felt when you're tired.
- Use shallow, soft pokes instead of heavy pokes.
- When you do stab yourself, just put a bandage on it and keep felting!
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- Once it starts to form a shape and is a little bit combined, pull the disc off the foam and turn it over.
- Continue poking.
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- After a while, there won't be any more loose fiber to poke.
- Loosely twist up another wisp of wool roving and wrap it around your disc.
- Lay it down on the foam and keep poking until all of the new fiber is incorporated into the disc.
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- Twist, wrap, and poke many more layers of roving.
- When it's nice and thick in the middle, but the edges are still fuzzy, use tiny pokes along the edge of the disc.
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- Create one large backing disc and one smaller accent disc and check that the sizing is how you like it.
- Felt shrinks as you work, so allow for things to get a bit smaller during finishing.
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- Twist up a small wisp of fiber for the accent design.
- Lay it on the surface, overlapping the edges.
- Poke in a straight line across the disc.
- Pull the long tails toward the center and tack them down.
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- If you want your pinball bumper to light up, cut a hole in the back disc with very sharp scissors, then widen the hole with needlenose pliers.
- Affix the LED with wire or conductive thread to the battery holder. See the soft circuit sample project.
- Felt around the LED and affix the top disc.
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Affix the finished pendant to a necklace.