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Steps

Step #1:

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Gather tools and materials.

Step #2:

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Grip the wool roving with your hands a good distance apart, and pull gently.

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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.

Step #4:

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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!

Step #5:

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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.

Step #6:

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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.

Step #8:

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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.

Step #9:

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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.

Step #10:

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Now do the details for the top disc using tiny wisps of fiber.

Step #11:

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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.

Step #12:

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Affix the finished pendant to a necklace.

Conclusion

Photography by Becky Stern.


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