If you are looking for a quirky material to make jewellery, consider using felt. Felt is a very flexible fabric that is often used in creating a variety of jewellery, such as a brooch, necklace or bracelet. This fabric comes in an array of colours, so it is easy to find a shade that matches your personality or outfit. Felt jewellery can quickly brighten up a neutral-coloured outfit. A felt piece of jewellery also makes an excellent gift for a loved one or friend.
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Things you need
- Dishwashing soap
- Sewing needle
- Embroidery floss
Visit a yarn or fabric store and pick up different colours of raw wool, which is also known as roving.
Take a small clump of roving in your hand. The clump should be smaller than the size of the bead that you need. Tightly wrap a different colour of roving around your clump so it forms a small ball. Use as many different colours of roving as you desire. Note the amount of roving that you need for your bead so that you can use the same amount for the next bead if you want similar-sized beads.
Mix 4 tbsp dishwashing soap with 6 cups of warm water in a bowl. Avoid using soap that has fragrances or dyes.
Soak the ball of roving in the bowl. Remove the ball from the water. Use your fingertips to gently squeeze water out of the ball.
Place a couple drops of dishwashing soap on the palms of your hands and roll the ball gently between your palms for at least 10 minutes. Don't use a lot of pressure as you roll or folds and lumps will form that are impossible to remove once the ball is dry. Don't worry if the ball is slightly messy-looking at this stage.
Wrap some strips of wool in a different colour around the ball if you want to create stripes.
Add polka dots by shaping some fleece into a disk similar to a cinnamon swirl. Place the polka dots on the ball. Continue to roll the ball between your palms.
Soak the ball in the bowl to make it warmer. Roll the warm ball between your palms once again until you feel the ball shrinking and getting harder. Apply gentle pressure with your fingertips to shape the ball into a skinny, round or oval bead.
Maintain the temperature of the bead. If the bead begins to cool down as you roll it, dip it into the bowl of warm water and soap. Your ball will begin to transform into felt as you roll. Continue this process until the bead is the size and shape that you want.
Rinse all the soap out of your bead with cold water. Use a toothpick to poke a hole through the bead when your bead is almost dry. Allow it to dry overnight.
Thread a sharp sewing needle with embroidery floss or yarn. String a bead and make a knot to separate the next bead. Continue this technique to string the rest of your beads. Use your beads to make a necklace, bracelet or anklet.
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