One of the methods of hand-making jewelry is felting. It is one of the oldest methods of fabric creation, consisting of combining fibers into a compact mass, from which a wide spectrum of handicrafts can be created. This method has become popular in recent years, becoming a willingly practiced artistic form of hand-made jewelry, clothing, a wide range of accessories, as well as decorations
Type of felting
WE DISTINGUISH 2 TYPE OF FELTING :
– wet: using warm water and natural soap,
– dry: using a special felting needle (with burrs) and pads in the form of a brush or (a cheaper version) a sponge with a height of approx. 5cm.
Felting is an extremely grateful handicraft technique that does not require special predispositions – the only thing you need for a start is wool, the aforementioned soap and water or a sponge with a needle, a few details and a piece of the table. Well, maybe a little bit of patience! The felting technique has been very widely used for different types of creations.
Wet felting will allow us to create flat and spatial forms, such as: ball,dreadlocks flower, bracelet, earrings, pendant, necklace – which we can then further use to create jewelry.
Dry felting involves the formation of worsted wool using a special needle, which is punctured by wool, creating a variety of shapes and patterns. Using this method, we can also create spatial forms, however, compared to wet felting, we have more control over the shape and distribution of colors and patterns.
As a recommendation, combining both methods is used to create more and more sophisticated specimens.
What to use?
Worsted wool works best in felting, which we usually buy by weight. We can get it in stationary shops or online, as well as on allegro.
Worsted wool from Polish sheep is available on the market, but also much more expensive from Australian Merino, New Zealand, Spanish, Peruvian, Alpine, South American, as well as alpacas and camels.
Today’s handicrafters more often combine felt with silver and Swarovski crystals, thanks to which jewelry gains value and finds an increasing number of recipients.
For example, after creating felt balls, we can combine them with various silver components like silver headpins and then mount on the silver earwires. After creating a beautiful felt pendant, we can mount it on a silver chain using a silver bails. Individual felt elements can be separated with decorative silver spacers as well as silver balls.
In contrast, necklaces or bracelets created, for example, on dreadlocks felt, can be mounted on silver ends and fastenings.
For felt jewellery, Swarovski drop – shaped crystals work well.
And for more demanding creators I recommend ready pendant settings dedicated to Swarovski crystals.