Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Wool Felt Vases That Pack Flat

Floppy felt fail?  No way.  This baby is so stiff, it can take your eye out.
I used to shudder at mention of felt.  It conjured up images of hordes of screaming children running around with safety scissors during some sort of a ghastly craft lesson and making a horrible multi-colour mess.  Ughh colour.  I've never really been a fan of craft felt, but I understand that it has its uses.  Not unlike velcro.  Ughh velcro.

However, I absolutely love the 100% merino wool felt in the Ponoko catalogue.  I use it for the Chromatophobic coasters.

In its natural state the felt is quite soft, but it's easy to stiffen it with a 50/50 mixture of water and PVA glue.   The cut pieces are impregnated with the magic potion by dipping them into the milky bath and then drying them thoroughly.  It looks like you're making pretend french toast...  Once dry the pieces completely stiff, and the shapes can be assembled into 3D forms.

In this instance the 3D forms are vases.  In the centre of the vase is a glass test tube for the water and the plants you stole from your neighbours' garden.


Cut vase parts before assembly
 

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