How To Wet Felt A Ball With Wool Batting – Basic shapes in wet felting

This video is the fifth one of the
7-part video series on the basic shapes in wet felting and this is what
you’re going to learn: the step-by-step process to make a ball with wool batts, how to correctly cut a wool batt, how much water and soap to use, what’s the “bounce test”. So stay tuned! Supplies and equipment: as we’ve already seen in the other
videos, we’re going to need plastic to cover our work surface, bubble wrap, a wool batt (around 20 grams), soap, water and a
towel. Now we have to cut our wool batt, and this is not done with scissors because scissors leave and even cut. If you look at the
wool closely, you’ll see the fibers run in one direction. So first pull along the fibers to get a long strip. If you’ve pulled a tuft that is too big, cut it. Then make a knot
in the middle. This will be the core of your ball,
around which you’ll be adding more wool. Wind the wool around the core, alternating the directions. Separate thin tufts and add them to the ball. Repeat until you have the right
size. In this case you don’t have to worry about streching tthe wool out, like
we did in the case of the wool tops. Now we start felting. Avoid using too
much water and soap here or it’ll be really difficult to felt and you’ll get creases
all over your piece. Roll the ball on the bubble wrap to quicken the process and keep adding water and soap if you feel the wool is too dry. Just make sure you don’t soak it. Alternate the movement between your hands and on the bubble wrap. If at any point you feel there is too much water, just squeeze it out. As we’ve seen in the third video of this
series, when you work with wool batts, you tend to get creases in your item. So, now
is the time to flatten the wool or it’ll be difficult to get rid of the creases
later. Washing out some of the soap can help sometimes. When the felting process is more advanced, you can start pressing harder. The ball won’t fall apart anymore. Now you can do the “bounce test”. Throw the ball on the table. If it bounces, it’s ready. Then you just have to rinse well and it’s
finished. See the difference between them? In the case of the ball there’s not a
big difference between felting it with wool tops or batts. The batts produce a smoother surface, but you risk getting creases in it. And again, the choice is yours. Let me know how the experiment went and which type of wool you decided to use. In the next 2 videos we’ll be experimenting
with the sheet. Until then, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and I’ll see
you soon!

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