- All the needle holes disappear
- The surface layer of fibers form a smooth webbed mat instead of loose ends sticking up off the surface.
- The bottle color transitions appear smooth with rounded forms rather than clumps of different colors of wool stuck on the surface of the flannel.
- What I have just described may not be visible in these photos but if you look closely at the shadows of the bottles, you may see the smooth, united web of color layers.
- 3 feet of rubber stair tread on a table
- several sheets of bubble wrap - enough to surround your piece top and bottom
- bowl of warm, soapy water - I use olive oil soap
- turkey baster
- electric sander (that's right - an electric sander - read on)
CAUTION: Hot soapy water and power tools are a good recipe for a disaster such as electrocution!! ONLY use an electric sander if it is plugged into a GFI (ground fault interuptor) outlet or socket adaptor. This ensures that if any moisture is detected by the GFI it will shut off the power immediately to the tool. Keep a neat, dry table when using the electric sander with lots of towels nearby. Do not allow the floor to get wet, if it does, dry it immediately.
Instead of using sandpaper, I fitted my sander with a sheet of tablecloth plastic (to cover the air intake holes), covered with non-slip shelf rubber, cut to fit the sandpaper size. This ensures that no water can get into the sander when in use. I bought my own sander that is off limits to my husband.
The electric sander creates vibration all over the surface of the piece. The bubble wrap is like dozens of tiny fingers messaging the surface, creating the movement needed for the fibers to unite together. You are NOT sanding the suface, you are messaging it. This is much easier on the arms and body and cuts the felting time down considerabley than regular wet felting.
- Place your project face down on top of the stair tread (uneven surface for rolling), which has been covered with bubble wrap, bubble side up. You are weaving the fibers on the back side together first so that they stabilize the fibers of the front side.
- Use the turkey baster to gently squirt the warm, soapy water all over the surface until saturated