Monday, January 25, 2010
WIP: Pre-Felt Preparations
I've been getting prepared for my next batch of projects.
I made 8 batts in solid, bright colors...
(the 'finished' photo is missing the yellow one for some strange reason)
...and felted them to the pre-felt stage.
I want to have a quantity on hand so that I can create at will...
...rather than stopping to make one color at a time as the spirit moves me. Har.
I've been using Dr. Bronner's Magic Peppermint Soap in my felting...
...and I love it, but it's kind of expensive, so I decided to order a solid block of olive oil (castile) soap instead.
I had my daughter, H-2, shave it into thin slices with a cheese plane.
Believe it or not, this is the kind of thing she loves to do!!
You should see her play with candle wax!!! Yeesh!!!
I mix it with hot water, using a whisk, and I have a thin slurry of it in an
old Bronner's bottle, too.
I don't honestly know whether it will work out to be more economical in the long-run or not.
Do any of you felters out there have an inexpensive source for quality
castile soap in a block or bar that you would care to share??
Now, I just need to wait for the muse to strike!! Grin.