Getting Started : Felt

Hello hello,

Later this week, I’ll actually be making something out of felt, so I thought I’d  start it off with a “Getting started” post. Now, when I say felt, I don’t mean needle felting, I just mean making things out of felt – meaning Plushies . Oh yes.

Basic equipment

  • 1. Felt. Obviously, you’ll need this before you start making ANY craft.
    My friend actually gave me a chunk off her supplies after she came back from HK. I imagine the felt there are also way cheaper than NZ ಠ_ಠ. It looks nice here because I haven’t actually used these yet. I still have a lot of A4 size squares that still need to be used. 
  • 2. Thread. Another obvious one, as it’s used to sew your creation together. You can also use embroidery thread – it definitely looks better because its more thick and outlines your creation better.
  • 3. Needles. Yet another essential. I think it’s pretty self explanatory.
  • 4. Pins. Extremely helpful as it help keeps your creation pieces in place as you sew. Also used to pin the template/patten to the felt so you can cut accurately.
  • 5.These are optional. These are bits and pieces that I use to make my felt creations into keychains.
  • 6. Scissors. Fabric scissors are best, but a pair of nice sharp scissors work well too. Obviously used to cut out your fabric + pattern.

Closer look at equipmentHere is a closer look at the items ^^^

A lot of times, I just draw up my own patterns free hand. I don’t really have any nice books in NZ to cut out templates from. There are a lot on the web, but the really good ones, I find are in the asian felt books where they have the cutest plushies of food or whatever.

Adventure time Fin and Jake plush
Here is an example of what I make out of felt. This is Jake and Finn from Adventure time + papercrafts I printed off from it’s website.
This was for my friend’s secret santa, and I stayed up ALL night making it  T__T.

A lot of the times, I make up things as I go so it does take me a while to really get it right (unless I already have instructions + pattern). Depending on how many different pieces there are on a plushie, the longer it takes. Even the really small ones, phewww (we’re talking hours).  My scanner is broken right now, so for my upcoming tutorials, I don’t know if I can provide the pattern. I will as soon as it is fixed though.

As always, if you have any requests, comments or feedback, leave down below

-Cyn

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Polymer Clay- Getting started

Here are the basics I think you’ll need when you start with Polymer clay. All these items can be found in your craft store (if you’re in America). I purchased most of these items from a website based in NZ, and some from a hardware and art store.

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1. This is Fimo Deco gel. This is more translucent that Liquid sculpey and gives a glossier finish. I usually use this when I’m making a sauce that’s transparent (like fruit pie or something along those lines.)

2. This is Liquid Sculpey (TLS). This is used for making whipped cream, and after baking, it has a matte finish. If you do not colour it with pastels it will finish transparent (although, not as transparent as Fimo deco gel). When coloured with pastels, it will be a solid colour.

These liquid clays are also used as extra to hold clay pieces in place when they bake. Depending on what kind of effect you want for your creation, you can decide what brand of liquid clay you want. I just have both.

3. These are just two brands of polymer clay. The white block is Sculpey III and I use this because it is the cheapest out of the Sculpey range in NZ. I find it very easy to condition, however, it does get quite soft when you handle it a lot. The grey block is Fimo and I find it harder to condition compared to Sculpey III. The good thing I find about Fimo is that even when you handle it a lot, it doesn’t go as soft as Sculpey III. (I also use Cernit and Dukit clay)

4. These are Sculpting tools. The silver one is just a tool I use to add texture to my clay. This can be easily be replaced by something pointed like toothpicks or needles (however, needles seem too dangerous as a tool). The black tool is something I picked up from a hardware store. It has interchangeable heads.

5. The most important tool, the Razor blade. Pretty self explanatory.

6. Small box of Pastels. Pastels are great for adding shading to your creations and it definitely makes them more realistic. Pastels are also used to add colour to liquid sculpey or the deco gel.

Now here are some extras that I think will save you a lot of time:

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7. Silicon. Okay, this product is REALLY pricey especially for me in New Zealand. It is basically a two part putty that moulds to whatever you want. I use these for muffin bases, textures and stuff like that. This if definitely optional, but a giant time saver for the lazy or those who want to make more realistic food (e.g. the pattern on the oreo cookie)

8. Cookie cutters. These are a BIG time saver. You don’t really need all these shapes, they just happen to come in a set for me. I think the most basic one you should have are circles. Preferably in different sizes because, circles make the bases for cakes. Of course you can always use circular caps to make your bases OR just shape out the base with your hands.

9. Fimo Glaze. This is just glaze that is used to finish off a creation. It really seals in colours from pastels and overall gives a glossy finish. (For those who are cheap, I guess clear nail polish would work. It would be a bit thick though)

Aaaand there we go ! ;D

These products are just what I think you’ll need to get started. When I first started, all I had was white polyer clay, pastels, glaze and a razor blade. I was cheap and actually used the pastels to colour the clay….as you can imagine, it took WAYYYYY too long and was really messy.

If you think I should add anything else to this post, questions or requests, just leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer them.

-Cyn