Sunday , 23 February 2020

How to make felt beads tutorial

by: All That Glitters

Now don’t get me wrong, I am no felt pro…not yet anyway. I first got into making felt because I was looking for how to make felt beads on the internet.

I did find out how to make felt beads in the end using the tried old method of rolling a sausage of fleece till it begins to stiffen then to cut it up into even size portions and roll them into beads that way.

But I have developed a new technique which i find less finicky and I can make beads whilst sitting in front of the telly. So I can watch the X Factor guilt free! Excellent!

Step one:

If you have any old projects that you don’t like any more, some felt that came out too thick or too fuzzy and all those little scraps of half felt left over from cutting out shapes for other projects, don’t throw them away! Cut them into tiny pieces like below.

When i’m working in front of the TV I like to have a bar of veggie soap in a bowl with a dash of water and a paint brush handy to wet and add the essential soap to my bead

Take a small amount of the cut up fluff and place it in the palm of your hand.

Wet your brush and rub it over the bar of soap like you would a shaving brush, then dampen the fluff on both sides.

Then gently and slowly begin to roll the bead between your hands to form a ball. Do not apply too much pressure or speed at this time, the bead will need a little time to start to bond together properly.

Continue to roll, in no time the bead will start to feel a little more solid, now start to layer some fine bits of fleece over the bead in your chosen colour.

Do bare in mind that what ever colour your bits of fluff are will effect the final colour of your bead, depending on how many layers of fleece you lay over the top.

Continue to layer your fine fleece over the bead and roll it in, applying more pressure and speed. If you apply too much pressure and speed too soon this makes the bead separate into sections. If this happens don’t worry you just layer the fleece over the splits and roll gently.

When the bead has been well covered and feels firm it’s time to rinse your bead. Rinse under warm water, squeeze the bead between your palms and repeat until no more soap is squeezed out. Roll to give the shape back to your bead then set aside to dry.

The great thing about this way of making beads is that you have no waste!

Fin the original tutorial on All That Glitters

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  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. very clearly!
    I’m also learning from the internet. Now I’m making the wool felted rug.

  3. I love felt beads! I think this will have to go on my “to try” list for the summer holidays coming up in Australia. :)

  4. Hi thanks Tim for featuring my post what a surprise it was to see it as I was browsing you wonderful site!

  5. I love felting wool. What a fun way to make beads. Thanks for sharing this.

    • I want to learn how to make beads like the one in the picture above and those cool Raku beads.When I began in plmeoyr clay I did not think I would do jewelry but I got bit by the bead bug. Now I have a growing number of beads that seem to be multiplying like rabbits. I love to go to my happy place and mindlessly make more beads and more beads and more beads. Now putting these together into something is problematic so i just keep making more beads. There are a lot of resource on color theory but I have not seem much on actual jewelry design.I recently took a community education bead bracelet class for fun and relaxation. HA !!!! It was worse than my fun and relaxing China painting class where I wanted to inhale all of the pant thinner and lind seed oil and then go lick the lead based paint off other students china. I thought this bracelet class would teach us tricks on how to put textures, dangling beads, charms and spacers into something. It was more like jump on in kids, the water is fine; which is actually a good technique. But did the instructor need to bring 30 bead organizers full of choices; did we need 15 choices of yellow. Bless her heart she was trying to be generous and give us choices too many choices. I spent almost the entire 90 minutes trying to pick beads and spacers.I am usually a very spur of the moment, non perfectionistic , don’t sweat the small stuff person who does not have trouble making decisions. Now I was an identity crisis and panic attack in my fun and relaxing beading. class. I finally just forced a decision and the bracelet come out great.I look in sale ads and magazine for ideas. I am being over analytical. I know, less is more. Maybe I am focusing too much on the details in the bead and see them more as an overall color. Any suggestions?

  6. I’d love to give this a try, maybe after the holidays.

    Thanks for sharing the tips.

    Linda B.

  7. Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial! I’ve always thought about trying this technique, and now that you’ve shown me the easy way, I’m definitely going to! *Ü*

  8. noya silver jewelry

    Very nice !!! thanks :)

  9. I’m dying to try this!! Even if it comes out crummy, at least my hands will be SUPER CLEAN!!!!!

  10. Wow so cool I was wondering how to do this. What a great way to use to the end. I am a fan of doing that with fabric.

  11. This is great, I didn’t know that the color was just on the outside. Thanks for sharing!

  12. today was my first time ever making wet felted wool easter eggs , I tried making a bead in the same fashion. I wasnt sure how to make the hole so I tried using a tooth pick while they were wet , the tooth pick broke. Any ideas ? Thanks.

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