NEVER FELT INTO A HARD SURFACE!
I guess I forgot to include that one. Always felt into something soft. This isn’t counting the wool that you’re felting. This is what is UNDER the wool! Felting needle tips can be damaged or break when they hit something hard like a table or book. Always use something that gives when hit with the needle….like foam, a towel, pillow, or the like.
You can’t use a regular felting needle on a short felting brush like the kind that clover makes. That brush is designed for the clover needle only. That needle tool has short needles that don’t hit the brush. I don’t know about you, but my felting needles are 3 and 3 1/2 inches long. That is much longer than the bristles, so if you use them on the clover felting brush they will hit the hard brush and break.
Also when using a wire armature, felt gently. You don’t have to jab the wool so hard anyway. Don’t use much force when you jab the needle and then if you hit the wire, it will usually slide along it. Felt along the wire on one side then the other. Is your needle gets stuck in the wire, VERY gently wiggle it a little and it should come out. If you yank on it when it is stuck, it can snap. Felting needles are hardened steel and are very brittle. Usually though you will get months of use out of each needle.
Be sure not to use sideways pressure on the needles or they will snap. I keep a broken needle for whenever I need to push the wool to the side. This saves my good needles from breaking. After a while you will get the “feel” for felting and not break so many needles. Always use a #36 coarse needle to start your cores. Use fine needles only for the top layers or fine details.
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