I just finished this Needle Felted Yorkie Sculpture of a cute Yorkie named Bebe. She is a Custom Pet Portrait and is fully poseable.
I just received a needle felted cat as a present. Do you have any advice on how to care for these sculptures?
I am worried that my cuddling will wear out my new darling as I love to touch him! Thank you for your help.
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Long coated fur SHOULD NOT be combed or brushed. It is better to use a large needle to gently “comb’ the fur. Trim any strays instead of pulling out.
As you may have guessed, keeping them behind glass is the beat way to protect them. Of course many people don’t have that available.
I have read to use a dampened cloth, blower duster, hair dryer, or tape.
Don’t ever use moisture with them. If you wet the wool then the dust will stick even more to them.
A hairdryer could also blow the dust in deeper than it will blow off.
Tape is a good way to raise a little bit of fuzz, so unless you want a fuzzy look on a formerly smooth coat, I’d avoid tape. It could also pull out fur!
It also won’t reach the dust settled down into the fibers because unlike mohair, which has a backing/base, there is no ‘base’ to needle felted items.
A small vacuum is good to suck the dust off. Before you use it though, it is a good idea to make sure that everything is firmly attached to your sculpture. You can use a full sized vacuum, with a sock or hosiery over the wand head. Hold it on tightly with a rubber band. You can also slide open the side vent on the tube that some vacuums have for dusting drapes so there is less suction.
If you handle your pieces a lot, be sure to wash your hands EVERY time before touching them. The oils in your hands won’t be obvious, but over time will leave a film which will hold dust even firmer. So all in all, it is easier to keep them clean rather than trying to clean them later. Enjoy your new wool sculpture!