I did an experiment about whether I could make a geode. out of wool. A geode that looked like amethyst! For the center, I made small rolls of tightly wound wool roving and needle felted them together, then wound different colors of purple in layers for the middle, finishing with white and then gray layers. The outside of the geode is black.
First I made "coils" of different colors for the center by rolling roving around a bamboo skewer and sliding it off. I needle felted these altogether and added layers of color to it. White was added to indicate where I would be cutting later. A geode is never perfectly round and I tried to make it oblong/oval so I would know where to cut it in half later.
I wound layers tightly around and around,
it was about the size of a tennis ball.
I added some gray fibers to
make it look more natural
Then I submerged it in hot water and waited for all of the air inside to
bubble out. To felt it, I added liquid soap to the ball and bounced it around
inside my sink and rolled it around on a hard surface. I then squished out
the water from inside the ball. It will reduce in size by about 20%.
The scariest part is when I cut it in half. Would all my work pay off?
I cut it with a boning knife because it is super sharp and thin
I began to carve out the middle of each half with an Exacto
knife. I gently cut in and around, remembering that most
of the white wool would be cut out. I kept cutting the fiber
out until I was satisfied that it looked like a geode.
Each half looks different!
When I was done with the geode,
I was very happy with how it turned out!
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