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List of materials and tools…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009



Hand Felt:

Roving wool (Amazon and JoAnn)
Roving Wool (AlpacaDirect–Colonial)
Roving Wool (AlpacaDirect—Merinos)

You may need to buy several packages, I suggest at list 4 pounds. Please remember to stick to white or natural wool color (off-white, gray and charcoal.)

Felting needle

Single felting needle

Felting foam

Additional material for hand felting:


Plastic bottles with cap

Castile soap

Sushi mats

plastic sheets

Cutting and Folding felt:

Craft industrial felt —mixed (white)

Craft industrial felt —100% wool (red)

Craft industrial felt—100% poliester (gray)

There are numerous varieties of craft and industrial felt. The 100% wool is sometime crispier but maintains the cuts and the body shape better. I suggest you visit a JoAnn store;  or if you are in Downtown, don’t miss Michael Levine ’s fabric store.

You can also browse second hand stores and look for 100% wool sweaters. Put them in the washer with hot water and detergent and they will felt, giving you basic material to work with.


Crochet hook size G 4.25mm

Merinos Wool (colors: Winter White, accents: Gray Mix, Dk Gray Mix, Rich Red)

Remember that 100% wool can be also felted. You can find this material at JoAnn or Michales or any knitting store. Try “Stiches From the Heart”  a knitting supply store on 3316 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405.  It is also a non-profit organization hat sends handmade clothing and blankets to premature babies all across the nation.



Wire (1 foot)

Card board

Polymer clay: Super Sculpey

Sanding paper sheets: 100 grits, 120 grits, 400 grits or less.

Always wear a simple mask over your nose and mouth when sanding. Even if the products are non toxic, the small particles may momently  irritate your respiratory system.


Flexible Hight Strength silicone rubber rtv 500






Silicon and resins and many tools can be purchased at Hasting Plastic: 1704 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

We will arrange either a visit together, or I will make the purchases for the class.

soft hot melt polymers

I can accommodate only two or three soft hot melt polymer casting since this have to be performed with special equipment outside the department.


Scissors and/or cutters

Cutting mat


Hot glue gun

Hot glue

Buckets for mixing

Paper cups for mixing

Graduated mixing cups


Wooden mixing sticks and paddles

Sand paper—wet or dry

Paper Masking tape

Cheese cloth

Disposable filter masks

Cleaning supplies (paper-towels-all purpose cleaner)