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I’ve been working on something a bit different for the last few days. I have always wanted to learn to make brooms. There really is nothing like a nice handmade broom. I decided to start small and work out any issues I may have. I have made two so far.

Broom One

Broom One

This is the first broom that I made. It is about eight inches long. It has a corkscrew willow handle that has been hand waxed with bee’s wax. The bristles are attached with a nylon false sinew. I am super happy with the way it turned out.

Broom Two

Broom Two

Broom Two is a bit under seven inches long. The handle is corkscrew willow with an acrylic wash applied before waxing with bee’s wax. I learned a good lesson-take off the rings before rolling the handle between your hands to warm the wax. The bristles are attached with a decorative green wire. While this broom is really cute, I will not be using the wire again. It is much more difficult to work with and does not seem to hold the bristles as tightly as the false sinew.

Making the little brooms has been a lot of fun. I will probably make some more. I also think I am getting close to ready to make full sized decorative brooms.

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This is Harry the Dragon. He is my third needle felted creation and first dragon I ever made. He is actually the very first fantasy character that I made. (I think that my photo taking has improved quite a bit since I began.) While I was doing research on the internet to figure out how this whole needle felting thing worked, I ran across a site call Owning Alpaca. ( http://www.owning-alpaca.com/ ) This web site is full of great information on how to do all kinds of felting as well as how to care for alpacas. I bought their DVD on how to make dragons. Harry is the result. He doesn’t look that much like the dragon from the DVD, but it gave me the information I needed to really get going.

Creating Harry was the beginning of my love for felting. He told me his name fairly early in the creation process. He whispered, “Add a bit more here.” and “I want more spines.” When I sold Harry, I was sad. He went to a lovely lady who¬† also bought four of Harry’s siblings. I know that he is in a very happy home. I will never forget the joy that creating him gave me and continues to give me, as he was my gateway creation.

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