Geodes again

But I’m not talking about those lovely geodes that come from the Gem and Mineral Show.

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One of the things we did with the kids at Blue Lake this summer was to make geodes out of wool roving. It’s pretty easy to do. You make a super jumbo stack of roving, any and all colors. Then you roll and stuff it into a small bag, tie it tightly and run it through the washer and dryer.

I used a lot of the brightest colors I could find and the unsplit geode came out pretty darn lovely.

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Now you generally only split a geode into two halves and enjoy the loveliness of the inside. And it was indeed lovely. But my plan was to make several thin slices–harder to do than I thought–and use them in a similar manner to the stone slices.

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They are bold and bright and they can be sewn through or have beads added or…or…or…

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I love new and exciting possibilities!

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6 thoughts on “Geodes again

    • I used an Exacto knife, but that was not the best tool–just what I had. You need the razor blade sharpness to get through that felted wool. I’m sure I’ll find something better my next time wandering the aisles of the hardware store!

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  1. If you wrap a pebble in the middle of the roving when you are making your ball you will have more of a true geode with a hollow centre. Beady possibilities? What sort of bag did you use? I put mine into cut up tights (panty hose?) and found it difficult to peel these off after washing because the strands of wool had crept through the hose. May be I tied it too tight?

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    • I didn’t know about wrapping a pebble in the middle…maybe next time, but this was primarily a project for students at camp. Used a cotton bag and my teaching partner ‘unbagged’ them so I don’t know if it was hard or easy! I don’t think you can tie it too tight. If it comes untied, the balls explode! I am planning on mounting and beading…just don’t have all the specifics in my head right now!

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