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Crafted with cat hair

Greeting Cards

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patjila

Joined April 2010

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4" x 6" 5" x 7.5" 4" x 6"

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  • 300gsm card with a satin finish
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As result of daily brushing and grooming cats having lot’s of cat hair which mostly will be reused by birds for their nests. Sudden while searching on the net for something completely different, another idea was shown.

Incredible it works! Crafting with cat hair is possible, found the idea on the net and tried it.
Another member of the cat family is now sitting in the window sill, it won’t be crowded because this pussy is only 6 inches high.

  • Step 1: Brush your clean kitty to get lots of fur off. (No fleas or flakes allowed!)

Step 2: With the fur between your thumb and forefingers, massage the fluffy bits together into thin, 1 to 3 mm sheets.

This controlled “matting” technique is the crux of the process. Akin to “felting” — the process by which disulfide bonds are encouraged to form strong connections (as happens readily with natural fibers like wool and mohair) — cat fur matting makes for a flattened, solidified mass of surprisingly soft, feltlike fiber.

Step 3: You’ll now devise a catlike cardboard form. I like to cut out a cat shape and then cover it with plastic wrap and some extra tape for waterproofing.

Step 4: Cover the plastic, tape-wrapped cardboard form with sheets of the matted kitty fur, making sure to get all the corners (especially the ears) completely sealed, so there are no gaps.

Step 5: Now take the process one step further by wetting the whole shebang with a mildly soapy solution and then agitate the fibers some more. I do this by putting the furred form in a sandwich bag, along with some soapy water. Then I gently rub the form with the sides of the bag until the matted fur slowly comes together even further.

Step 6: Take kitty out of the bag and squeeze her dry between two paper towels.

Step 7: Cut a tail-thick strip off the dried kitty’s lower half to remove the plastic-wrapped cardboard form underneath.

Step 8: Add a couple of beady eyes with fabric glue, and find some yarn to make a cute collar. Guess what? You’ve got a silly kitty puppet!

Not into puppets? Simple appliqués made from cat fur can grace sweaters, socks, caps, hats or other knitted items. Reference that kooky Japanese book for more ideas.

Happy cat crafting!

**Source: How to Craft with Cat Fur

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