Felted Gum Leaves

here in australia we  call eucalyptus trees 'gum trees' and therefore the leaves are gum leaves.

lately i have been transforming these fluffy wool fibres…

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into felted gum leaves (the two little ones in the middle are real gum leaves)…

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just by using the magical help of some warm soapy water and friction…

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and finding a suitable place to dry them…

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i've been commissioned to make 20 leaves – 10 big ones and 10 medium sized ones – by a shop that will be opening in fremantle in january: 

The Sacred Grove Spiritual Centre and Willows Organic creations @ the Sacred Kitchen
12-14 Norfolk St Fremantle

they will be used to display crystals…

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i've finished half of them and had fun taking pictures of them…

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and after all of that the boys said:'mum, you can't tell how big they are'… and mum went and took another picture…

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(the larger ones are actually around 13", 33cm long and the medium ones 10", 25.5cm)

and if you go here you can order your own custom made gum leaf.

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