Monday, 20 October 2014

How to install magnetic snap Tutorial

 I was asked to demonstrate how I install the magnetic snaps in my cases. Here we are (it's for you Teri!)
This is a pictures of finished case, snap installed, nothing is visible from outside, looks neat.
Felted case with magnetic snap
At first the case is half-felted:

And this is what I am going to install - the 4-part snap. 


Look at the thickness of the felt where I'm going to put the snap.

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Found the position of the part, which is going to the flap. Press it hard so that prongs leave marks.

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Make 2 small slits by sharp scissors or craft knife and push prongs through.

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Place a washer so that prongs are through it and fold them. Press them hard so that they are flat. I use a larger scissors and a ruler as a base.

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Put a 2-4 layers of very loose weave and thin fabric on the top. I use piece of cotton scrim. It will strengthen the constraction and still let the wool go through

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Add some wool of matching colour and soap it thoroughly.

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That's how the flap looks inside.

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Now put together both parts of snap.

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Fold the flap and press snap hard so that it leaves marks on the body of the case.

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Now repeat as above:

- Make 2 small slits by sharp scissors or craft knife and push prongs through.

- Place a washer so that prongs are through it and fold them. Press them hard so that they are flat.

- Put a 2-4 layers of very loose weave and thin fabric on the top.

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Add some wool of matching colour and soap it thoroughly. If you are not sure that the new wool sticks to the prefelted base you can needlefelt it a little bit.

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Keep felting your case until it's done.

That's how it looks finished:

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I hope you find it helpful. If there are any questions just ask!

P.S. It's not my idea actually... 

8 comments:

  1. Thank you Galina, this is a very clear tutorial and your photos are an amazing help to understand the process. Thanks again! :)

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    1. Thank you Ruth! There a lot of tutorials on magn.snap installation but not as a part of felting. I hope it will be useful for felters!

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  3. Really good tutorial and a beautiful case.

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  4. I had wondered how to do this, thank you for a great tip!

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    1. I'm pleased that you find it useful, Karen!

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