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Flocking
Ever felt that a tool is a little expensive don't feel you know whether should buy it or not. All you need is a little try.
Here is a simple and cheap alternative to making a flocking applicator, it may be all you need if you only make small items!
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Posted by Rebecca Skeels. from Farnham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Rebecca Skeels.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will need an electric fly swat like this.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 2
    Step 2

    And wire, a sieve, crocodile clips, polymorph or thick tape.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 3
    Step 3

    And some pliers, screwdrivers, batteries, tweezers, scissors and tape.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take the fly swat apart by removing the screws in the handle.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 5
    Step 5

    Keep hold of the screws as you will need them.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 6
    Step 6

    The button will be loose, so put that in a safe place too.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 7
    Step 7

    Undo the screw that had been revealed by the open handle.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 8
    Step 8

    Split open the racket part of the fly swat.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 9
    Step 9

    The live (red +) goes to the inside mesh and the other (green -) goes to the outside bars.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 10
    Step 10

    You only need to do this if your wires are not coloured

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 11
    Step 11

    You can dispose of the frame now.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 12
    Step 12

    Break the handle off the sieve.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 13
    Step 13

    Then cut the length of the sieve to the desired length.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 14
    Step 14

    Short enough to not interfere with the circuit board.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 15
    Step 15

    Long enough to hold in place.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 16
    Step 16

    I bend mine a little to clip in place.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 17
    Step 17

    You will now need to attach the crocodile clip.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 18
    Step 18

    Negative (green -) to crocodile clip, remove one.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 19
    Step 19

    When attaching the clip remember to feed the wire through the cover first.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 20
    Step 20

    Ensure the wire has good contact with the clip.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 21
    Step 21

    Positive (red +) goes to the sieve.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 22
    Step 22

    Tape this in place.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 23
    Step 23

    Then make sure all the pieces fit into the handle.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 24
    Step 24

    It is thinner than the fly swat so will need some padding to keep it in place.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 25
    Step 25

    I use polymorph but you could use card, duct tape, etc

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 26
    Step 26

    Make sure you put the screws in place while it sets.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 27
    Step 27

    Wait for the polymorph to set.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 28
    Step 28

    When the polymorph has set all you need to do now is put in the batteries.

  • Step 29

    Flock

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 30
    Step 30

    pva or wood glue, a brush and items to be flocked

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 31
    Step 31

    When flocking paint on some glue in a nice thin layer. You can also use nail varnish, if it is the same colour as the flock it will make a deeper richer colour, be careful your nail varnish doesn't dry before you get to flock the work.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 32
    Step 32

    Attach the crocodile clip to the piece.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 33
    Step 33

    Fill the sieve with enough flock for the area you wish to cover.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 34
    Step 34

    Press the button on the side of the applicator.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 35
    Step 35

    Sieve the flock onto the work, place the seive very close to the surface you are flocking, but not touching.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 36
    Step 36

    To flock a material that is not metal you will need a pin or piece of wire.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 37
    Step 37

    Put the pin or wire in the glue and attach the crocodile clip to it.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 38
    Step 38

    When you have finished wait for the glue to dry.

  • How to make jewelry. Flocking Applicator - Step 39
    Step 39

    Note: Flocking material does not mix too well.

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