This is just a quick post to clarify details of the hollow punches that I use to cut out my thick felt beads. The punches are often sold for use with leather and a good place to check out if you are looking to buy one is eBay, here is the link for our neck of the woods. I bought my set at a motor factors but Carmen got hers in Spain and they were much more expensive than mine but they do punch much better!
The edges seem to be very sharp and definitely cut out a nice crisp circle, the thick felt can be difficult to cut through and you need to have a piece of hardwood as a backing to lay the felt on as you work. Carmen’s set also has punches with a wider diameter than mine, if you do order a set try and go for one with sizes up to 30mm. When making the felt pad to punch for beads I like to lay out several different colours of wool and it is a good idea to have either a white or a yellow layer somewhere to provide a bit of contrast. I’m not sure why this image of a necklace I made before Christmas has been inserted so small but if you want to have a proper look at it check out my necklace set at Flickr. This green necklace is an example of a thinner pad punched in small beads and strung with sreen seed beads for contrast.