needle felted globe necklace fail

So here’s the fail. I found this blue ball in my crafting supplies and thought it looked like a globe. Since I’ve been doing a lot of felting projects, I logically thought I could needle felt a few continents onto the ball, string a chain through it, and have a super cool globe necklace. Looking back, I wonder why I thought my first thought was logical.

needle felted globe necklace fail

First, I took way too long to thread this chain through the blue ball. Then I found some green wool roving that I thought would be perfect for North America, South America, Africa, etc. I stabbed the shapes into the blue ball. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to get good looking shapes. I used this mini vintage globe as a reference. Looking at the finished project you probably wondered whether I used any reference for the shapes at all. I really did. Once I was done with the continents, I put the necklace on and thought…Yuck. I don’t think I’d ever wear this. It’s too much like a ball hanging around my neck.

needle felted globe necklace fail

Here I am wearing the failed necklace. See that expression? It says no, I don’t think so.

needle felted globe necklace fail

Any ideas what I can do with this? I thought maybe I could add a thread loop, remove the chain and use it as a Christmas ornament. Beyond that, my creativity has hit a wall.

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11 Responses to Globe Necklace Fail

  1. Hahaha!!! You know what, ALL of us hit a wall when it comes to creativity! Thanks for sharing your ups and downs because I loved reading something that I can relate to! Thanks for coming to party with us at Whimsy Wednesday!

    Smart! School {House}

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Kelly! Glad you can relate. :) I always appreciate when people share what didn’t work – it only helps the rest of us avoid the same mistakes. Thanks for hosting another fun party!

  2. Peggy says:

    I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy.

  3. Carol says:

    If you had put the string through at a higher point…it would look more like a pendant. ??

    • Betsy says:

      That’s a possibility. There was already a pre-made hole in the ball, so I used what was there, even though it wasn’t really designed to have a chain shoved through it. Thanks, Carol!

  4. Jamie D says:

    Well, *I* like it. And my 8-year-old-loves-anything-to-do-with-geography daughter would wear it…if only grown-ups could be 8 again! :) Or, yeah. Awesome Christmas ornament!

  5. Your authenticity is golden! LOVE your honesty! It might make a great kitty toy?!?!

  6. T'onna says:

    Sorry the globe necklace didn’t work out like you planned, but I love that globe bank! I collect piggy banks for my daughter, and I love unique banks. :-) Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!


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