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(Bear with me, long explaination.)
Felt is really comfortable but many
forms of it are not easy to wash and
some forms of it can break apart in a
washing. Felt is made like paper and
can feasably be taken apart and put
back together by placing the wet
material on a mesh screen mold
letting it dry. Many felts are not
good for the long haul if you are not
careful with how you wash it.
...Or maybe that is what you are
trying to do. Imagine if there were
certain articles of clothing that we
weren't sentimentally attached to and
were reconstructed in a mold
everytime we wanted to wash them.
Crisp, clean clothing every time,
because it comes completely apart in
its own washing machine designed to
strain out the converted felt. No
more pesky stains because the
clothing in question has been
cleaned by the strand. Infact that
article of clothing doesn't exist any
more and could be poured into
another mold or the same shirt mold
and another dye could be applied.
A simple soy ink or food coloring
need be applied, nothing strong or
So the follow through would look like
this. You take your recyclable shirts
down to their respective washer, the
clothes come apart in the water and
then they are cleaned with hot water
and detergent. The rinsed material
sludge is then piped into one of the
screen molds where the dye is added
on the way. Leftover water can be
further strained and recycled or
drained along with the wash that falls
through the screen mold. Hot air is
forced through the screen to
promote drying and felting and after
the appropriate time the dryer alerts
you that you clothes may be done.
Lift up the top part of the mold and
peel your shirt off the screen. Pants
could be made by having slats in
them that a soft could fit around.
This idea could more feasably be a
take-out laundry service.
(Thank you for your time.)
Scroll down. It felt good. It good felt. [bungston, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]
How to destroy a tornado [RayfordSteele, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]
early, failed, similar idea by [FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
'cause bungston mentioned it and it's good. [DrBob, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]
||No more ironing! Build a statue of sartep! This seems so far out that it should be required to be included in any sci fi book for the next 2 years.
||There is that, isn't there. How long must we wait before man is able to control the weather anyway?
||You really need to immerse the
clothes in order to disolve them.
Also, the addition of soap with
conditioners to losen up the fibers
||It won't be waterproof but it will
have a degree of water resistance.
(Add borg line here.)
||"Is that a new shirt you're wearing?"
||Extra nifty! I award a croissant, which is made from the reprocessed and pressed crumbs from old croissants.
||I imagine a futuristic detective (like in Brin's _Kiln People_ - a fine read!) who tracks down people who obtained new clothes from the feltery on a certain day, looking for a coded thread or piece of evidence from the victim's clothing, since recycled.
||Would be great for those gaining or losing weight on tight budgets (there's a joke there somewhere, but I don't know what it is...). Pregnant women everywhere thank you (except perhaps during those sweltering summer months). This is a very clever idea, [sartep]. I like it. +
||What about buttons and fasteners? If I want a new shirt design, I buy a new screen mold?
||No, you could send out your
laundry if you don't want to buy a
new mold or something. Sorta like
you could convert your other
clothes into a tux for the day.
||Also, was considering that instead
of dyes the mold could also use an
ink jet printer for more complex
||[RayfordSteele], I did read that one. Maybe the near miss of Hurricane Claudette is still too fresh in my mind.
||Interesting article, Ray. I recall last fall the new young feller austere posted an idea about blowing up tornadoes with bombs. He wouldn't accept the naysayers so I wrote the guys from Vortex and got their thumbs-down on the idea.
||"This suits felt."
"No it's not, it's wool!"
"No, feel it."
"See? It's felt."
||Could the lint from the dryer be re-processed in this way?
||"I just love that soft, dusky pink color you've been wearing, eggy. Wherever do you find it?"
||How fabulous! No more fashion houses filling stores with
new ranges every season - they'd just send out their new
moulds and you could re-use the same fibres to get new
||They'd all have to be wool, though, wouldn't they?
Anything else would start to wear down after too much
felting. And sending your clothes out for
washing/re-moulding every time you wore them could get
expensive (not to mention time consuming)
||It depends on the type of felt. Some of
it comes apart after 5 min of washing.
Synthetic fibers could play a big part in
that as well, after all not all felt is wool.