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Frazzeled can not be spelled with a,e,j,l,n,o, r,x,y. Relax and enjoy can, that is what this hobby is about. Remember older hands may not be as nimble as younger ones, and if there have been injuries well that adds to. So maybe you need to give yourself a percentage off error ratio.
Dont give up some times less than perfect is more beautiful.
Keep trying to glean all the good info and techniques you can but in the end remember that is just one version. In the end make it yours with your own twist.
I love to learn how to do stuff and then go break all the rules and make my own version.
You have a great philosophy, Jo.
The instructor of the polymer clay course I am taking is a classic OCD personality and most of his students merrily follow in his footsteps. If he was a quilter he would make those quilts with precisely pieced tops with millions of pieces that are obsessively quilted to death and he would win the prizes at the biggie shows.
But claying is fun in that if you make mistakes you can squish the clay, start over and re-do a piece. LOL (Okay, maybe not if there are 24 layers.)
I love the ombre effect! Slice, put a hole near the top, and make some to-die-for rectangular beads.
Sue in IL
So, what is to become of this fine stack of skinny little layers? Will it really matter if you are 1/8th of an inch off? I know in quilting that if a few of you seams are 1/8th of an inch off it will mess up your block, but if you are consistent all the way through, you would be OK. You are learning and doing fine, don't worry about your OCD instructor or fussy fellow students.
Hah! Looks like the old grump has given me a thumbs up.
Today we will get a lesson on how to slice this striped cane with a carrot peeler gadget . We will create thin slices to make veneers that we will bake.
Have fun with it. We will be looking forward to seeing the final product!
That 1/8th of an inch makes a difference? This must be for your class.
Woo Hoo! Not as OCD as you thought.
Here's what I will be struggling with today.
Somehow his demonstration videos make the task look easy but the reality is something else ...
Hanging my head in shame I will share my butchered slices. The one on the left in this photo is the first and they get better as you move to the right. By about slice #7 or #8 they begin to look reasonable.