If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again

To finish some projects this week I worked with materials that I have never used before.  Here is the list of things that I played with this week:
1. Plasteline (sculpting clay)
2. Smooth-on (for mold making)
3. Sliced wood rounds
4. Wax
5. Felt

This was an exercise in learning.  Not only was this all new to me but new to other people as well.  So when I went to buy the materials and explained what I was doing there was little to no one who could give me any advice about how to do it.  So this entire week was an experiment.  In some ways I was excited to try out a new thing on other ways I was scared because I didn’t have any guidance.  I guess that is kind of how things are when you are learning something new.  I did make more than a mess this week, I learnes a few things.  I learned that things don’t work the first time.  I learned that sometimes you have to make more than one (or two, or three) to get one part of the process to work.  I also learned why Michelangelo and Jeff Koons have assistants.  Sometimes it takes more than one person to do a job or it is nice to have someone else do it for you.

During this week of learning I have been able to finish up some more of my unfinished projects.  Thank goodness!  It is nice to return to something that I know how to do.

Knit Birds

Knit Birds

I found these little guys in an egg crate.  This was my bird study.  I was trying to figure out how to make the bodies, tails and wings to make up different types of birds.  Seeing the birds finished now, makes me feel more hopeful about working with materials that I an unfamiliar with.  I guess we all begin not knowing much when we start something new.

Felt Flower

A flower for M

I made up this flower for a friend that recently needed a little smile.  I made the box like a large match box so that the flower could slide out.  I cut out the initial in felt and just glued it on to personalize it.  Wrapped it up and popped it in the mail.  There are so many times when I want to give someone flowers for one reason or another but am unsure of what flowers they like, if they have any allergies or if I can meet up with them to deliver the flowers.  Thanks to Not Martha, you can give hypoallergenic flowers any time of the year.  You can find her tutorial for the flowers here.  I love her blog!  Check her out if you haven’t already.  I got so into making these flowers I made up some for my bees.  It was a great way to use some of my grandmothers wool felt from the stash.

Felt Flowers

Felt Flowers

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