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« on: June 14, 2008 09:36:46 PM »

I tried polymer clay for the first time today, and I failed at trying to make a cupcake even with looking at a tutorial. So do I completely suck? Or is it one of those patience is a virtue thing?

Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2008 04:17:29 AM »

You do not suck, it is all a learning experience. Keep playing with the clay and you will succeed. It takes time to master anything you do, so don't expect to get everything right the first time, heck I have been working with polymer clay for 19 years and I still don't get everything right.LOL

I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Don't give up, just have fun with it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2008 10:15:54 AM »

Many things take a bit of patience and just familiarity with the materials and handling methods!
Sometimes you can luck into a good combination of those things as well as being able to apply what you might already know from a lifetime of using your hands, etc., but that doesn't always happen either.   Everyone can learn though, regardless of what they bring to the experience. 
It's also true that craftsmen and artists always improve (and can more easily innovate as well) after they've done bascially the same thing a number of times, so that can be a factor too --and even when they're doing things that look great to others, they may feel that they haven't "mastered" it at all.   

So the best thing might be to just try again.  If you're still having significant problems, try to figure out just what isn't working the way you want.  Describe those things here, or just work on them on your own.  If, for example, your shapes aren't coming out the way you want, the problem could be anything from using too-soft clay (certain brands, heat of your hands or the air, not letting the clay rest, etc.) to pressing/rolling/pushing too hard or not hard enough, or not having started with a smooth ball/log/sheet of clay to begin with, and more.  Once you identify the problem, you may understand what to do instead or people may offer suggestions. 

It's also true that some people are just very precise and detail oriented in all kinds of things they do whereas others are more "organic" and don't worry about exactly straight lines, etc... so it may not be appropriate for you to be trying do something exactly the same way someone has has unless you just want to. 

Anyway, why don't you give more specifics about just what didn't work out the way you wanted?

P.S.  Patience is a virtue in almost everything, but patience may not feel boring and onerous if you're enjoying yourself ("playing") and/or you know you're figuring things out and learning about the material/technique.

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008 01:29:50 PM »

I don't think that one can ever truly master polymer clay.  There are so many different things that can be done.  The possibilities are nearly endless.

Don't get discouraged!  You just started.  Have a look at some different tutorials.  Try different techniques.  Some people have better luck with canework than sculpting.  You might want to give that a try.  Keep trying.  The good thing about polymer clay is that if you mess up, you can just smash it back into a ball and start over.  And, if all else fails, marble the colors together, roll it into a ball, poke a hole, and make a bead!

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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008 07:11:56 PM »

Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement, I'm getting better at it and trying new things. I will post some of the stuff I've made soon!
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2008 12:04:23 AM »

Hey, don't give up, you just started! It sounds simplistic, but the more you do it, the better you get- it's true. I picked up my first bar of clay in 2004 and pretty much never put it down  Wink. I clay every single day, even on vacation....not just because it's how I make my money, but also because I love it. I look back at some of my first pieces and I cringe, lol!! Now, I teach people how to make stuff in magazines Shocked ! I will never finish learning, ever. There is no such thing  Wink. Keep it up!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2008 04:29:45 PM »

Going by personal experience, i think it really depends not so much on you being a first timer, but how creative you are, and how easily you pick things up.

On my first attempts i made strawberry earrings, blended swirl beads for a necklace, and a black/pink fimo skull (which is mentioned in the clay craftalong voting thingie)

Fortunately for me i can do everything on a first attempt, even if i never try it again! Lol

Don't get discouraged, just keep trying and experiment. Or you can wait a bit till you get some inspiration  Grin
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