Super Fail

@nonersays (2702)
United States
October 27, 2016 9:12pm CST
Today I failed again at making a craft out of polymer clay. I've tried clay crafts many times, and each time I find myself not doing so well. Todays project should have been simple, but I never did make it as far as finishing the base. I think I'm giving up on polymer clay. And it made me think about how much I want to be a crafter, but in reality 99% of my projects fail. Not just in an "Well that's not quite right" kind of way, but in an epic fail kind of way. Maybe I need to forget that I want to make crafts. Maybe I should stick to doing kindergarden crafts. Hello wiggle eyes and pipe cleaners, your queen has returned! Is there anything that you really want to do, but can't get it right no matter how many times you try?
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@freak369 (4851)
• United States
6 Nov 16
I wish I could get my hands on all of the polymer clay that people buy and end up throwing out because they get frustrated. Sometimes you have to go off the page and make your own art. The most important thing is to keep trying - even if you go through 200 crafts - eventually you will find your niche.
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@nonersays (2702)
• United States
8 Nov 16
I've not tossed all of my clay yet, but I'll probably end up gifting it to a friend. This was not my first foray into polymers, and I can never make the do what I want. I do love crafts though. I do best with kids crafts. I see a yarn and styrofoam tree in my future. And I made a CUTE watermellon box from a toilet paper roll that I'm using to store some washi tape in on my desk.
@paigea (21754)
• Canada
30 Oct 16
Your post made me chuckle. There are many crafts I can not do and clay, I know, would be one of them. I do like knitting and am gradually getting better at it. DH is wearing the slippers I made! I went to a class at the library and that helped.
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@nonersays (2702)
• United States
30 Oct 16
Knitting is another one I fail at. And crochet....not too good at that. I can make ONE thing with crochet. A small kind of granny square.
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@LadyDuck (148018)
• Switzerland
28 Oct 16
There are things that seem not to go right, I have tried dozens of time to make Bernaise sauce and I fail it almost all the time.
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• United States
28 Oct 16
I never tried working with polymer clay but maybe a tutorial on youtube would help you?
@nonersays (2702)
• United States
28 Oct 16
I've watched tons of tutorials. I just can't make it do what other people can make it do. Clay seems to be my nemesis.
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• United States
28 Oct 16
@nonersays Don't give up!!
@GardenGerty (96819)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Oct 16
I seem to have issues with everything, but I do keep trying. Have you ever made what they call "cold porcelain" I did years ago, and I found it really easy to work with. Search the topic, there are some gorgeous pieces. It is home made clay that includes cold cream and glycerine and white glue among other things. Once the pieces are dry they are very durable.It handles nicely and is cheaper than polymer clay.
@nonersays (2702)
• United States
28 Oct 16
At the rate I'm going with the pre-made polymer clay I doubt I'd be sucessful at making my own clay itself. lol Did I ever mention I can't even make salt dough? Nope, I just have to face that the clay crafts are not for me.
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@GardenGerty (96819)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Oct 16
@nonersays I hate salt dough and have very little luck with it. I spent seven years in a preschool as a para and had good luck with the play doh recipe we use, but this is pliable, and not crumbly. I also like the home made dough that is made with corn starch and baking soda. It dries more like plaster or bisque, Don't give up Noner.
• Peoria, Arizona
28 Oct 16
polymer seems very difficult! I have always wanted to try but you have to be so finesse with it. I hope you find a new project! Maybe give it a shot after watching some tutorials! I was like that with latch hooking.
@nonersays (2702)
• United States
28 Oct 16
The thing is, I've watched hours upon hours upon hours of tutorials. In theory I should have been able to sit down and quickly whip out what I wanted to do today. I guess I'm just better at watching other people make crafts than I am at making my own.
• Peoria, Arizona
3 Nov 16
@nonersays Well no that is not always the case. I have watched several people do latch hook and I still cannot get the hang of it. Sometimes our minds are not set to do something at the current point in time. Who knows, maybe in a few years it could be possible!