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  • Best Advice for Newbies

    What's your best bit of advice to Newbies - either to your craft or to the site (or both?)?

    Mine would be - don't be afraid to unpick! If it doesn't look right, take it apart and try again Better to waste a bit of thread than make something you're not proud of.
    "I was inoculated, very early in life, against all forms of magic and elfin whimsy, even when convincingly disguised as literature." Clive James
    Click the scales- rep points are for life, not just for Xmas!
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    Not sure if it's my best bit of advice or not, but I'd say to anyone who's afraid to try something new - Go on, give it a go, what's the worse that can happen?

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    • #3
      Have you tried unpicking 20k of soap?

      Mine would be learn from your mistakes,
      the definition of madness is to keep doing the same thing and to expect different results

      Jane
      www.just-soaps.com
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      • #4
        Can you unpick soap? I've never tried making soap before...
        "I was inoculated, very early in life, against all forms of magic and elfin whimsy, even when convincingly disguised as literature." Clive James
        Click the scales- rep points are for life, not just for Xmas!
        http://madlyswaps.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          it can be done - it is called rebatching - though often more trouble than it is worth.

          You will have to come on our next soapmaking course

          Jane
          www.just-soaps.com
          Twitter JUSTSOAPS
          FB www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Soaps/258910018463
          Natural Handmade Olive Oil Soaps and Skincare free from SLS, Parabens, and other Nasties

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          • #6
            Mine would be: Learn from everyone else's mistakes - it's cheaper!
            Gail x

            My Blog: http://gailburtonart.blogspot.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
              it can be done - it is called rebatching - though often more trouble than it is worth.

              You will have to come on our next soapmaking course

              Jane
              I have some friends in Leicester who I don't visit often enough....
              "I was inoculated, very early in life, against all forms of magic and elfin whimsy, even when convincingly disguised as literature." Clive James
              Click the scales- rep points are for life, not just for Xmas!
              http://madlyswaps.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Best advice...

                Mine would be to start buying storage containers as soon as you have an urge to start crafting cos your stash of stuff will soon take over most of the house and better to start storing as you mean to go on....
                Jane

                If beads were still currency, I'd be a millionaire!


                http://www.wildheartcrafts.co.uk/

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                • #9
                  Mine would be use what crafting delights you have straight away... because before long you will have so much stuff you forget what lovely things you already had and you never get around to using them.
                  Sarah

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                  • #10
                    Practice Makes Perfect!!!!
                    Diane
                    Reach for the moon-if you miss-you'll still be amongst stars




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                    • #11
                      Take record of everything you create- could be a photo, written description, record of materials used & cost - it's always handy to be able to refer back, and see how your crafting has progressed.
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                      • #12
                        To anyone starting a new craft then there are a couple of things that I would say...

                        * Don't believe everything that you read in books... in many crafts the 'recommended tools' list goes on forever, but many of these things aren't necessary for beginners, and in many cases a cheaper version will work just as well.

                        * Never be afraid to try something new in your craft... eg, in cardmaking there are dozens of different skills from decoupage and paper folding to heat embossing and stamping, with many many others as well. Just because you start with one style, then you don't have to stick to just that

                        * I'd recommend taking photographs of your work, it gives you something to refer back to for future inspiration or to see how your crafting has progressed or your styles have changed.

                        * Never be afraid to ask questions, opinions or advice from fellow crafters - we are all here to help each other and it's better to ask than to not know. Everyone had to start somewhere!!

                        Hope this helps

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