Re: Not so great first time results


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Posted by Maureen on August 31, 2002 at 15:03:41:

In reply to: Not so great first time results posted by Nadia on August 31, 2002 at 13:31:10:

Hi Nadia,

You pretty much experienced the problems you can have with a cone.
It takes a bit of time to perfect your technique and your cone. You
are not the first and only person to get the paste squirting out from
unexpected areas of the cone and ending up with orange hands.

My advice is always to work on and perfect your technique with one
application tool prior to moving on to the next. The reason for that
is, that in situations like the one you are in today, you would not
want to be experimenting on the design you want on you. When you
want the public to see your work, go with your strength. That is not
the time to be practicing. I don't even recommend practicing and
learning the ins and outs and likes and dislikes with a new henna
powder when wanting a paste for a particular gig...unless you know
that you have enough lead time to practice and allow a not so perfect
design to disappear prior to the event.

If j-bottles are what you do your best work with right now, that is
what I suggest that you use when it is important to have your best
designs on your skin and/or to put your best design work on someone
eles's skin. I am sure that with sufficient practice in making or
securing your cones and then practicing creating your designs with
the cones, they you will become proficient with them. But, until
then, stick with what gives you the most success when you have a gig
to do.

In the end, what that will lead you to is proficiency with two tools
for application. With that proficiency, then you have a choice based
upon preference or desire. Until then, I recommend making your
decision related to what tools or techniques or even designs to use
based upon your own individual strengths...especially when you want
to shine.

The applicator bottle, even though some people get finger strain, is
the easiest application tool to pick up and learn to use. But even
the applicator bottle requires some getting use to and adjustments
being made in your paste and how you make it, based upon what tip you
choose to use.

Cones are not easy. Making them requires some time and practice and
finding the right tape to keep your paste inside the cone and coming
out only at the tip. Using them requires practice, practice and more
practice. I think mainly because it is an unfamiliar feel to the
hand and requires some adjustments. Seems the people adjusting to
the cones the fastest have also had some experience in cake design
and the use of those sort of bags and tips. Then they have less of
an adjustment to make than folks with no such experience.

Syringes are also a challenge for similar reasons.

With any of the application tools, you will experience some of the
difficulties experienced by most people using them. And, then you
may also experience a difficulty no one else has had. I struggled
for a few weeks trying to solve the air pocket in my syringe vial. A
problem no one else seemed to have had. So, my advice: Work with
one tool until you have gotten your skills with it such that you are
not struggling with it. Everyone is going to struggle with clogs
every now and then. Clogs are caused by a number of things and know
what they are can help you to solve for them when they occur. It is
when working with one tool over and over and over again until you
know it intimately and can make predictions about what it will or
will not do, what you can do with it and what you can not do, that
you can then put it to work for you.

Don't set yourself up for surprises and disappointments with tools,
styles, henna powders, new recipes, designs, etc., when you are
preparing for a gig. Trying new things is best left when you have
time for the inevitable mistakes and flukes that come with trying new
things.

Take care.

Maureen

 


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