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Posted by Nadia on August 31, 2002 at 18:09:04:

In reply to: Re: Not so great first time results posted by Maureen on August 31, 2002 at 15:03:41:

: Maureen,
Thanks for the wisdom.
I managed to strain my paste through some pantyhose and it's flowing
much better now.
I did a lovely design on my ankle and foot to make up for my messy
hands, I'll steer people toward my foot and not my 'scratch pad
hands' for an example.
Sigh, so much to learn.
My life was pretty darn full BEFORE my henna obsession, but I'm
hooked, what can I say?
Thanks again,

Hi Nadia,
: You pretty much experienced the problems you can have with a
: It takes a bit of time to perfect your technique and your cone.
: are not the first and only person to get the paste squirting out
: 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
: is, that in situations like the one you are in today, you would
: 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
: 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
: design to disappear prior to the event.
: If j-bottles are what you do your best work with right now, that
: 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
: 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
: to do.
: In the end, what that will lead you to is proficiency with two
: for application. With that proficiency, then you have a choice
: upon preference or desire. Until then, I recommend making your
: decision related to what tools or techniques or even designs to
: based upon your own individual strengths...especially when you
: to shine.
: The applicator bottle, even though some people get finger strain,
: the easiest application tool to pick up and learn to use. But
: the applicator bottle requires some getting use to and adjustments
: being made in your paste and how you make it, based upon what tip
: choose to use.
: Cones are not easy. Making them requires some time and practice
: finding the right tape to keep your paste inside the cone and
: out only at the tip. Using them requires practice, practice and
: 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
: 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
: not struggling with it. Everyone is going to struggle with clogs
: every now and then. Clogs are caused by a number of things and
: what they are can help you to solve for them when they occur. It
: 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
: 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
: things.
: Take care.
: Maureen


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