A little bit of Dorset in a little Tin!

Those of you who have known me for some time,  know that I love working in ‘little’.  I love the quirkiness of making little things, and I’ve made things in tins before and posted them on the blog here, but not very often.  However, just as the world turns, I’m kind of coming back to tins again. I first began making things in tins about 25 years ago, (obviously I was only … ooo…  erm ...  two and a half at the time – cough-fibber-cough), and I remember the Master Craftsman – who was teaching me to sculpt in clay –  commenting many times that …  “… It’s all in the details with you, Cobs, isn’t it!”.  He noticed something that had never occurred to me – but once he said it, I could see that indeed, it really was!

Portland Bill Lighthouse in a Tin 1
Will you open the box …. or will you take the money?!!!

But anyhoo …. Mr.Cobs has a friend who lives back where we used to live – (someone Cobs Snr. used to work with) – who comes and visits every now and again, and both of them go out and make a day of having jolly fun together, eating, visiting places of interest, and generally doing what lads like to do.  Well, Mr.Cobs Friend is coming in a few weeks for a visit, and I got to thinking that here I was, making things for __________ (fill in blank space), but I’d never made anything for him.  So I set about thinking of what I could make him which would be a memory of Dorset (where we now live).

I know that when he comes to visit this time, Mr.Cobs and he have made a plan to get on a boat and go over to Brownsea Island.  Now … I will freely admit that since we’ve lived in Dorset, I’ve had absolutely no inclination to visit the island.  I will sometimes sit in the harbour on the mainland, with a coffee, and get the binoculars out to have a bit of a nose at what’s going on around the island – but have never wanted to go.

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island – circled to make it easier to spot.

When I found out the chaps planned to go there, I thought I could make something relating to Brownsea Island, as a surprise for Mr.Cobs Friend, which he could take home.  BUT . . . after doing some research I was stumped about what on earth I could fit into a little tin Diorama,  which would be interesting, but also decorative, if he and his wife wanted to display the gift. which related to Brownsea Island.   Nothing.  My brain gave me either a red squirrel or a tree.  No.  Those wouldn’t do at all!

Brownsea Island – A link to the National Trust Website  if you’d like to see/read about the island.

So I had to think about other places which might be on the agenda for another time, and Portland Bill Lighthouse popped into my head.  The more I thought about it the more solid it became – so …. I made it.  Well …  I made an artist’s impression of just the actual lighthouse.  It does have a cottage building attached to it – but I chose not to include that as it would have made the tin too crowded – so just made the lighthouse itself, from lightweight clay (so that the tin remained light in weight) – adding the windows, door, the ‘foghorn’ sounder on the side …  and the railing around the walkway which runs around the big lamp at the top.

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I set the lighthouse atop of some ‘Portland rock’well, an artistic impression of it anyway. 

Portland Stone is a limestone which has been used for centuries and can be seen in many buildings such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.  (you can read more about this on Wikipedia by clicking  HERE)

Behind the lighthouse you can see a section of map which shows the position of Portland Bill Lighthouse,  and on the inside of the lid [of the tin] is a little bit of information relating to Portland Bill Lighthouse.

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For anyone interested in reading more about Portland Bill – I offer two clickable links:

Trinity House  – a website which gives information about a lot of the Lighthouses here in the UK – but this link will take you directly to the Portland Bill page.

Wikipedia – Portland Bill – a short read.

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You can just about see the flag waving in the breeze, on top of the Lighthouse – it’s the British Red Ensign, which is the flag used by civilian vessels.

The tin is roughly the size of an Altoids Tin – at (approx) 95mm x 60mm x 20mm (ish).  And …  the lighthouse isn’t flat backed (which it seems to look in the photos).  When I created it, I made it completely round from base to top.  So when you look at it, you can turn the tin a little, and see around to the back.

Ohh…. and yes, those really are teeny tiny,  real  sea shells in front of the tin!  So delicate and so pretty.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to in the last few days, in my newly painted craft room.  I’m still in a bit of a fiddle with the organisation – but my fingers were itching to make and create, so I left everything as it was, and instead sat and made something.  I could stand it no longer!  (A gals gotta do what a gals gotta do!).

Thank you so much for coming for a visit.  I love to see you here.  Do let me know that you’ve been and shared a coffee moment with me.  I love to know who I’m talking to – so just say ‘hello’ in a comment if you can’t think of anything to say, and I promise I’ll say hello right back!

Wishing you a truly blessed Monday and a happy week ahead.  Everything here in Great Britain is gearing up for the Royal Wedding in a week and a bit’s time.  Flags and bunting are coming out all over the land.  It’s all looking very jolly!  Anything going on where you live?

Sending you much love and squidges ~ 

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52 thoughts on “A little bit of Dorset in a little Tin!

  1. Well Hello Cobs, you just know that I love that little tin. I have never tried using clay for any reason, but I should love to make something like this. I do have the tins collected already. We also have another thing in common – JOMO – the Joy of Missing out ! I so understand you having no interest at all in going across to that Island. It’s like going on safari – I have no interest in that either. I am happy to know that the animals are there, minding their own business I do not need to don my safari suit and hop aboard a jeep to confirm this is true. Your lucky friend will love his memento of the trip. So happy you have christened your craftroom. X

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    1. Hello Barbara 😀
      Like me, you’re a tins collector too! Aw … I cant bear to throw some things away when I hold them in my hand and ‘feel’ the potential of it being something more than just an empty tin.
      (I even have little sardine tins and small foody tins in what I call my ‘Recyclables Box’, which is stored under my desk. lol)

      You’ve hit the nail on the head regarding visiting the Island, and going on Safari. Like you, I have no desire to go on a Safari trip. The animals don’t come and wander around my home and I don’t see why I should upset the system by going and wandering around theirs. You and I are talking as one. We don’t need to see the animals from a jeep, just to know that they’re there. 🙂

      Aw Barbara, thank you so much for coming, and for taking the time to have a coffee moment with me. It’s been wonderful, chatting with you. Thank you also for your kind words.

      OH …. and yes – do have a play with some clay! It’s lots of fun.
      Sending love and lots of hugs Cobs. xxx

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  2. Love your little Altoid tin. I have three tins that I was going to make some sort of fairie thingy, but haven’t gotten around tuit yet. There is a joke here somewhere. I read something about “round tuit”, I will have to find it now, it’s going to bother me until I do. 🙂
    Glad you are enjoying your “new” craft room. I am also glad that Mr. Cobs friend is coming to visit and that they will have some “guy time”. Like us women, they need to have some time to have fun and let lose. 😉
    We, the girls, usually go second hand store shopping. One of us usually finds a treasure or two, and sometimes all of us do. There is a little town called Sidney here, and it’s full of great shops and it’s by the sea, so you can grab a snack and go sit by the ocean. I love the ocean. My Dad was a lovely of going fishing and he rarely came home empty netted. I miss my Dad.
    Well that is about it on this end Cobs. The weather has been divine, got out in the garden. Transplanted my maple tree from the garden bed to the front of the house but it’s not looking very happy yet. It’s day 4 of being moved and the wee leaves are all wilted. Not happy. It is such shock of having its roots ripped and cut. Poor tree. A wee bird landed on one of the branches, looked so cute so hoping this will brighten up the tree a bit. ❤
    Looking forward to this wedding of the royals. It's always interesting to see all those hats.
    hugs from BC

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    1. Hello Soozy 😀
      Ohh, your Altoid tins would suit a fairy diorama perfectly! I have a plan for a fairy tin soon – so perhaps we could both do one at the same time! Aw, even if we don’t …. do make one yourself Soozy. I know that you’d be tickled pink with it.

      You’re right – the guys in our lives need ‘guy time’ – just as we girls need a little girl time sometimes.

      Your trips to the charity shops sound like my sort of fun. We have a charity shop here which I visit and frequently come away with something or other that I either use in crafting, or a little trinket of one sort or another.

      Aw can you imagine you and I visiting your craft store there? Two gigglers. We’d likely be thrown out for laughing too much and causing a fuss. LOLOLOL.

      I hope that your little Maple Tree rallies round and eventually begins to feel at home in the garden at the front of your property. A regular water, and a bit of comforting chat with it now and again, and me praying for it … well, I think if we keep hope alive in our hearts, then we’re doing everything we possibly can to nurture it to good health.

      Thank you so much for coming Soozy, and for your fabulous comment. I hope you have a great time watching all those Hats on the Royal Wedding day. (We’re using the occasion as a perfect excuse to hold an afternoon tea party. I’m looking forward to it). 😀

      Sending much love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. You have been creatively busy my dear. Yea! What a cute wonderful gift for Mr. Cobs friend. He will be blown away(.If not let us know and we will handle him for sure) “I love that you are back to “small” things. You do them so well. Not sure my fingers would fashion something so small. I bet Little Cob is pleased as punch to see this and know his Grammy is back in production. Carry on Mrs.Cob. xoxo

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    1. Hello Beverly. 😀
      Aw it’s lovely to be back ‘making’ in my craft room. I’ve missed my play time.

      I’m absolutely certain that you could create a diorama Beverly. You take such care over those incredible flowers that you make, that I can see this would be something very easy to you, if you just give yourself chance to get used to playing with the clay. You’d soon be turning out something you’d be proud of!

      Little Cobs … well so long as his Grammy spends time with him doing something, he’s a happy chap. It can be reading, or playing a game, or just making a card which he ‘sends’ to his mommy and daddy. Bless his heart.

      I found your email a couple of days ago … a reply will be coming.
      Thank you for coming Bev, and for your lovely comment.
      Sending love – as always ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello Kathy 😀
      Aw, thank you, my lovely blogging friend. What a kind thing for you to say. I’m all wriggly now. lol
      Bless you.
      Thank you – both for coming and sharing a coffee moment with me, and for the beautiful comment.
      Sending love and squidges your way ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. Oh Cobs I LOVE IT! I adore lighthouses! There’s a Christian song (for kids, complete with actions) called my lighthouse and it was the teenager’s baptism song…so they always make me think of that….you’re so clever! Squidges xx

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    1. Hello Anna 😀
      Now this is going to sound like I made it up but . . . I thought of you as I was making this. A random thought popped into my mind and said loud and clear: “Anna will like this.”

      Now I have no idea where that came from, or why. We’ve never discussed Lighthouses – so why this little voice whispered that into my last remaining brain cell is a total mystery to me. I even said out loud, to the dog (who was laying on the floor of my craft room, snoring and f@rting for England) – “Well that was random, Cobs!”

      How strange is that!
      I was blown away when I read your comment.

      Aww, I’m tickled pink that you like it Anna.
      Not sure about me being clever – one brain cell does not help me with anything resembling ‘clever’. LOL.

      Thanks for coming. It’s always a treat to see you.
      Sending much love on this glorious day. ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Awww, thank you Hannah! I’m just tickled pink that you like it.

      Yes, you’re right – there is something special about the coast and lighthouses, … beach huts … buckets and spades … flags and bunting … ice cream on the beach … sand between your toes … a picnic on the sand with sandwiches, crisps, biscuits, fruit and … bloomin’ seagulls trying to steal anything they can get their feet on! LOL.

      It’s a totally glorious day here in Dorset, the sun has shone all day and the beaches have been filled with happy, smiling people. Wish you were here. …. or anywhere that you can feel the sand beneath your feet and the ocean ‘shusshing’ over your toes.

      Thanks for the lovely comment Hannah.
      Sending squidges your way ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello Salpal
      I haven’t been able to blog for a few weeks, so I haven’t visited blogs or commented either, so that makes two of us!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Dorset is a lovely little place, and we get some really nice holiday makers too.
      Hope you get to visit soon – and I recommend a stroll along Sandbanks – if only to drool at the properties there. 😀

      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Enjoying a cider out in the garden after 4 days grafting potting up some pots. I bought a Jasmine last year and nursed it all through the winter months and then it turned up its nose at me and wilted away in the April cold snap. Turns out it was a half hardy jasmine so bought 3 new ones (safety in numbers don’t you know) which are hardy and will withstand -5c so that’s what Iv’e been potting up. Only ever decorated one Altoid tin for a button swap I did yrs ago . Got put off as my swapper claimed she never received it and then had the cheek to tell me mine from her was obviuosly lost in the post too!! What’s the odds on that happening !!!!. Love your little lighthouse. Never been to Brownsea Island but hubby has.
    Well nice chatting but the cider is finished so time to go. Hugs Mrs A.

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    1. Hello Valery Anne 😀
      Jasmine … ooooo, one of my favourites. It has such a heady scent. I grew some up a trellis at our old cottage, but like you, I had a job at first getting it to take up residence. So I had a jolly good word with it and told it that there would be no more shilly shallying about and it was to grow, please!
      It grew!

      I used to walk down the garden and go and sit with the Jasmine, just so I could drink in the heady perfume. Absolutely dreamy. I think I need to try a Jasmine in the garden I now have. I’m so happy that you brought it up, because it reminded me and now urges me on to do something about growing another one. 😉

      Aw, rotten luck regarding the little Tin swap. I want to believe that your swapper was telling the truth and not telling you a tall tale, but both the tins getting lost in the post just kind of doesn’t feel quite right somehow. But … we’ll never know.

      Ahhh Cider … I love the taste, but can only drink a little of it, or I get filled up with bubbles! LOL.

      Thanks for coming Mrs. A, and for the lovely comment.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  6. What a wonderful clever little gift, amazingly detailed. In love with it Cobs, such a talented lady. You gave me a blast from the past reading this. You see, my brother has lived in Wareham, Dorset for 30 plus years and I use to go there often. On one of my visit, my brother decided to walk me (yes, I thought I was fit too) from Wareham to Arne (6 miles!), which as you probably know, is about as close as you can get to Brownsea Island. It was amazing, we saw the wonderful area as we went and the beautiful wild deer, but then we walked back…..well almost! My sister-in-law had to come and rescue me on the last mile as my legs simply wouldn’t walk no more!! In fact it took 3 days to walk without looking like John Wayne, but I will never forget that day for the shear beauty of the landscape and the pain of course 🙂 Thank you for my wonderful memory! Hugs x

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    1. Hello Kim!
      Tickled pink that you like the little Portland Bill Lighthouse in a Tin, and how lovely the memories from your past are!

      But … oh my goodness!!! A walk of 6 miles to Arne, and then 6 miles back?!! No wonder you had to organise a rescue mission to get you back again. Flippin’ heck!!

      I’m not surprised that it took your body days to recover. Just thinking about it makes me ache!

      I’m told that Brownsea Island is very beautiful, but I think you need to be a good enough walker to actually appreciate it in it’s fullness. Sadly, walking a distance isn’t my ‘talent’, so I’ll wait for the chaps to come home and tell me about it, and show me a gazillion photos. 😀

      Thank you so much for coming Kim, and for sharing your wonderful memories. I sat here grinning and wincing as I watched the scene open up inside my mind. Loved it! ❤

      Sending much love ~ Cobs. xxx

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            1. Ohhh… then in that case … I’d LOVE to be your heart sister! It will be an easy step as I love you already, so this is just like tying a bow on the heart strings which draw us together. ❤ ~ ❤
              Perfect! xxx

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  7. How pretty!!!!! I absolutely love this!!!!!! I love coastal everything. It is beautiful and creative!!!!!! Fabulous job my friend…you never cease to amaze with your artistic talents. I absolutely love visiting and having coffee and seeing what you have made! xoxoxoxoxoxo =) Thank you for sharing… Have a beautiful day! =) ❤

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    1. Hello fabulous Tam!
      Aww, I’m thrilled to pieces that you like the Little Portland Bill Lighthouse in a Tin.

      But … “artistic talents?” ME? Eh? You must be thinking of someone else! I only have one brain cell, and I’m convinced that it’s not big enough to hold artistic talents! lol

      I love seeing you Tam, and am always like an excited child when I see your name here. Thank you so, so much for joining me for a coffee moment. Spending time with you is such a joy.

      Thanks for coming, and for the truly lovely message.
      Love you heaps. Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  8. now this is more like it-so glad to see your post Such a lovely gift. I am so happy fort he royal family. So much happiness lately! The new Prince is a doll! and now the wedding! Last time I made a biscuit cake as Prince William had! Maybe I will fix lemon for the next Sunday Dinner! love you so much! your rabbit

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    1. Hello Rabbit. Yes, it’s great to be back crafting and making again.

      The new Royal Prince – Louis – have you seen the photographs of him and his sister Charlotte? So, so sweet.

      Lemon cake … aww, make sure you have a bite for me, Rabbit. I love lemon cake!
      Thank you for coming, my beautiful friend.
      Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. I read this post and one word just kept coming back over and over to me: Charming. That tin with the little lighthouse is utterly charming! I love tiny things and for some reason I have accumulated tins from various mints etc. I have never thought of using them this way. I stand in awe of you Cobs.
    You make me want to do things that are beyond me….and if my husband read this he would heave a big sigh and get worried that my crafting umbrella would have more under it again! LOL.
    He keeps telling me I am getting more hobbies and I keep reassuring him that that is not so…..my hobby is crafting and it is just a huge umbrella that covers many many different things to do!

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    1. Hello Chicken! 😀
      I’m thrilled to pieces that you like the little tin. Thank you, my lovely friend.

      Aww, how wonderful that you have a bunch of empty tins … you could go wild with those, making little diorama’s, or even using them as a fun way for keeping Grandchildren busy when they come to stay.

      I used to give my girls a matchbox during the long summer holidays from school, which school children here in the UK get – 6 weeks. Well they can get bored, so inventive and cheap ways of keeping their attention worked brilliantly.

      I would give them each a matchbox and tell them that they had to fill it with things they found in and around the house – but they could only put one of each thing inside the matchbox (so no putting twenty pennies or one hundred blades of grass! No cheating, was the rule. lol)

      It wasn’t a competition, but it was something that they’d have to keep a mind of wanting to find something that would impress me with their thinking.

      Those girls came up with ideas that I wouldn’t ever have thought they could have. So your tins could come in useful for that kind of project …. but of course … you could also go back to doing your own thing and making, perhaps, a diorama of an aspect of your home. Inside or out. Chicken coop? Shed? A tree which you have a family history with so it means something magical to the family in general?

      Maybe you could get some of your gal pals interested in doing something too and make a day to all get together around your table, and create what they have in mind, or what they’ve done a sketchy drawing of, and then create it in miniature inside a tin!

      The twiggy sticks left over from Grapes could be dried out and become trees – empty in winter, or with ‘leaves’ on in summer. (leaves could be made from teeny tiny bits of cut up paper – in two or three colours of green, then fixed to the grape tree simple with PVA or craft type glue.

      Awww…. look, I don’t want to give you a memory to make for that could interfere with your actual thinking process and stop you from doing something wonderful that would mean the world to you. So I won’t go on with suggestions.

      But … if you go for it … please do share it with us all. Don’t be shy. There is no right way to do it. The only way to do this sort of thing is YOUR way.

      As for that umbrella … Chicken Grandad only has to look at the size of his own umbrella to know that he cannot sniff at the size of yours in comparison. LOL

      Thanks for coming Chicken, and for staying to chat. LOVE chatting with you. (But you know that already! lol)
      Sending much love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  10. Oh my, that’s TINY! I would need to wear bifocals over my bifocals to work on something that tiny! Oh, they eyes are not as good as they used to be! LOL! I adore this little goody and I’m sure Mr Cobs’ friend will too! Love it! 🙂

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    1. Hello Nancee. 😀
      Aww it’s such a huge pleasure to see you here.

      I can relate to every word you say about eyesight. SO bloomin annoying when working on little things – but … I have a ‘lifesaver’ … I have three magnifying glasses in my craftroom.
      One a hand held thing which used to belong to my mum and comes in handy for some things.
      Another which is one that’s attached by a long, flexible arm to my lamp on my right, and it;s brilliant! I love it and wouldn’t be without it. (The lamp combination cost a few pennies, but worth every single one of them).
      And finally, on my right, I have another craft lamp which has a flip open ‘lid’ on the top, and when opened it reveals a magnifying glass!

      I use them all for various things depending on what I want to see, and I highly recommend them all. They’re brilliant.

      Regarding the tin for Mr.Cobs friend …. I lay in bed the other night, just about to drop off to sleep and a little thought crept into my mind and switched on a light bulb inside my head. WHAM! I ‘saw’ what I could make, still in a tin, for Mr.Cobs Friend which would relate totally to Brownsea Island …. So I began work on it the following day! I hope to have it finished in the next few days, and then I can share that little tin with every one.

      If you like the Lighthouse, I think you’ll like what I’ve put inside this new tin. 😀

      Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me Nancee. I love chatting with you.
      Sending much love and a bunch of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello John 🙂 Happy Monday!
      I can see you making a good few of these, filled with memories from your trips out, and from your crafting around the UK trips.
      They’d be fabulous displayed on shelves …. and so much better than photos too!

      Thank you so much for coming John. It’s so lovely to see you.
      Tickled pink that you like the idea enough to have a go yourself.
      Sending much love and a sandy bucket of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  11. What a dinky little lighthouse, I just love miniature things! My sister and I even used to get all giggly over travel-sized toiletries (simple things…).
    What kind of clay did you use? All the lightweight ones I’ve tried ended up being really crumbly and dusty, but yours looks perfect

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    1. Hello QuietW.Craft.
      I like mini things too and have done since I was a child.

      The clay .. if your clay is getting crumbly and dusty it could be either that it’s a warm day and the humidity isn’t great, so the clay is drying out both with the humidity in the room, and the warmth of your hands.

      Or … it could be that you’re handling it too much. Don’t expect the clay to be ok after you’ve been playing with it for a while. Imagine that you are playing with pastry. If you over-worked (say) shortcrust pastry, it would be no good after a very short time. When cooked it would be awful to eat – hard, thick, and not the wonderful thing you hoped it would be.

      If you’re trying to achieve something with clay, and you don’t get the result – then try again, but after the second ‘go’ try adding a little water to your hand, and then rubbing your hands together. THEN try to make your thing again with that bit of clay, and hope for the best.

      Going back to my early 20’s I trained as a sculptor – not for anything other than the sheer joy of it. Although I did sell some of my things – it was never meant to be a ‘business’ – for I knew that making it a business would remove the fun and joy.
      But …it’s this training that perhaps gives me a better understanding of clay, and enables me to work in ways that aren’t foreign to me, but perhaps would be to a new to clay crafter.

      Stick with it. If you really want to work with clay, your determination will get you there.
      But … don’t feel like a let down if you don’t manage what you desire. Try paper mache’ instead. That can bring about great results!

      Hope this helps.
      Thank you for coming and for your kind comment.
      Have a lovely Wednesday ~ Cobs. 😀

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    1. Hello Sharon. 😀
      No, I haven’t seen the film, and in fact I hadn’t even heard of it! So … I put things to rights and went in search of information on Google … ohhh it looks like the sort of film I’d enjoy, so I’m going to have to see if it’s showing on any of the movie channels.

      Thank you for coming, and for taking the time to comment. Bless you.
      I will go in search of that movie now.
      Have a blessed rest of your day ~ Cobs 😀

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