A gently does it day

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Don’t know what I ate yesterday but yuk last night ensued, hence today am wobbly, so wobbly jobs it is then.

Sneaking up on it from behind

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I like using bits of a sponge sanding block

I do mean bits – here I’ve cut a chunk from the corner of a fine faced block.

 

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Top row: One block, one set of ‘teeth’ marks from different sized scissors – you can gauge how frilly an edge you will get by how much you can cram into the jaws of the scissors and still cut.
Row two: Frilly bit between fingers on this face but sponge bit on side I can’t see so less damage done there whilst not looking.
Row three: The cut piece also gives one small and one large triangle with a right-angle between.
I find this a very useful implement when working with the dry clay.

 

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Not brilliant but rubbed down and painted up glove and cuff with a little blue shading here and there

Footfall

The bandstand

Pushing up hill

It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve had an idea or how much planning you’ve done, it’s the getting it up and running that’s really the hard bit.  And, having gained some forward momentum there are always the bumpy bits that follow on.  The time comes, as you turn round and catch a glimpse of the piece in the corner of your eye and you just know there’s something not right enough to pass in a dark alleyway unnoticed.

My mother-in-law used to tell a tale of her childhood.  She was much given to pranks and one day, when she was about six or seven years of age and staying with her grandparents her grandmother could be heard mumbling over and over “There’s summat up with that cat” as she watched it crossing the threshold.  Quite some time later the cry of “Letty!” went up, echoing all over the house, when the mystery was solved and young Letitia had to come out of hiding and face the music.  She’d cut off the cat’s whiskers.

I find “summat up with that (fill in blank as needed)” a very useful phrase when mini-ing.  I’m definitely adrift with the bandstand.  It lacks a little gravitas perhaps, you know, the wrought iron municipal look, and the décor is definitely of the crowded and very messy variety.

Whether I’ve started to solve some of the summat that’s up with the bandstand by an addition of woodwork bits I don’t know, but I do feel a little less ‘itchy’ about it, that’s for sure.

 

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