Followup from here.
(b) A lot of techniques about making petals thin, thin, thin
(c) I am not super good at making petals thin, thin, thin without ripping them.
(d) In general, this clay isn't really up for being resculpted over and over again like I was doing. It dries out, it cracks....this flower looks a lot better in photos than up close where you can see the cracks. And the leaves I was working on keeled over and died.
It is a complicated medium. I was clearly Worst One In Class and the teacher redid most of my petals (see photos: most of that's her). Ah well. Sometimes you ain't the star student. My flower (with bud) still looks pretty cool though...just don't look close up!