Yes, I know that it is not Tuesday.
This post was for yesterday, but a new patch came out for WOW yesterday.
What is WOW?
World of Warcraft for those who don't play.
I share the internet with my sons.
There was no way that my DSL was going to handle my son downloading a patch for his game and me uploading pictures and video to Youtube.
So, I turned off my internet and hope that the patch wouldn't take too long.
It took all night. :(
So here I am posting Tuesdays tip on Wednesday. :)
Actually this post is about scissoring Pom-Poms on a Poodle with a little tip mixed in.
Let me start out by saying that I hate this clip.
The Bikini Clip.
The Town & Country Clip.
The Summer Clip.
The Pom-Pom clip.
Take your pick.
I have heard so many names for this clip.
There are most like more that i haven't named here.
I am not sure why I don't like this clip.
I really don't get that many requests for it.
Maybe one of the reasons I don't like this clip goes way back to when I first started grooming.
I had only been grooming for a little over a year, and I just got a job at a pet shop.
I was grooming all by myself.
One day I had a woman come in with four miniature Poodles.
She wanted the Summer cut.
That is what this cut was called when I went to grooming school.
This owner wanted pom-poms on all four of the Poodles.
Do the math...four pom-poms on all four dogs...16 pom-poms.
Then add on the topknots and the tails.
24 pom-poms in one day!!
I had only done this cut one time in grooming school, and that was for a test.
I had gotten a pretty good score, but I remember really struggling to get those darn pom-poms round.
Did I mention that I had only been grooming a little over a year at the time?
I wanted to cry.
Who knows, maybe I did.
I remember having at least one dog a week overwhelm me back then.
Of course it also meant that I was clipping 16 poodle feet too.
I used to do my poodle feet with a #10 blade back then...they took me forever.
The worst part about it was, that I let the owner talk me into giving her a price break because she was bring me four dogs.
I was so naive back then.
One of the other reasons that I hate this cut.
The owners that seem to want this cut almost always have Poodles with no legs....and they want the body clipped with a longer blade.
So, there are a couple of tricks or tips that I do to help get a nice pom-pom.
This Poodle gets a #4F on the body.
First Tip: I use a blade length shorter on the legs to help make the pom-pom stand out.
I used a #5F on the legs.
I also like to wrap my fingers around the top of the pom-pom so that I don't accidentally clip the top of the pom-pom too low.
This also helps for the dogs that like to suddenly yank their legs upward, causing the blade to cut into the pom-pom before you can pull the clipper away.
Been there..done that. :/
The top of the pom-pom, on the back leg, starts right above the hock.
The way that I set the pom-pom on the front leg is a little harder to explain.
If the pom-pom is not there and you are setting the pattern for the first time, I take hold of the front leg.
First, I place my thumb over the dogs knee.
Then I gently bend the knee and my thumb.
Make sure that the bend in the knee and the bend in in your thumb are line up together.
Then I clip the leg down to just above the tip of my thumb.
Did that make any sense at all?
Hopefully the picture helps. :)
I have always set my pom-poms this way.
It has always worked for me.
Every once in a while I will lower the top of the pom-pom a little more to balance them if needed.
Tip #2: I also clip the feet higher than normal.
I feel that it helps me get a nice clean line on the bottom of the pom-pom.
It also helps with this dog, her feet are clipped with a #15 because of her sensitive skin.
Next, I comb all of the hair straight down, towards the foot.
Then, I start scissoring by going straight across the bottom of the pom-pom.
I scissor all around the bottom of the pom-pom to expose the foot.
I do not cut into the rest of the pom-pom yet.
I use my scissors to push up the hair to check and see if I have gotten all of the stray hairs around the top of the foot.
Then I comb the hair up towards the leg.
Now I scissor straight across the top of the pom-pom to clean up the line between the leg and pom-pom.
I am still not cutting into the pom-pom yet.
After scissoring up the top line of the pom-pom, I comb the hair up and out.
Then I shake the leg a little bit to let the hair fall naturally.
Now I go back to the bottom of the pom-pom and start to scissor from the bottom up.
I start back down at the bottom and curve my way out and up to shape the round pom-pom.
I used straight shears while scissoring this pom-pom.
In the video that I uploaded to Youtube, I used curve shears on the front leg.
If you have hard time getting the round look, curved shears can help.
Comb the pom-pom often to check the shape that you are trying to achieve.
Work your way around the leg.
I like to scissor small amounts of hair at a time so that I don't accidentally cut a hole into the pom-pom.
The finished pom-pom from the front.
From the back.
I made a video of me scissoring the front leg pom-pom.
Here is the link:
Well there she is.
She is such a sweet heart.
Her owner loves her pom-poms.
I hate to admit it, but the pom-poms really fit this little Poodles personality. :)
I hope that this post helps all of the other groomers out there that hate this clip too.
Oh...it's just me?
Happy Grooming, MFF