It was my first attempt.. Must be a trick for it.. Bigger the rope would be easier.
but it was pretty slick once I had made one. To actually see how it works. Impressive.
I must admit I practiced splicing on larger diameter rope before I ever tackled Amsteel 7/64". Once I understood the concepts, lube was not necessary.
Any hollow braid rope would help in the learning process. I got that marine yellow braided rope for practice - cheap and easy to handle.
No need for blisters. No need for lube. No need for frustration.
Just use the right size knitting needle. Insert and pile the cord up on the needle. Then withdraw the knitting needle gently, leaving a short stack of condensed cord.
Easiest is to start with a small needle, perhaps a #3 or #4.
That slips right in, taking 5 seconds.
7/64" Amsteel Blue has enough constructional looseness to then take a #7 needle. No real advantage to pushing beyond that, because the opening left by the #7 allows the taped end to be kneaded and pass through like a well-lubed pig. (That would be engineering pork.)
I have some Amsteel here, but due to the cost compared to some Zing-It I've decided to learn all of the ropes on the Zing-It. Looking at the forums, if you can learn the basics on Zing-It (locked brummel, continuous loops, and nacribiners) then it seems you will really be ready to splice amsteel without wasting premium cord.
So far I have done all of the above with Zing-It so I feel more comfortable with moving up to amsteel.