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Re: Thin lines?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #802050 by CTEagleEye
Sep 3, 2013 5:51am
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I recently watched a knife carver and tried the technique of cutting along the edge of a line and then making an angled cut next to it to remove the material but I really can't see the first line I cut...it just seems to seal back up....which made it impossible for me to cut an angled line next to it.

Hmmm...I think i resemble that remark.

If you carefully bend the stamp after the first cut, you can see the first line. This was easily done on the old pink, but the new stuff may break if you overdo it.

Also, wear 3X reading glasses even if they make you look like a dork :)
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802050 by CTEagleEye
Sep 3, 2013 6:50am
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I was given small scraps of white Speedy Carve recently but haven't had time to try it....how does that compare to the pink or the OZ?

Ah, the white "stuff"...we bought that once because it was cheaper. In this case, we got what we paid for. Super crumbly and difficult to make intricate cuts on. One thing that we found did help when finer carving had to happen was putting it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm it up. It helped stop the crumble, somewhat.

L&S
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802050 by CTEagleEye
Sep 3, 2013 9:07am
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tried the technique of cutting along the edge of a line and then making an angled cut next to it to remove the material but I really can't see the first line I cut...it just seems to seal back up..

The secret there is to be carving orange PZ Kut. The translucent orange color lights up like a light bulb when it's sliced. The good pink stuff does, too, to a much smaller but still workable extent.

..which made it impossible for me to cut an angled line next to it.

Well, as a knife carver of considerable experience, allow me to confess that I don't do that. I make the slice along the edge of the image, and then I come back with a needle or gouge to remove the rubber. The gouge will readily follow the existing slice and dig pieces out with ease. The needle is used only to remove pieces that are too narrow for a gouge to fit in there.
Re: Heat transfer
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Reply to: #802209 by nosox
Sep 3, 2013 9:32am
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Awesome!!! Thanks for the video. It was amazing and helps a lot.
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802291 by Kirbert
Sep 3, 2013 11:11am
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The secret there is to be carving orange PZ Kut.

Kirbert, why even bring it up? We may be only dreaming.

"Jam yesterday and jam tomorrow, but never jam today."
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802331 by artTrekker
Sep 3, 2013 11:58am
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Without dreaming, I'd be tempted to give up this pastime for good. Carving OZ is certainly not my idea of fun. If something better doesn't come along soon, I'm probably going to have to take up knitting or bridge.
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Reply to: #802331 by artTrekker
Sep 3, 2013 12:55pm
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"Jam yesterday and jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

Oh, sure! Guilt the puffin - go ahead! ;-)

Webfoot (who is working on a new set of orange samples...)
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802368 by Webfoot
Sep 3, 2013 12:59pm
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Webfoot (who is working on a new set of orange samples...)

Oh how I missed the orange
Re: Heat transfer
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Reply to: #802209 by nosox
Sep 3, 2013 1:19pm
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Ooh, I printed 3 patterns a work today. Going to try the heat method. I've always just used pencil & rubbing so far. This will be easier if it works. Won't have to trace all those fine lines.
Re: Heat transfer
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Reply to: #802217 by Granny Hummingbird
Sep 3, 2013 1:23pm
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I watched the carving videos too. I agree the hardest part for me is deciding what to cut out and what to leave. Just messed up my tin man-left his body armor but cut out his hat. At least it's for an LTC so I can make it work.
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802368 by Webfoot
Sep 3, 2013 1:26pm
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No!! I didn't mean to guilt the puffin!! Really I didn't! I'm just trying not to get my hopes up or live in the past. I know you are working diligently and spending money trying to make us all happy. I just think someone new has to learn to work with what there is (as do the rest of us) without being confused about some mythical wonder-material that isn't available.

aT, with greatest apologies to the puffin
and who was so delighted by the translucent character of the orange--I would carve in on a light table and that "light up like a candle" quality was greatly enhanced
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Reply to: #802377 by artTrekker
Sep 3, 2013 3:15pm
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No!! I didn't mean to guilt the puffin!! Really I didn't!

I was teasing! Besides, the puffin is feeling impatient with the process, right along with everyone else! LOL!

All the best!!

Webfoot
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802368 by Webfoot
Sep 3, 2013 7:51pm
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You know my address!
Re: Thin lines?
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Reply to: #802368 by Webfoot
Sep 3, 2013 8:08pm
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who is working on a new set of orange samples...

If you need testers, count me in. :)

dp
Wow! Good pink stuff.
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 3, 2013 8:17pm
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Just opened a new package of pink stuff, did a heat transfer on it & started carving. Perfect. Firm & no crumbles. I think it's the best pink stuff I've ever carved on. Got it at Hobby Lobby about a week ago.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802511 by Topcollector
Sep 3, 2013 8:24pm
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The label!!
What did it say?! What did it say?!?!?!
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802511 by Topcollector
Sep 3, 2013 8:24pm
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is there a copyright date on it?
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802513 by crosscresent
Sep 3, 2013 9:37pm
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Yes! We need to know what that label says!
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802511 by Topcollector
Sep 3, 2013 9:46pm
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The GREAT Pink Stuff that was sent to me directly from Speedball was labeled 2012. So I really don't think the label is what defines the quality.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802531 by The Lost Boys
Sep 3, 2013 11:34pm
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I'll be making it clear that the label needs to change sometime after the bugs are worked out and the product is what it needs to be. Anyone who has been burned by the lousy batch is going to be hesitant to ever buy any more Speedy-Carve with the 2012 copyright date -- no matter what assurances are made. There will need to be a new label that makes it clear you're not buying the old stock, you're buying the new stuff.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802541 by Kirbert
Sep 4, 2013 1:09am
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I'm hesitant period. That stuff just sucks no matter what year is on it. It holds no fine detail at all. It's just too unreliable for my liking. Don't waste your money and just buy from Webfoot.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802543 by Raven
Sep 4, 2013 1:15am
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Don't waste your money and just buy from Webfoot.

Can't hit "agree" enough. ;) Webby not only rocks, but is one of us! Viva la Webfeut!!! ;)
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802531 by The Lost Boys
Sep 4, 2013 4:07am
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The GREAT Pink Stuff that was sent to me directly from Speedball was labeled 2012.

. I find it very odd that you got decent medium with and replacement which I got which is new batch ( can tell by color) is still crumbly. Maybe not perhaps as other crumbly version but still not the original. Any chance you've never had the good pink and mislead to believe that your new replacement being better than old crumbly is ok? Just a thought.
And yes, you can't go by the label. Not the born on date. Only when label itself was designed. Kirbert has it spot on by saying : when batch is finally back to par, newly designed label. I'm thinking a big smiley face on it : )
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802511 by Topcollector
Sep 4, 2013 7:12am
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I got lucky at Hobby Lobby the other day and found a 4x6 slab from 2009 :)

The newly stocked slabs are dated 2012 :( I did buy one and it's crumbly.

Getting by on what I have until I can get some new supply.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802575 by GypsyLadybug
Sep 4, 2013 8:21am
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I have a bunch of 2009, and am having no luck with fine details. Are you?
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802513 by crosscresent
Sep 4, 2013 8:54am
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I'll have to dig around & find the label. I though of that after I posted last night. At work now so it will be later today. Check back.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802588 by Raven
Sep 4, 2013 9:04am
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This is directed at no one person in particular, but it needs to be said. For everyone complaining about not being able to carve details on pink, I've been carving exclusively on pink since PZ went scarce. Any LTCs of mine dated 2010 or later? Carved on pink.

Some examples:
- http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sN_E7QtmRZo/URE_vTydmSI/AAAAAAAAAEg/rTQzAYVk_iU/s1600/IMAGE_98BCFE27-CFC9-4AD8-89E9-AD94D7EE0103.JPG
- http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lmLfAXeU2ug/URE__diIW6I/AAAAAAAAAEo/eRAT1LNy8C8/s1600/IMAGE_ACA122CB-EA0E-4E72-B80D-27E46E519672.JPG
- http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uJDNkoONoIA/URFCJNI6H9I/AAAAAAAAAGA/7-f1C4vErok/s1600/IMAGE_9294875B-97A4-4407-88C0-319348AC7B34.JPG
- http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IS3I9pxJaAU/URFC9P5ihpI/AAAAAAAAAGg/Psi48c-4WyI/s1600/IMAGE_65E1C79E-BF14-4A62-B96C-E1A0D1869A23.JPG
- http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nDvQffXc-_I/URE_Ic6z7vI/AAAAAAAAAEI/T0ImzqgCKK8/s1600/IMAGE_281BD1AA-67CB-4E44-AB22-046C845F0260.JPG
- http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UcWQq3gRkxA/URE_ir8rsBI/AAAAAAAAAEY/hg-TmNEMFPA/s1600/IMAGE_A66FDF9B-5F11-438C-BC85-5BE24A6AE258.JPG
- http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--0ORsC86icc/URFIkbR1hgI/AAAAAAAAAIQ/oabo7RIrzDg/s1600/IMAGE_9ED52304-BF1A-473E-8420-68B30ACA416E.JPG
- http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wJSN7IDQ19Y/URFCkI8T-3I/AAAAAAAAAGQ/sqTdb-pBvPU/s1600/IMAGE_47644E0C-6E31-41EC-8F5A-A974284D36C2.JPG
- http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdEPyOGnj9w/URE_VfIKPVI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/pfzBOMKIegk/s1600/IMAGE_0BEC2DC5-6DC7-4A40-B108-FA43E62D0105.JPG

Orange PZ was my medium of choice. Adjusting to pink was not a picnic. But it can be done. (And yes, when Webby finally has a new orange, I'll be trying it out.) And carving on pink is not the death of detail.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802595 by BfloAnonChick
Sep 4, 2013 9:08am
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I've seen a lot of fantastic stamps carved in pink. Those are great, I've seen some great pink stamps by Mim, and nosox has a ton (I think literally) of highly detailed stamps carved on pink (just to identify a few).

But I don't like pink. I carve too deep, and I have to thin most of my lines, and pink doesn't like that. Many of my old pink stamps have broken lines :(

But you can definitely get some good detail on that stuff :)
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802595 by BfloAnonChick
Sep 4, 2013 9:18am
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This is directed at no one person in particular, but it needs to be said. For everyone complaining about not being able to carve details on pink, I've been carving exclusively on pink since PZ went scarce. Any LTCs of mine dated 2010 or later? Carved on pink.

I have always loved pink actually and previously had no problem with detail, but the new stuff that i have been getting dated after 2012 does crumble for me and no longer allows for my detail. Now if I had never been able to get detail on it then that would be one thing...but the new pink that I have crumbles the moment that I try to make a small line and it is also a slightly different color. So although not all of the pink is bad there is some new pink stuff out there that just no longer works for me period.
Re: Wow! Good pink stuff.
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Reply to: #802599 by Seattle Bound
Sep 4, 2013 9:24am
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All that being said...yes i agree some great stamps have been created off of the pink. But none of those stamps will be getting carved on the pink available in Fairbanks.