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Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 20, 2013 1:45am
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Something clicked that brought up a memory from our early carving years. It was probably '05 or so. I bought a less expensive version of pink stuff that was right next to the good stuff on the shelf at Michael's. It was pretty bad - crumbly like the cheap white stuff. I studied the packaging trying to figure out how to know what to buy in the future and discovered the names were different. Speedy Stamp (with the bar code) was good and I think the bad stuff was called Speedy-*Carve*. Of course "craptastic" works too but they don't put that on the packaging. :-)
The craptastic white stuff is called Speedy-Carve too.
So Speedball must have discontinued Speedy Stamp, replacing it with Speedy Carve . . .. ?

Anyway, if these names are the same today, we can ID the pink stuff before buying it. Can anyone confirm to prove this wrong?
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806199 by Kirbert
Sep 20, 2013 4:06am
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Seeing as it is from China, who knows what is in it. China tends not to care about environmental or safety issues when it comes to chemicals. This allows them to put out a product much like the ones you loved because they haven't had to change their formula.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806209 by Kurious Jo
Sep 20, 2013 4:33am
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Must have gotten that crumbly white stuff when I went to an art shop I'd never been to before. It was horrid and a waste of money. You are right. They should note the level of crappiness on the labels. Now I had to toss carves after one event that were a snot to carve in the first place because they won't hold up. I have had better luck with oops erasers.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806209 by Kurious Jo
Sep 20, 2013 4:46am
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"Craptastic"

yay, I've started a trendy word : )
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806209 by Kurious Jo
Sep 20, 2013 4:48am
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The craptastic white (now blue) from Speedball is Speedy Cut. The pink was once called Speedy Stamp, and then they changed the name to Speedy Carve. However, the name change was completely independent of the formula change. There is Speedy Carve both good and bad. If you can still find stuff labelled Speedy Stamp, you'll know it's good since its by definition the old formula. But it's been long enough now since that change that you probably won't run across any.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806217 by turkey feathers
Sep 20, 2013 5:58am
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yay, I've started a trendy word : )

I decided that curiousity just needed to uncover the origins of that word. A quick search found the earliest used on these boards was back in 2006.

http://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.html?gMsgId=58527
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806231 by RingoH
Sep 20, 2013 5:59am
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Oh, but prior to you using it a month ago it had not been used since January of 2012.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806231 by RingoH
Sep 20, 2013 6:20am
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However, it was listed to Urban Dictionary on July 28, 2004. :-)
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806236 by BfloAnonChick
Sep 20, 2013 6:31am
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I've been calling Fantastic Sam's hair salon, Craptastic Sam's since my son was 2 and they botched his hair, that was 2004.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806236 by BfloAnonChick
Sep 20, 2013 6:34am
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However, it was listed to Urban Dictionary on July 28, 2004. :-)

I knew someone would have better research methods than I would. ;-)
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
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Reply to: #806208 by Granny Hummingbird
Sep 20, 2013 8:48am
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I haven't tried that particular stuff, but I tried another type of sandwich stuff a coupla years back. It's a really, really bad idea. You have to carve really deep before you break through to the other color, so when you're done with the stamp the entire thing is one color except for the few deepest places where blotches of the deeper color show through. No help at all. Worse, heaven forbid the two colors are even the slightest bit different chemically, because with age or temperature or whatever one may expand or shrink more than the other and the whole slab will start to curl up on you.

What would be a good idea is if they'd offer a material that was made of one solid color yet had another color printed on the surface. Hence, the second color is no thicker than a layer of ink you might apply yourself. If you will do an Etsy search for "rubber stamp carving blocks", you will find that someone does offer exactly such a material! It's a bit more expensive than the sweetloveqiner products, though, and IMHO those are pricey enough already.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806209 by Kurious Jo
Sep 20, 2013 8:52am
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Not exactly. Speedy-Stamp was the earlier name for Speedy-Carve, both being the good pink stuff. The crumbly white (tan, actually -- we have truly white materials in white PZ Kut and OZ) is called Speedy-Cut. It's speedy, all right -- just a few quick cuts and it'll be in the trash can lickety-split.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806263 by Kirbert
Sep 20, 2013 4:15pm
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Which begs a question: who buys Speedy Cut and what do they use it for? Obviously letterboxers have shunned it since long before I started. But they keep making and selling the product, so it must be of some use to somebody out there.

K
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806360 by Kelsung
Sep 20, 2013 4:19pm
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who buys Speedy Cut and what do they use it for?

Me. I bought it because the LTCs were due, I was out of material, Hobby Lobby was out of pink, and I HAD to carve something RIGHT THEN.

It's not the worst carve I ever did, but I have no plans to repeat the experience anytime soon!

This is what procrastination gets you!
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806360 by Kelsung
Sep 20, 2013 4:32pm
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People who do block printing only need to use their wood blocks / stamps a limited number of times. Durability isn't really an issue when you're making 20 prints and then destroying the original :)
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
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Reply to: #806363 by Aiphid
Sep 20, 2013 4:55pm
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{People who do block printing}

In our rounds into the art world we've run across block printing art. Of course art is in the eye of the beholder but I was surprised at the lack of . . . expertise in carving. It's a different style that is neat in itself, but some of it really is just poor. Some rubber carvers could definitely enter their work at the art galleries. Probably a lot of people on this board could. Yep!
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806262 by Kirbert
Sep 20, 2013 5:19pm
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sandwich stuff

Thank you for letting me know before I had the chance to ask for it from my family.

GH
Re: Gouge Modification Photos
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Reply to: #806203 by Kirbert
Sep 20, 2013 6:02pm
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Will there be any Speedball nibs involved?

Yes, hence the case jumping comment. :)

Webfoot
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806199 by Kirbert
Sep 20, 2013 6:59pm
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Thanks for the detailed review of the Chinese carving block.
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806199 by Kirbert
Sep 21, 2013 11:15am
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I neglected to mention that this sweetloveqiner material is a bit thicker than most. I mic'd it at 7.6mm thick. 1/4" is 6.35mm, so you can see this is about 20% thicker than that.
Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806360 by Kelsung
Sep 22, 2013 6:44am
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Which begs a question: who buys Speedy Cut and what do they use it for?

I inherited several pieces of this from a Girl Scout trainer who taught LB classes for some time. I taught my first GS LB class yesterday and the trainees all made sig stamps with the speedy cut. The class is designed to teach leaders how to teach girls. Therefore they used altered pencils as gouges along with large paperclips for finer areas. The Speedy Cut worked well under these conditions. I did also bring a couple of traditional gouges so they could assess the safety factor involved in using them with very young children. The adults all made very creative designs though obviously not elaborate but I felt it was a good material for this introductory level and would be appropriate for children too. I had thought it was no longer available in stores so am glad to hear that I was wrong.

I did also strongly suggest that if a GS troop is going to plant a box that they consider making it a limited time box b/c an unmaintained box is just trash in the woods and GS don't do that. The idea was actually very appealling to them vs making it a permanent plant that they have to maintain.

CTEE
Moo Carve????
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 29, 2013 8:27pm
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Has anyone ever tried carving in moo carve I saw this white carving black for sale and was wondering
Thanks
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808026 by Taradacyl
Sep 29, 2013 8:42pm
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Very bad
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808026 by Taradacyl
Sep 29, 2013 11:51pm
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Do a search of this board and you'll find info going back a few years.

K
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808026 by Taradacyl
Sep 30, 2013 4:24am
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we're pretty sure they make it out of cottage cheese. . .

~tigs
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808026 by Taradacyl
Sep 30, 2013 6:31am
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*sigh*

Ok, once and for all...

DON'T CARVE THE COWS!
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808067 by Fluffy Cow
Sep 30, 2013 7:18am
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Ok, once and for all...

DON'T CARVE THE COWS!

LOL! Yes, but one would be better to carve what comes OUT of the backside of cows than that Moo stuff!
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808072 by FORAYCH
Sep 30, 2013 7:28am
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You can carve METHANE!?!??!?!?!?!
Re: Moo Carve????
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Reply to: #808073 by Fluffy Cow
Sep 30, 2013 7:40am
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You can carve METHANE!?!??!?!?!?!

ROFLMAO!!! :)
Good Pink :)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 1, 2013 11:56am
I found 2 slabs of 09 pink at my Blick today!