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Re: Distiguishing Pink stuff
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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????
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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!
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #806199 by Kirbert
Oct 4, 2013 3:25pm
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Based on Kirbert's review, I ordered this material too. I got 3 pieces of colored (which turned out to be fuscia, yellow, and turquoise) and a piece of white. It only took two weeks, order to arrival, and I second all of Kirbert's observations - very smooth without being overly soft, easy to carve, and inked surface behaves way better, without sanding, washing, or any other prep. I carved some teeny lines and dots as well as larger lines, and background removal. Now I'm putting the sample carve in a baggie in the freezer to see how it holds up to the winter.

For Kirbert - my package came with a piece of material about 8" x 10" and 1/2" thick. It looks like a fine-partical cork-like material, but stiffer and heavier than I would expect cork to be. I think it was for stabilizing the package in transit, but I wonder if it has carving or other craft potential. Was this in your package? Any idea what it is??
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
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Reply to: #808893 by Wise Wanderer
Oct 4, 2013 5:49pm
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I didn't get that stuff. I'd probably find a use for it, even if it isn't carving!
Re: Sweetloveqiner Random Color Material
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #808916 by Kirbert
Oct 5, 2013 9:48pm
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Asked the seller what it was, and got this reply:

dear buyer,
the particle cork is a gift for you.After the rubber has been carved,on glue to hold the particle cork and the rubber together,so When you using rubber is more convenient.

Can you understand what I mean?
any question,please feel free to contact me.
Have a nice day!

So apparently the suggested use is as a backing to the stamp. It's much firmer than foam, but not as hard as wood. Hmmmmm . . . maybe a set of coasters or a trivet??
First timer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 8, 2013 3:39pm
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I am interested in making my first carve, and have some Speedy carve. I will hunt down my old linoleum tools.

My question is about the subject matter. I don't want to copy a photo or clip art, and will keep my first design simple. Does the image I choose need to reflect the location I hide it in or my name or some particular holiday/theme? Can I be somewhat random and just draw what I like?
Re: First timer
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Reply to: #809495 by Sunia
Oct 8, 2013 3:57pm
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Does the image I choose need to reflect the location I hide it in or my name or some particular holiday/theme? Can I be somewhat random and just draw what I like?

All of the above! It's interesting to find a carve that is relevant to the area, but just as much fun to something creative and original. Do something that's meaningful to you. The rest of us will appreciate it for what it is, a work of art, no matter the subject!
Re: First timer
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Reply to: #809495 by Sunia
Oct 8, 2013 4:20pm
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Carve ANYTHING you like!
Re: First timer
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Reply to: #809495 by Sunia
Oct 8, 2013 4:35pm
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As an artist, I prefer to carve what I like.... then try if possible, to find a place to hide it. I'm not really into history, so I dont tend to carve historical things or places. Sometimes you can be creative with a story, and make the carve subject fit the trail or place you are at. But just have fun!
Re: First timer
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Reply to: #809501 by KO
Oct 8, 2013 7:56pm
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I had tto travel a long way to find my first box. If you plant a boxer will enjoy.
Re: First timer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809495 by Sunia
Oct 8, 2013 8:28pm
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Just be careful with words. So when you stamp, they arent backwards!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I still totally blunder on this because i sometimes carve right on the stuff with out having transfered an image. Im ridiculous! Haha!

Just have fun!
~cc
Re: First timer
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Reply to: #809495 by Sunia
Oct 9, 2013 7:28am
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first carve

.....
need to reflect

....
my name

Are you needing a signature stamp? If so, yes, your first carve might be your signature stamp, so reflect upon yourself for that one in some way...otherwise what they say...
image transfer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 10, 2013 12:47pm
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What is the consensus on the best product for image transfer, other than using parchment paper and special printers? I have tried wintergreen oil, which has a tendency to run. Acetone, which comes out a lot lighter than I would like. And pencil tracing/rubbing which is ok for blocky type images but not great for detail. I have heard of a blender pen? But am not sure what it is or how well is works. I am getting seriously frustrated at the lack of options. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Re: image transfer
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Reply to: #809770 by connecticut croaker
Oct 10, 2013 1:03pm
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It depends on what kind of printer you are using. I think a blender pen is similar to acetone, my art teacher uses blender pens. They dry up quickly, so then she just dips them into acetone. You are using 100% acetone, right?

Acetone for me is by far the best, with my laser printer. I don't knowbif it works for ink jets. You need a nice crisp black and white copy, though. Any grey in the background makes it hard to see.

I used to get nice transfer on my laser printer with just ironing it onto the rubber. But we bought new toner, and now it won't work at all.

I can't stand the smell of the botanical oils, but they worked ok.

You may get better detail with pencil if you just press with an iron, rather than rubbing, which smears it. Seal with stazon ink.
Re: image transfer
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Reply to: #809770 by connecticut croaker
Oct 10, 2013 1:57pm
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What kind of printer are you using. Blender pens are xylene, and they work just like acetone. They are both solvents that seem to dissolve and soften the image, but they only work with laserjet images, and even then not all of them. And FF is right. They go out pretty fast, so I'm loving the idea of being able to dip it in acetone, awesome idea, because I love the precision of the tip. I'm going to try to refill it from the back and see what happens.
Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 10, 2013 5:10pm
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Just a word in favor of Speedball Speedy-Cut "Easy" (blue stuff).

It is the only media available at Hobby Lobby $4.99 for a 4x6 block.
On my last visit to Michael's there was no rubber in stock.
For some beginners, this is how they start... at the hobby shop.

It works just fine.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809827 by Rick in Boca
Oct 10, 2013 5:40pm
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I'd try it if I ever saw it. Why not right?