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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
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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
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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
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
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?
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809833 by Raven
Oct 10, 2013 5:46pm
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Miss C., I don't think you'd like it, but I have a chunk left from a carve I did recently when I had no other carving material available that I could send you if you want to try it. I don't think it would be suitable for your type of detailed carves because it crumbles badly when you're doing tight curves, etc. with a gouge. It pills up easily, too, along any cut edge. It is EXTREMELY difficult to get good detail with. I have no idea how it would be for a knife carver.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809834 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 10, 2013 5:55pm
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Yeah, near as I can tell, it's identical to tan Speedy Cut, but they changed the colour. (Maybe they caught on to its bad reputation?) But compared to pink, it's awful.
Re: image transfer
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Reply to: #809770 by connecticut croaker
Oct 10, 2013 5:59pm
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One thing that makes acetone/laser transfers darker is to remove the paper when it is wet. If you wait until it is dry the toner re-adheres to the paper. Getting the paper that wet can result in some degradation (running) of the image. It also helps if the carving material is stickier which can be accomplished with by wiping softer materials with acetone or sanding harder materials.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809834 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 10, 2013 6:58pm
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Oh ew! Hate speedy cut!!
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809827 by Rick in Boca
Oct 10, 2013 7:45pm
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I had to try blue stuff since our only hobby shop is hobby lobby which used to sell pink stuff but replaced it with blue. I hate it...cuts are not sharp, it crumbles, and you can use your finger to rub off the material. I bet it won't hold up over time. Bring back pink stuff!
Re: image transfer
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809836 by lonnewsom
Oct 10, 2013 8:14pm
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One thing that makes acetone/laser transfers darker is to remove the paper when it is wet.

Thanks for this bit of info. Here in the Sierra, everything dries *so* quickly. I just did a transfer for a good-sized stamp, and I think it'll work fine, but darker would have been better. I used a swab and swabbed top to bottom in a swath, after two swaths, things were pretty dry, so you are making the case for lifting the left edge of the transfer as I work my way to the right swiping swaths (make a poem outta that, Grumpy!).
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809827 by Rick in Boca
Oct 10, 2013 8:21pm
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Rick in Boca,

I bought some tan speedy cut once, and while I didn't like it, my daughter didn't mind it. I agree it is good for beginners if that is all they can find. At least it gives you the practice of how it looks to carve, reverse image, etc. But last resort is about it.

I am soooooo jealous of the Japanese carving blocks, from what I see on different websites (that show carved blocks), they look wonderful, and smooth. I like the thickness, no need for mounting.. But shipping is a bear!

If you are selling your own stamps on Etsy, the white Japanese blocks just photograph so nicely when inked in contrasting bright colors. Sounds lame, but I was definitely drawn to them.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809827 by Rick in Boca
Oct 10, 2013 9:15pm
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No!!! No!!!
Oh my gosh. No!!!
Im too picky now.
My Sound of Music ltcs were on blue stuff bc I was broke. I cried as I carved & kept telling myself "it's not that bad, i can kinda tell its Julia Andrews".

Comments: *that whistle sound when nothings going on*
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809864 by crosscresent
Oct 10, 2013 9:21pm
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The best stuff (they should market it & call it The Best Stuff) was the rubber hamburger stamps at walmart & the hippo & rhino stamps at the dollar tree!!! A m a z i n g ! I cant find them anymore :(

BUT!!!! and I repeat BUT!!!... Those big white erasers at the Dollar General are NOT... and I repeat NOT!!!... the same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They are blue stuff & a cute tempting image!!!!
&$*%#!!!!!!
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #809833 by Raven
Oct 11, 2013 3:46am
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My niece gave me a piece. I wouldn't wish this stuff on anyone. Like carving on a block of well aged extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809834 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 11, 2013 6:34am
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Let me start by saying I am not by any means an expert, an arts and crafty person, or ever much of a carver.

I started out with Master Carve and the Tan stuff. I used very non detailed things from coloring books. Funny little pictures but NO detail.

Had I tried that with the good stuff, I never would have carved the second HH and also my dear husband, Coffee Mug would never have started carving in this hobby at all. He could see that he wanted more detail immediately after seeing the texture of what I was using and went immediately to Webfoot's site.

I still say that the non artsy person in me enjoyed the little bit I did carve but quickly learned my job in this family was clue writing and planting vs carving.

His carvings are great. Thanks, Coffee Mug.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809875 by turkey feathers
Oct 11, 2013 8:06am
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Like carving on a block of well aged extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Mmmmmmmmm, cheese. :-P <licking lips>

That is almost as good as bacon.
Re: Speedball Speedy-Cut Easy (blue stuff)
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Reply to: #809892 by Granny Butterfly
Oct 11, 2013 9:46am
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I didn't know Coffee Mug was your dh. I have always loved that siggy stamp!
Re: image transfer
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Reply to: #809770 by connecticut croaker
Oct 11, 2013 6:21pm
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Thanks for all the advice! I use the printer at work specifically because it is a laser and my home printer is inkjet. Hence, why I can't use parchment paper, everyone gets nosy when someone uses non-standard paper. I think first, I am going to buy a new bottle of acetone. The one I have is from an old school project and is more than a few years old. Then, thanks to all of your help I will be experimenting with irons and wet transfers. If it dries out as fast as you say, I won't bother with the blender pen. Here in Arizona, my ink pads dry out in a matter of days...
I can't wait to get started!!! Thanks!
OZ is making me crazy!!
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Oct 13, 2013 3:54pm
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First off, apologies to the puffin. Nothing personal. I just can't seem to get a leg up on this material.

I carved a very detailed stamp (yes, it is possible to do that, but I found it hard to control my tools in this hard material, so curved lines are wiggly) and now I can't seem to make a clean impression. I very lightly sanded it, wiped it down with acetone, and put a nice piece of soft foam on the back. I'm using a good stamp pad. what else can I try?