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Re: Carving Material
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #181817 by McBoxer
Feb 1, 2008 6:19am
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I have some of this dark grey stuff called Softoleum. It's very soft, and I think it would be great for a kid to learn to carve on. One of the neat things about it is that it has a thin dark skin, so you can see exactly where you've carved vs where you haven't.

It's not great for getting fine detail, and it needs to be conditioned with permanent marker to get a good impression, but my son (8) uses it with considerable success. It's also really cheap and comes in a big 12x12 sheet.

I would recommend using a gouge with it rather than a knife.

Here's a link:
http://www.enasco.com/artsandcrafts/Printmaking/Block+Printing/Nasco+&%238220%3BSoftoleum&%238221%3B/
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181925 by Fiddleheads
Feb 1, 2008 8:08am
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From my experience, if you are carving something really small, I would not use Mastercarve. I carved a mini flower with it to use on a LTC and by the time I was done stamping (it was a repetitive design so I stamped A LOT), the image just barely looked like a flower. The edges did not hold up and it was kinda crumbly. Though I have not had any problems with it on larger carvings so far.

Lilac Butterfly
Freshness Keepers Coupon at OSJL!
Board: Tools of the Trade
Feb 1, 2008 8:21am
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The small Lock'n'Lock knock-off "Freshness Keeper" is $ .55 with a coupon at Ocean State Job Lot: http://www.oceanstatejoblot.com/osjlprod/promo/coupons.aspx

Limit 2, print multiple coupons... :D I wish the next size up were part of the deal.

Connfederate
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181982 by Lilac Butterfly
Feb 1, 2008 9:04am
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Quote The edges did not hold up and it was kinda crumbly


When I read that someone thinks Mastercarve is crumbly I am baffled. I have been using it as my primary carving medium for years, carved tiny flowers, bugs, hearts, letters, etc. I have NEVER had it crumble. I've stamped my signature literally hundreds of times with no degradation of image. The detail that Archimedes Screw puts into her Mastercarve stamps is without equal. I can't help but wonder if the folks with the crumble problem are undercutting their image. Why would theirs crumble? Funhog
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182010 by Funhog
Feb 1, 2008 9:11am
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I believe that they are confusing Mastercarve which is white with the off-white speedy-cut stuff, not to be confused with speedy stamp which is the pink stuff!
Speedy Cut is the off-white/grey stuff that crumbles like crazy. Mastercarve is wonderful.
-amanda from seattle
Re: Carving Material
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #182011 by Amanda from Seattle
Feb 1, 2008 9:19am
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I believe that they are confusing Mastercarve which is white with the off-white speedy-cut stuff


No, it was deffinately MasterCarve. I have never bought Speedy-cut and don't plan to. It wasn't really that crumbly, just a tiny bit. Maybe it was how I cut it, I don't know. I haven't had anything like that happen with the larger stamps I carved with Mastercarve though.
Re: Freshness Keepers Coupon at OSJL!
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Reply to: #181990 by Connfederate
Feb 1, 2008 9:23am
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Oh man...I need about 40 of em! Don't take em all, C-Fed! LOL

Hey, did you notice the deal on pigs ears too? How can you beat that?!?

LW PhD
"Nice Counts"
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182010 by Funhog
Feb 1, 2008 9:37am
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I bought Mastercarve from Hobby Lobby and it falls apart as I stamp. I used it for an LTC and it has fallen apart. I sent out one stamp in a postal ring and the edges had crumbled off. Is there some way to condition it or something after you carve it before you use it? I threw a whole piece in the garbage because I didn't want any more images to crumble.
Dawn
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181925 by Fiddleheads
Feb 1, 2008 11:05am
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Quote I have some of this dark grey stuff called Softoleum. It's very soft, and I think it would be great for a kid to learn to carve on.


Only if you want him to develop a hatred for carving.

Quote I would recommend using a gouge with it rather than a knife.


I would recommend throwing it out. I made the mistake of buying some of that cr*p once. It is horrible stuff. It's like trying to carve putty. Speedy-Cut is vastly superior, and it's absolute garbage.
Re: Freshness Keepers Coupon at OSJL!
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Reply to: #182018 by Lock Wench
Feb 1, 2008 12:28pm
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Don't worry LW, I prefer the next size up. The little one is just too small for my liking.

Connfederate
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182010 by Funhog
Feb 1, 2008 1:02pm
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I, too, used MasterCarve for my sig stamp, and with well over 300 stampings it was still just fine...I know that the corners can be broken off if you push on it, but I've never seen it "crumble" and I've used it on smaller stamps too.

Though I have started to use the pink stuff now, just so I can have more detail.
But I still like the mastercarve for it's ease of carving!

Wander Woman
*the boxer formally known as HopeAB*
Re: How much $ do you put into your boxes?
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Reply to: #181807 by typengrype
Feb 1, 2008 1:53pm
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TOTAL: Approximately $12 per box.

Bandaids (for the fingers sliced open while carving) $0.12
Lava Soap (to get that ink off your fingers) $3.39
Extra paper (because we know you stamp it 20 times before planting) $0.43
Medical Bills (Come on....you know letterboxers are crazy. After all, you have to keep the psychiatrist paid) $80 per hour times 3 sessions per week = $160.00

I would estimate we have 2 or 3 $ in each box.


Now see thats what i'm talking about.
My boxing buddy and i were saying how inexpensive this hobby is. And now i have some facts to go with that thought. Thanx you guys

deniserows
Michaels gift can $1.00
Eraser $.59
Index cards and a post screw $1.89
Re: Freshness Keepers Coupon at OSJL!
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Reply to: #182097 by Connfederate
Feb 1, 2008 1:55pm
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While you're there could you pick me up some of those Pig ears? j/k

deniserows
and wonders where OSJL is located
Re: How much $ do you put into your boxes?
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Reply to: #181756 by QueenMother'n'CloudWalker
Feb 1, 2008 2:13pm
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Most people don't seem tobe putting ink pads in their boxes. For me that's one of the bigger expenses, since even the cats eye ink pads are over $2 each.

For logbooks I use 4x6 cards, staples, and white duct tape (which looks like a book binding). Fast and cheap.

I going to look for the lock n lock cheap knock offs at my local Job Lot store after reading a post earlier about how they stand up better than the real ones and are much cheaper. I think they were about $1 each.

stamp - $1
ink - $2.50
logbook - $0.20
container - $1 to $2

Say $5 per box. And I planning on placing 7 boxes this weekend so that's $35. Don't tell my husband! He thinks I'm insane enough as it is!
Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
Board: Tools of the Trade
Feb 1, 2008 7:48pm
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First of all...
I do have the small rectangle that are so awesome and now I also have the 1.7 cup SQUARE.
the one I referred to as a #1 Square now in stock as well as a couple of sets

next...
I had hoped to have definitive answers for you on which Lock & Locks will be available and for how long...
but i seem to have even the sales reps confused...
actually they have themselves confused.
one minute something is no longer available...
keep persisting and suddenly some of the item numbers are showing up available *shrugs*
but then again... the next person will say...
we no longer have those *growling*

I do know I can still get the school set whic has the #2 square (2.5 cup) in it...
so why shouldn't I be able to get the square by itself... right?

The larger rectangle (2.3 cup flat) that many of you asked me for...
they are telling me it is never sold "wholesale" anymore only retail priced.
hummmmmm? guess that is why you guys have not been able to find it for a long while.
This bothers me... I am gonna continue to try to crack them and to get a shipment of these

I am still working on the warehouse and sales people...
when I know more I will tell ya more.
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181817 by McBoxer
Feb 1, 2008 8:25pm
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I like Mastercarve the best. Pink stuff next.
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182024 by the Dawg Pound
Feb 1, 2008 8:30pm
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I've never had that problem with mastecarve....are you sure you didn't have speedy carve? Now THAT stuff is trash! You can crumble it between your fingers.
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181817 by McBoxer
Feb 1, 2008 9:17pm
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Quote I am looking, maybe, for something that a child could very easily carve,


I found a plastic eraser at a college bookstore while traveling. I wished I had bought more after creating a stamp. The ink transferred great. It was the Mercur Iraser Eraser. 69 cents. They come in bright colors and smell really good too. Kids would like that. Heck I liked it. I found them later by searching the internet, but decided to place an order for PZCUT. I do love it, but since you asked specifically for a kids' material, I thought of the eraser right off.

Flay Ming Yon
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181817 by McBoxer
Feb 2, 2008 2:36am
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That is stange to have those issues with MasterCarve. I have never had it crumble. Mtn. Wizard
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #182304 by Dixie
Feb 2, 2008 3:18am
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I am gonna continue to try to crack them and to get a shipment of these
glad to know that we have a tough cookie on the case!
thanks
six stars
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #182304 by Dixie
Feb 2, 2008 3:54am
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Hey Dixie,
I have seen the 6 oz rectangle and the 15 oz rectangle . . . . but I thought somewhere once upon a time I saw an 11 oz rectangle?? I would like to get some of those, as (in my opinion) the 6 oz is a little snug and the 15 oz is a tad big. Was I dreaming?
~resQlou
Re: How much $ do you put into your boxes?
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Reply to: #181797 by gollygee
Feb 2, 2008 6:20am
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Lock & Lock: $3.00
Camo tape: .$.50
Baggies: $.10
Log book: $2.00
PZ Kut: $1
Prize: $10
Gas: $5.00

Checking on your box and seeing all the stamps from other places and receiving messages about how much people enjoyed it: PRICELESS!
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #182363 by resQlou
Feb 2, 2008 7:29am
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I have never seen an 11 oz
the 6oz is the one I love so much and call the rectangle #1
the15oz is deeper and just roomier all around and I list it as #2 rectangle
I have never seen one in between
sorry...
musta been a nice dream though ;)
Re: Lock 'n' Locks at Costco
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Reply to: #181881 by Bungalow Boxer
Feb 2, 2008 8:18am
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Just a report about my Costco in Enfield.....

No Lock in Locks!!!! Sniff Sniff..... they had Snapware instead in unusually large sizes and nothing small enough for letterboxing. I guess it's back to Ocean State Job Lot for me......

MW
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #181817 by McBoxer
Feb 2, 2008 8:19am
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Stranded without any carving material, I have gone to (yuk) Walmart and found three packs of white vinyl erasers, labeled "high ploymer." They are very similar in consistency to Mastercarve, a tad small but for $1.47 they are a good choice. You can also pick up an Xacto knife there in the craft section. Funhog
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182320 by Idhunna
Feb 2, 2008 8:29am
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are you sure you didn't have speedy carve? Now THAT stuff is trash!


I bet a doughnut (no cop jokes, people) that you meant to say that Speedy Cut is trash. If that is what you meant (the tan stuff by Speedball) then I agree with you whole-heartedly! Speedy Carve is the new name for the pink stuff, formerly known as Speedy Stamp, and ever and always my medium of choice.

}8>
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182419 by Big Ox and the Herd
Feb 2, 2008 8:54am
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Yup! I meant speedy cut! Dh went out and bought me some medium recently, and that's what he got...We were both surpirsed at how yucky it was. (And he is a noxer!) So he wen tout the next day and bought me two sheets of pink stuff and a small sheet of mastercarve....what a great guy!
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #182304 by Dixie
Feb 2, 2008 9:10am
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Quote one minute something is no longer available...
keep persisting and suddenly some of the item numbers are showing up available *shrugs*


What you're probably dealing with is a company that gears up to make one size, runs off a bunch, then shuts that assembly line down for a few months while they make other sizes. L&L makes a bunch of sizes, and they probably don't have that many production lines, they just tool one up, run a while to build up stocks, then store that tooling while they tool up to make a different size. Hence, between runs, one particular size may in fact be out of production and difficult to find until the next time they decide to tool up to make that size again.

There's probably a language issue, too. The guys at the factory have trouble explaining all this to the US reps. The most they can manage to translate is "not in production".
Re: How much $ do you put into your boxes?
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Reply to: #182384 by MO UR4Me
Feb 2, 2008 9:14am
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Quote Lock & Lock: $3.00
Camo tape: .$.50
Baggies: $.10
Log book: $2.00
PZ Kut: $1
Prize: $10
Gas: $5.00


You might want to add numbers for

primer (DuplicColor Adhesion Promoter)
paint
wood
foam
glue
peel-and-stick labels
packing tape
fleece
paper
printer ink
Re: How much $ do you put into your boxes?
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Reply to: #182432 by Kirbert
Feb 2, 2008 10:37am
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paint
wood
foam
glue
peel-and-stick labels
packing tape
fleece
paper
printer ink


See i forgot about this stuff
foam-$.69
glue-$.59
peel-and-stick labels $.00 (got them out of a dumpster)
packing tape $1.00 at the swap meet
fleece $.00 (mom's cleaning out her craft stuff)
paper $5.00 (just had to buy some)
printer ink $13.00 (ditto above)

deniserows
maybe fishing isn't more expensive than letterboxing