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Re: Carving Material
Board: Tools of the Trade
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
painting boxes
Board: Tools of the Trade
Feb 2, 2008 12:36pm
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I've tried this, too---spray painting several light coats to get good coverage......but it seems to me it is not as sturdy and the camo tape.......because it seems to scratch off real easy. Especially when these boxes continually are in contact with leaves, rocks, twigs, etc....

you don't have trouble with the paint scratching off? what do you do differently?
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182418 by Funhog
Feb 2, 2008 1:50pm
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[quote: (yuk) Walmart ]

double Yuk

[quote: white vinyl erasers, labeled "high ploymer."]

I just bought some of these. they worked really well. I actually got 3 stamps out of one.
Re: painting boxes
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Reply to: #182502 by QueenMother'n'CloudWalker
Feb 2, 2008 2:07pm
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We like to use the cammo tape, too. We haven't tried painting boxes but the tape is quick and easy and is very durable. We, too, think that paint would get scratched off.

7trailwanderers
Re: painting boxes
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Reply to: #182502 by QueenMother'n'CloudWalker
Feb 2, 2008 4:30pm
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Quote ...but it seems to me it is not as sturdy and the camo tape.......because it seems to scratch off real easy.


No matter what you do, you can always scratch through paint. The question is whether you just scratch through it or remove a big flake of it. Or worse, whether it all flakes off just sitting there.

When painting plastic, the first thing to do is go over the plastic with fine sandpaper or something abrasive to give it a satin finish instead of glossy. Then spray it with DupliColor Adhesion Promoter followed by the paint only two minutes later. Multiple coats after that accomplish little other than to attain the appearance you're looking for.

When painted in this manner, you can scratch through the paint, but it only results in a scratch. It's still a well-camo'd container.

The tape works fine for a year or two, but then it all dries up and starts peeling off. So really it's all a matter of preference because neither camo method is as durable as I'd like.
Re: painting boxes
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Reply to: #182565 by Kirbert
Feb 3, 2008 7:25am
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My 2 cents..........I have used both and will not use tape any more......it only last max 2 years and ...in the south is gets melty and sticky b4 it falls off the next winter!
I use a speciality paint for bonding to plastic Krylon and rustoleum both make one in diff colors....I prefer flat black textured but and dark flat color will do! I have boxes over 2 years out side now with 99.99% of the paint doing it's job ....only a few scratches NO flakes! The paint out last camo tape at least by 2 fold...here in the south! T :)
Re: Carving Material
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Reply to: #182519 by Suzy Lou
Feb 3, 2008 7:37am
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Quote I actually got 3 stamps out of one


RUUUUUUN! COOOOOOOTIEEEEEEEEEES!!!!
Re: painting boxes
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Reply to: #182565 by Kirbert
Feb 3, 2008 7:47am
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Too much work. I use two coats of Krylon Fusion.

I also affix box identification to the inside of the container and mask the areas where I want it to show through.

*S
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #182400 by Dixie
Feb 4, 2008 8:58am
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Quote I have never seen an 11 oz

Talk to your rep... they definitely exist. I bought a few over the weekend. It looks like the part # is HPL806.

dave
Baggies vs Boxes
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Feb 4, 2008 3:39pm
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Hello, helpful community!
One more in my series of fact-finding questions!
What do you think is better, if you are on a budget: Using a ziplock bag as a "box", or using a small cheap plastic food container (I am thinking like the thin disposable kind, like Glad). Assume both would be camo-painted. Thanks for your thoughts!
McBoxer
Re: Baggies vs Boxes
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Reply to: #183282 by McBoxer
Feb 4, 2008 3:45pm
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We use a lot of gladware. They have a small flat round one that is just the right size. They seal good, but aren't very strong. You can't pile rocks on top of them like you can a L&L. We use baggies INSIDE the container.
Re: Baggies vs Boxes
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Reply to: #183282 by McBoxer
Feb 4, 2008 3:46pm
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My *opinion* only, and I am not a prolific placer, but the thin disposable food containers don't seem to last long. I frequently find them filled with water, cracked, warped etc.

A trend I am seeing that seems to be working well is covering baggies with camo duct tape. ON the OHio board htey are discussign the successful use of Peanut Butter jars. I was surprised that people are not losing these to critters, but many are reportign these jars to last well over a year, so it might be worth exploring. I'm all for recycling if appropriate!

Mama Stork
Re: Baggies vs Boxes
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Reply to: #183289 by Mama Stork
Feb 4, 2008 3:52pm
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I was surprised that people are not losing these to critters, but many are reportign these jars to last well over a year


The key is to bleach the PB jar several times before camo-painting.

We have had more problems with pill bottles than with the PB jars. We didn't realize that the pill bottles needed to be bleached.

triviadaddy
Re: Baggies vs Boxes
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Reply to: #183294 by J Walkers
Feb 4, 2008 3:58pm
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Oh my gosh! The animals are on drugs. LOL
Re: Baggies vs Boxes
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Reply to: #183297 by zinni
Feb 4, 2008 4:09pm
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Just a thought, not a flame or anything, but if you are going to all the trouble to carve something, make or buy a log book, scout out a place to plant, write clues . . . Why would you want to cheap out on something so important as the container? Plant less, have them last longer. Unless you are planting for the short term, like an event?

I really liked the camo bag idea and made a bunch of them. Now I'm replacing them with Rubbermaid because they didn't hold up. I did a couple of boxes with Glad ware because I liked the size. Now I'm replacing them with Rubbermaid. Rubbermade can be painted and it can be camo'ed and it comes it lots of sizes and you can generally find it at any grocery store.

Lock n Lock is the gold standard. Rubbermade is perfectly acceptable and less expensive. Other containers, like PB jars may work well also. But, take it from a sadder but wiser re-planter, Gladware and camo'ed baggies are not worth the time and money.
Lock & Lock - GOOD NEWS
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Feb 4, 2008 4:31pm
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two things here...

today I finally broke through :-D
I am finally able to carry that larger #3 rectangle Lock & Lock and the #2 square for you guys
I don't have the stock yet but my sales rep finally got her manager to ok a price and wholesale shipment to me. I told her I will have an order tomorrow. It should ship to me within the week.

I will be taking pre-orders a bit later on.
The system should be ready to begin orders late tonight.

now...
the second thing...
I promised you a page where you could compare Lock & Lock sizes, item numbers etc.
hope it helps... and please email me with any questions
Re: Lock & Lock AVAILABLE
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Reply to: #183069 by Fish Below The Ice
Feb 4, 2008 4:45pm
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They have the HPL806C which has the little trays inside.
but that is all i can find or have ever seen.
the same size without the trays is not even on the Excel sheet the rep has with product codes etc on it.
confusing sometimes how availability can change depending on who I speak with
Locking Containers
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Feb 4, 2008 4:50pm
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We just got the LTD Commodities Catalog in the mail today. Inside I found these:

http://www.ltdcommodities.com/home/catalog/cat_item_pg3.asp?G=556&P=86&Rec=16&N=37+461&Nao=0&R=745

Pretty good price, better than Ocean State Job Lot. Not sure of the quality though.