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Re: Flexcut 45 Deg. x 1MM Parting Tool vs Speedball #1
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Reply to: #942720 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 22, 2019 3:13pm
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FYI, the picture links are all broken...
Re: Flexcut 45 Deg. x 1MM Parting Tool vs Speedball #1
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Reply to: #970577 by Phoenix Rizing
Jan 22, 2019 4:46pm
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FYI, the picture links are all broken...

Remove the "lg" at the end of the URL. The large version gets deleted after a few weeks/months.

Maybe our webmaster can think of a way to forward links to the small version? Not a big deal, but would be helpful.
Re: Flexcut 45 Deg. x 1MM Parting Tool vs Speedball #1
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Reply to: #970577 by Phoenix Rizing
Jan 22, 2019 5:53pm
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FYI, the picture links are all broken...

The system breaks the links after a couple of months. You can find them in my photo album, pics 9 - 13:

https://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewalbum.php?albumId=4518
Re: New Stamping Tool
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Reply to: #970440 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 22, 2019 7:01pm
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I was kidding. I can't think of where you might get linoleum that big other than for home flooring... :D
Re: New Stamping Tool
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Reply to: #970415 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 10:42am
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That is one ***HUGE*** piece of linoleum! Not that I want to get that much carving material, but where would one get a piece that large?

I could get you a piece of Tan-Z Kut that's 4' x 60', if you'd like.

In the meantime, if you want to go just a little bit large, I currently have a garage full of 12" x 54" sheets. Shipping it might be a challenge, though! :)

Webfoot
Re: New Stamping Tool
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Reply to: #970664 by Webfoot
Jan 25, 2019 5:39pm
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We now know where to get such a large piece of carving material. Who wants to volunteer to carve that big though?

I know it runs against convention, but I'm going to start a new thread to discuss this question.
Re: New Stamping Tool
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Reply to: #970667 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 7:51pm
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I participated in a progressive carve postal about a bazillion years ago. One big piece of carving material, first person starts the image, the next person adds theirs, and so on. We all got a copy of the finished stamp when it reached the end. Fun project.

Warrior Woman
waxing nostalgic
Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Feb 1, 2019 7:52pm
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At the recent LLBean event (which was AWESOME - thank you Teacup and Mud and the rest of the organizers!!), several people noticed my markers and asked where I got them. If you were one of those people, the markers are Neuland Art Markers with the brush tip, and you can buy them at https://us.neuland.com

They are made in Germany, and they are absolutely terrific for stamping. Why, you ask?

1. The large brush nib allows you to both color very small details precisely (by using the very tip) and ink up large areas quickly (by using the flat side of the nib) using the same marker

2. The bright and vibrant marker inks are water-based and do not bleed through paper (and have no chemical smell)

3. You can buy refill ink, which allows you to refill your marker 22 times (!) - great for the environment!

4. You can buy replacement nibs, so if yours get disfigured or discolored, you can just replace them

Any downsides? Well, the big one is cost. Each marker is a little over $3.00 and the replacement ink refills are about $8.50. And you have to pay shipping from Germany, which starts at almost $20. (No sales tax though, so that's a small plus.)

Still, I LOVE these markers, and I think these are worth the investment if you're in the market for quality, long-lasting markers for stamping.
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970959 by Origami Hen
Feb 1, 2019 9:07pm
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They looked awesome! I saw them with a group of about 6 people... every time someone took off one of the caps to look at them, they exclaimed "OOOOOOUUUUHHHH!!!!!!" (me included!)
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970959 by Origami Hen
Feb 2, 2019 3:48am
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Thank you for sharing, Origami Hen! My birthday is coming up, so these might be at the top of the list.
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970959 by Origami Hen
Feb 2, 2019 8:43am
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How do they stamp compared to ink pads? The main reason I avoid using markers is that I'm often disappointed in how the ink stamps compare to a high quality ink pad. Markers tend to either bleed or be washy or be splotchy, and I've had some pretty pricey sets.
Speedy-Carve 2007
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Feb 2, 2019 7:04pm
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I scored a sheet of 2007 Speedy-Carve at Blick today. I hope it is firmer than the 2016 stuff I've been using. My last 2009 was really nice. Picture: https://www.atlasquest.com/images/gallery/14/60/146031lg.jpg
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970973 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 2, 2019 7:57pm
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For any stamp that can take a stamp pad, I would use a stamp pad. I don't think any marker can beat a quality stamp pad. But for stamps which require detailed coloring that can't be done with a stamp pad, these markers are awesome. They bleed less than any other marker I've used.
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970959 by Origami Hen
Feb 2, 2019 7:59pm
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Addendum: The Neuland website is a little clunky, so to get to the Neuland One Art Marker (brush nib) directly, use this link:

https://us.neuland.com/markers-more/neuland-markers/neuland-no.one-art-brush-nib-0.5-7-mm-single-colours.html?c=740

Then you can pick individual marker colors using the drop down menu.
Re: Speedy-Carve 2007
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Reply to: #970992 by TheKindlyVikings
Feb 2, 2019 8:21pm
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Hi, umm I really hate to be the bearer of bad news ...

I’m with the Speedy-Carve police. The 2007 batch has been officially deemed unworthy. Sorry but I’m going to have to confiscate that piece. 😄

Seriously though, congrats on that score!
Re: Speedy-Carve 2007
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Reply to: #970992 by TheKindlyVikings
Feb 3, 2019 10:38pm
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Nice!!

I would love to carve on the older pink. I miss it almost as much as I miss PZ Orange... sigh...

Lynn
Re: Neuland Art Markers - Excellent for Stamping!!
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Reply to: #970967 by Angel Winks
Feb 10, 2019 6:28am
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The Neuland Art Markers look and sound great, but at $3.00 each it would cost me around $60 to replace my older markers (plus shipping?). I know this has been asked often, but new products appear from time to time. So, what are the current favorites in markers?
Seeking Logbooks
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Feb 15, 2019 2:37pm
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Years ago, someone made me some logbooks that I very much liked. They were about 2.5"x3.5", they had a light tan cover, they closed like a matchbox but were thicker, and they were sewn together not far from the base.

Was that you, or do you know who it might have been?

On another note, in case I cannot find this person, does anybody have any nicely made logbooks that you would like to give away or sell?
Re: Seeking Logbooks
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Reply to: #971497 by RDHG
Feb 15, 2019 4:02pm
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I know how to make matchbook logbooks, but I doubt I'm the person you're remembering.

In any case, here's a link so you can make your own. I learned from this blog:

http://campfireladycreates.blogspot.com/2009/03/matchbook-logbook.html

You need a package of blank 3x5 file cards, some card stock for the cover (which is one piece that wraps around the pages), and thread & needle. I use embroidery floss and a blunt tapestry needle. The last thing you need is an awl to poke the holes through everything, and a couple of binder clamps to hold the pages still while you're boring the holes.

18 file cards cut in half make a 36 page book 2.5"x3", and that's about a quarter inch thick - just about as many pages as I can handle, so make the first one with fewer pages.
Re: Seeking Logbooks
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Reply to: #971497 by RDHG
Feb 16, 2019 8:54am
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do you know who it might have been?

You have no idea who made the logbooks for you?
Re: Seeking Logbooks
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Reply to: #971565 by MissMoon
Feb 16, 2019 9:04am
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No. I do not remember. It has been about five years.
Re: Seeking Logbooks
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Reply to: #971497 by RDHG
Feb 16, 2019 8:18pm
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I think Colorful Caterpillars makes/sells them. Or used to. I've seen her selling them at events.
Remanufactured Toner
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Mar 2, 2019 3:39pm
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So, I have been having problems with the acetone transfer with toner from the last 2 remanufactured toner cartridges for my HP printer. The current black I have purchased from this vendor previously and didn't have any problems, so I purchased the latest cartridge from them. But this one the toner just isn't transferring or barely transfers. Does anyone have any recommendations for remanufactured HP replacements? I just can't afford a genuine HP cartridge at over $100.
Re: Remanufactured Toner
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Reply to: #972287 by Phoenix Rizing
Mar 3, 2019 6:37am
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I search replacement cartridges and get the cheapest equivalent cartridges available. When I get home I'll check the box and tell you where it came from.
Light & Magnification
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Mar 11, 2019 10:41pm
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Hi everyone

I attended another event this weekend and as always I walked out blown away with the talent of my fellow letterboxers. I am in awe of your art, and inspired to better myself and skills.

I once used a lamp and magnification glass and I made what I consider my most precise carve. It was an antique and not mine so this is not an obtainable object for me. I have tried an ottlight light and mag combo, as well as a cheap illuminated mag headloupe but I found the focal points to be wrong for me and either myself or the glass was too close to the carving medium for comfortable carving (I am a large man for those who don’t know me).

My question for you out there is what do you like to use for light and magnification? I do not like being hunched over so am looking for something where I can comfortably sit and carve.

Thanks in advance
Dawgdok
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 11, 2019 10:55pm
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The first one I had (bought at Michaels) was marginal and eventually the plastic nut housings broke rendering it useless.

Based on a recommendation on these forums I bought this one:
https://www.amazon.com/d/Desk-Lamps/Brightech-LightView-Pro-Magnifying-Lamp/B016LTTS8S

I can’t say enough good things about it. Magnification is great. The LEDs are bright. The joints in the arms are tight and stable. And it’s got great range.

DZ
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 12, 2019 12:23am
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The most powerful reading glasses you can find, and any good light. Since I need a prescription, I actually asked my eye doctor to write a separate prescription for "work glasses", much stronger than my reading prescription but still having my astigmatism correction.
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 12, 2019 3:35am
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A lot of magnifying lamps seem to be of the clamp on version which I can't use because my desk has no lip to clamp to. Or there are the other lamps which have the magnifier separate from the light itself, which just didn't work for me. And then there are lamps which have incandescent bulbs which got so hot that I couldn't carve for more than a few minutes. Fortunately, I happened on this inexpensive table magnifier which I have used for the past seven years. I use it ALL the time, not just for carving but also for reading fine print or just as a desk lamp and have replaced the bulb twice in that time.
I do not like being hunched over so am looking for something where I can comfortably sit and carve.

I have arthritis in my back so I have found if I use a raised surface to rest my medium on, I only have to bend a little to see through the magnifying lamp. I have a nice sturdy and pretty gift box about the size of a 6 inch piece of 2x4 that works for me. Many carvers can carve while holding the medium which also might prevent hunching. My style is to carve on a flat surface so the box helps.
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 12, 2019 5:27am
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I don't like hunching over my work either. I recently purchased a U.S. Art Supply Solid Solana Adjustable Wood Desk Table Easel and no more hunching. I also have table lamp--an Ott Light, over my work area and I use Mag-eyes along with readers, to answer your question.

Happy carving,
Mosaic Butterfly
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 12, 2019 6:30am
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I’ve nearly always used a pair of readers over my RX glasses. Yeah it looks weird but like kirbert says it keeps your prescription needs in addition to stronger lenses. Recently I had my cataracts done. Now I just have different strengths of readers

As for light, always an ottlight.

The light and magnification being separate allows you to choose your carving comfort zone