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Topic: Handmade Rubber Stamp Swap 3 (SIGNUP 5/29/10 - 6/24/10 ; MAIL BY 7/21/10) CLOSED  (Read 22438 times)
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« Reply #40 on: June 05, 2010 06:02:03 AM »

Dont buy Speedy cut! Michaels is likely to carry this! i hear its a crappy crumbly medium.
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« Reply #41 on: June 05, 2010 09:40:20 AM »

I agree, please don't spend your money on that stuff! It's sad to have spent all that time on a design and then have it destroyed because the material crumbles or dries up! Speedy carve (the pink stuff) is better, and I also really like PZ Kut. I have yet to try the Mastercarve that I bought, but I love how thick it looks!

Same goes for erasers I guess, quality matters. If they're too 'plasticky' they don't take the ink well and the image gets blurry.

I'm excited to join this swap, will get my sign up form filled out asap!
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« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2010 08:24:44 PM »

I would love to join this but I already have 3 swaps right now and that is 1 more than I told myself I would have! Let's see, the sign ups are until the 24th? I will have to have sent my MOH by then and I should be done with my Knitters v crocheters by next weekend (already have the patterns!!!) so if I get both of those out before sign ups close I will sign up for this one.

Should I mention I've never made stamps before?! I've been wanting to learn, though!
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« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2010 10:53:59 PM »

I would love to join this but I already have 3 swaps right now and that is 1 more than I told myself I would have! Let's see, the sign ups are until the 24th? I will have to have sent my MOH by then and I should be done with my Knitters v crocheters by next weekend (already have the patterns!!!) so if I get both of those out before sign ups close I will sign up for this one.

Should I mention I've never made stamps before?! I've been wanting to learn, though!

Please do join!  It's a very relaxing craft!  Cheesy

We'd be happy to have you!
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« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2010 12:51:03 PM »

I agree, please don't spend your money on that stuff! It's sad to have spent all that time on a design and then have it destroyed because the material crumbles or dries up! Speedy carve (the pink stuff) is better, and I also really like PZ Kut. I have yet to try the Mastercarve that I bought, but I love how thick it looks!

Same goes for erasers I guess, quality matters. If they're too 'plasticky' they don't take the ink well and the image gets blurry.

I'm excited to join this swap, will get my sign up form filled out asap!

I also tried my Mastercarve today; its very soft but also very, very delicate, so I was not carefull enough, damaged a few little lines that ruined the image and had to throw it away  Cry Back to my favorite erasers... But ok, maybe its just me being clumsy, hope it does work for you!

Looking forward to receive your questionnaire  Cheesy

 
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« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2010 11:38:24 AM »

Dont buy Speedy cut! Michaels is likely to carry this! i hear its a crappy crumbly medium.
A really good cheap place to buy blades and handles and supplies is stampeaz.com =]

I agree, please don't spend your money on that stuff! It's sad to have spent all that time on a design and then have it destroyed because the material crumbles or dries up! Speedy carve (the pink stuff) is better, and I also really like PZ Kut. I have yet to try the Mastercarve that I bought, but I love how thick it looks!

Same goes for erasers I guess, quality matters. If they're too 'plasticky' they don't take the ink well and the image gets blurry.


Woah, hold up there.  I wouldn't go so far as to warn anyone off of buying any one material.  There are just too many variables than to be all-or-nothing with carving materials.  The Speedball Master-Cut is crumbly and delicate, but it is great for fine details with light pressure and if you're mounting your stamp and careful with it, no problems.  When I first started, everyone told me to get the pink stuff (Speedy Carve) or the orange, grade A PZ Kut because they were the best - and I hated both of them!  Plus, stampeaz hasn't come out with a batch of PZ Kut for over a year.  Each material is different and better suited for different levels of details as well the preference of the carver.  I'd suggest taking everyone's opinion into account and trying out a few small pieces so you have a foundation idea of what you like to carve for what.  Then you know if you prefer solid or gummy, crumbly or rubbery, thick or thin, etc.  This swap might be a great chance to swap out a few pieces of different materials you have with your partners so you can try them without a huge investment.
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« Reply #46 on: June 07, 2010 02:26:13 PM »

Exactly.  Some people like the way some erasers carve.  (I tend to carve from erasers, big or small...)

I do like Speedy Carve for it's texture although the weight of the final piece bugs me.  (I like thinner materials, but I can't find something decent and thin.)  Crumbly bugs me more than rubbery - so I like pieces of material that are very springy.  (Whenever I buy erasers for carving, I tend to press down on them - I found some at a dollar store that fit the bill - but they are smaller!)

I found some that I like at another chain store up here.  It's not bad - but they are printed on one side which makes a double sided stamp impossible!
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« Reply #47 on: June 07, 2010 05:29:18 PM »

I'm sorry if it came out that way, I wasn't meaning to "put down" anyone's choice of medium! I just wanted to share my experience because I have had speedy-cut pieces dry out after some time and I hear it's common. But of course trying some different ones is a good idea.
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« Reply #48 on: June 07, 2010 05:53:38 PM »

I'm sorry if it came out that way, I wasn't meaning to "put down" anyone's choice of medium! I just wanted to share my experience because I have had speedy-cut pieces dry out after some time and I hear it's common. But of course trying some different ones is a good idea.
It's okay.  We all have personal quirks with our mediums!

I love the work you do on stamps too!

If I finally get paid, I'm going to purchase the sampler pack from stampeaz.com  and a #1 staedtalder.  I've been carving too long with stuff that doesn't want to take my acetone transfers!
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« Reply #49 on: June 07, 2010 10:59:50 PM »

If I finally get paid, I'm going to purchase the sampler pack from stampeaz.com  and a #1 staedtalder.  I've been carving too long with stuff that doesn't want to take my acetone transfers!

Acetone transfers, how does that work?
I used to transfer with mod podge, but then a very thin layer of paper had to stick on the stamp and sometimes while carving it was damaged and my image was gone. Now I simply use pencil for transferring the image.
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