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Topic: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 5 (Signups 1/5 to 1/31; SEND OUT 3/1)  (Read 8004 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2014 04:58:54 PM »

Oh, hah hah!  I didn't even think to check that the tute links still worked.  I'll fix that one when I get a chance here soon.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Wulf!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2014 05:04:57 PM »

I'm so excited for this swap. I can't wait to start
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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2014 07:12:43 PM »

How did I miss this one? I get notifications for all the swaps that go up but I didn't get this one. What?!?! Thanks for signing up, Koreena. When I looked at your profile before approving you for the OPS I saw this and knew I had to join. I am so excited. I very rarely use stamps (?!) but I love making them. I'll be sending in my Q shortly.
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2014 10:56:00 PM »

How did I miss this one? I get notifications for all the swaps that go up but I didn't get this one. What?!?! Thanks for signing up, Koreena. When I looked at your profile before approving you for the OPS I saw this and knew I had to join. I am so excited. I very rarely use stamps (?!) but I love making them. I'll be sending in my Q shortly.

Hi Jexxican!  You saved me sending you a PM!  lol  Would love to have you, for sure!
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2014 10:57:25 PM »

Welcome to dfabbric and Wulf!   Grin Grin Grin

This is going to be a fun swap!
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2014 09:03:43 AM »

Welcome, jexxican!   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2014 09:46:33 AM »

What's the difference between a regular rubber carving block and a sandwiched one? I usually use large Erasers, since no store carries the rubber stuff here, thought I'd try buying some from etsy.
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2014 11:09:42 AM »

Woooo  a non-Pinterest swap with Jexxican  Cheesy  I'm really excited for this swap to begin, too...  I've tried to find the rubber and am having trouble  Angry  Odd.  Wish I could remember where I found it last year!  I've never used erasers, is there a big difference between the two (quality, etc?)  Sorry dfabbric, I have no idea about the sandwiched carving block...
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2014 08:20:38 PM »

What's the difference between a regular rubber carving block and a sandwiched one? I usually use large Erasers, since no store carries the rubber stuff here, thought I'd try buying some from etsy.

So far I have been having no luck researching this question.  It does appear that, at least compared to other products for sale in the States, the sandwiched product is a much more expensive option.  It also appears that it is a product manufactured in China and shipped wholesale to the States without any "brand name" association, name-brand or off-brand.  [At least as far as I can see.]

I'll continue to see what I can find.

As I haven't tried the sandwiched variety, I can't speak from experience.
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« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2014 05:34:12 PM »

My experience is that the difference between the stamp-carving blocks and erasers is mostly softness and ease of carving. If erasers are too soft they just wear away immediately, so they're usually fairly firm. That makes them harder to carve. Different brands of carving rubber have different consistencies, but in general they're softer than erasers, and some have an almost tofu-like texture that makes them very easy to carve. Of course that means they won't stand up to long-term wear, but most rubber stamps aren't used repeatedly enough for that to be a problem.

The other advantage that the carving rubber as over erasers is that it comes in much larger slabs. Most erasers are about 1" x 2", which is pretty small. You can get carving slabs as big as 5" x 7" or larger.

I've never heard of the sandwiched carving blocks. Is it a soft layer for carving bonded to a firm layer as a substrate? That would be useful.

Incidentally, gluing your stamp to a block makes it much easier to use, but it can be difficult to find a glue that sticks to synthetic rubber. I've seen several tutorials that say to use ordinary white craft glue, but it doesn't really work. It usually just peels off. I use a rubber-based contact cement, but I think Gorilla Glue might work too.

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