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Because you can see through it, Clear Carve Linoleum can be placed directly over drawings or photos, eliminating the need for image transfer. It cuts like butter, with clean edges, and is easier to carve than traditional battleship linoleum.
Virtually unable to be compressed, Clear Carve is 1/8" thick allowing it to be carved on both sides, for block prints, etching, and stamp making. This unmounted linoleum has a long shelf life and won't crack or become brittle.
® Richeson is a registered trademark.™ Clear Carve is a trademark.
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(based on 12 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
coupon or no coupon?
from Asheville, NC
The clear linoleum tiles are cool, and easy to work with when tracing...but carving is difficult, and hard to see your work.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Worked well for me.
from Ogden, Utah
I have carved just about every kind of relief block and each has it's own pros and cons. This product is more difficult to cut than other blocks but the result is detail that is very fine and allowed me to get detail that I use in my art right down to fine grass detail. I had to change my cutting style for these plates because the material grips the tools and the plate has a density that makes it more challenging to cut. I was able to carve both sides with good results because I did not to carve too deep into the plate and used a hard rubber brayer that prevented the ink from pushing into the details.Some users mentioned that the plate holds onto the bits and crumbs, including slices that refuse to detach from the plate so I use an old toothbrush to eliminate the problems.
Not such clear carving
from San Leandro
I concur with other reviewers:*I thought it would be really nice to have a product you could place directly over images, but it slips, so really needs to be on a non-skid surface which means you need to transfer by drawing on the block. At least that is easy to do.*The clear surface makes it very hard to see the carved lines.*The combination of drawn and carved lines would make it next to impossible to carve images on both sides of this block, which is one of the claimed advantages.*It does not cut like butter. More like licorice candy sticks - chewy, hard to bite cleanly. It's really hard to make smooth cuts. After carving, I find I sometimes have to grab the cut pieces of the material with fingers or tweezers to pull them out because they haven't completely separated. I have stopped using my good cutting tools on it because I am worried they will be ruined for any future use. * Tools tend to skim off the surface and create chips and 'skid' lines on other parts of the block. Too bad if that is an area you weren't planning to carve out.*The small bits of material that you carve out also then land on the block surface and stick to it and are really hard to peel back off.* Good idea, terrible execution and presumably minimal testing in the lab before it was put on the market.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
First impressions; high expectations
from Jacksonville, FL
I really looked forward to working with this clear-carve material. I was a little disappointed because some of the anticipated advantages turned out to be problems. My first problem was with reproducing an image. I taped my sketch to the back of the material and tried to trace the image with my cutting tool. The refraction made this much more difficult than I had anticipated. Second, when I carved the details of the block, the clear medium made my carved lines very difficult to see. I tried coloring the clear medium with a marker, but this seemed to change its consistency, making it harder to carve and more brittle. That said, I think the Richeson clear carve linoleum has great potential; I expect to develop methods that will overcome the problems I encountered on my first try.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Wish I had read the reviews!
By Picasso Mom
from Cary. NC
I was enticed to purchase this product because of the ease of not having to transfer an image and the current contest for a printing press. However, this product was unusable for my middle and high school students. It was EXTREMELY difficult to cut. The only solution I was given was to sharpen my blades. I can promise you that if the blades weren't dull before trying to carve this linoleum, they certainly are now!
does not "cuts like butter!"
By Dawn the Stamper
from Issaquah, WA
The product label states it "Cuts like butter!" I could not disagree more. I have carved several different carving materials, and these clear carve blocks were extremely difficult to work with. The material is very hard and because it is thin, it is more difficult to hold onto when carving. Also because it is see-through, it was much more difficult and time consuming to see my design while carving it out. When I peeled off the sticker it left a sticky residue on the carving block that I needed to wash off. And finally, it is made in China. I would not use this material again.
Cheap and nice option for students.
By Margret the Artist
from Riverview, Fl.
The blocks are thin, so you have to be careful not to carve too deep. However, for the price it was nice. Plus, fairly easy to carve.
Stick to the basics
By Art teacher in Erie
from Erie, PA
As a professional printmaker, I have carved many different materials, and I found the clear carve blocks extremely difficult to work with. The material is very hard and a little bit slippery, so you have less control carving. Additionally, the see-through nature of the block makes it harder to actually SEE what the carving looks like before printing.
Hard to cut lino
from New York, NY
I bought this product because it was clear (see through) and I thought it would save me time when transferring drawings. On the Richeson label it's described as: Easy-to-Cut Lino! and since easy cutting is important for me I bought it. Unfortunately cutting was so hard that I got cramps in my hand. I am pretty fast in cutting when I have a good lino – cutting the Richeson Lino took forever. I have never before bought such a hard lino. Very disappointing!
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By Printing Hound
from Rhode Island
I was looking for unmounted linoleum that could potentially be carved on both sides. I also wanted a product that was firmer than new print carving blocks, which feel like an eraser. You do have to figure a way around the challenge of seeing what you are carving because of the translucence of the material. Using two different markers- one for the lines to be carved; one for the sides around the lines is helpful. Make sure that you are using sharp blades to carve. Some blocks have carved easily, others were very hard. The material doesn't crumble. It has an elastic/plexi nature to it. Make sure that you get all of the little carved bits off before inking.
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