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Great for beginners, printmakers, and stamp carvers, Speedball Speedy-Cut Carving Blocks are high-density rubber blocks that are quick and easy to carve.
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from Lubbock Texas
Comments about Speedball Speedy-Cut Carving Blocks:
A little on the mealy side...but works great for elementary age students or beginners.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Willoughby Hills, OH
Great for carving handmade stamps. This product was the size I needed at a reasonable cost.
This was fun
By Kathryn the explorer
from Springfield, MO
This was my first time using this type of product. I thought it was fun and easy to use - easier than I expected.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not terrible, but not great.
from Allentown, PA
Like other reviews said, this product crumbles when carved, but your experience with these blocks will vary depending on what you're using them for. They cut like butter, which can either be beneficial or detrimental depending on your skill and experience with carving. I would not recommend these blocks for beginners, students, or kids, because they cut so easily that beginners can VERY easily ruin their entire project with one accidental slip of the cutting tool. You can carve deeply into the blocks, but you HAVE to carve deep if you want finer details, so your pieces can't be that complicated. I wasn't personally as frustrated by this product as some other people were, but I also wouldn't purchase this in bulk going forward. I needed to carve a lot of stamps in a short amount of time, so this was great for me, but I also bought these blocks knowing that they'd eventually crumble apart and I would have to carve my stamps again. This is the sort of block you buy when you're strapped for both money and time and don't mind if you need to remake your stamps again later with a better quality block.
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A big bee stamp
Tags: Picture of Product
Using the stamp
Tags: Made with Product
Otherwise I'm a Speedball Fan
from Brooklyn, NY
Why do you need these if you make something as excellent at the pink Speedy Carve pads? For my purposes these are too soft. Way too soft. They don't allow for enough detail in design for my purposes as a result. Unless I'm missing something, the speedy carve pink pads are soft enough for any child old enough to be allowed to use sharp tools to make art and they afford much more detail as a child becomes capable of such.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing your feedback on your experience using this product. We are sorry to hear that it did not work out for your projects. We will pass your comments on to our Product Managers.
Smooth Like Butter!
By Sam Kate
from Chapel Hill, NC
I've used the speedball rubber blocks to easily carve large or small stamps. It's like carving a cloud!
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eat your beets!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great for mixed media work!
from New Milford, CT
The block is really easy to carve. It doesn't take much effort and if you need a stamp on the fly for a project, this Speedy-Cut block comes in handy. It may be the material but compared to another one I've tried, this tends to leave behind some "shavings." At first I thought it would be a problem but they came off easily when I brushed the surface.Because it's a soft block, you'll have to get the hang of how much or how little pressure you put on your carving tool. If you dig too deeply, it's possible to pull out more than you intended to which might ruin your design. The other great thing about it is that you can use both sides of the block so it's like you have two for the price of one.
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Carved stamp on hand painted bag
Tags: Using Product, Speedy-carve Block, Hand painted
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Happy Customer
from Ontario, Canada
These stamp blocks are perfect for carving - very happy customer here! Shipping was a little pricey to Canada, but my purchase arrived very quickly. Can't complain about the quality, they're super easy to carve and small details are easily achieved with the right tools.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
4 x 5.5 block, not accurate
I love the versatility of this product. I just have one complaint, and Speedball is to blame, not Dick Blick. The measurement on the label claims that the size is 4 inches by 5.5 inches, but that is not accurate... at least not for the 8 blocks which I ordered. My blocks measure 3.9 inches by 5.1 inches. If you are working freehand, this may not be a big deal. But if you first create your design on a computer (especially if you have a border in your design) to be transferred onto the block, then you must bear this discrepancy in mind. Again, I love this product, it's not a big deal, but something to be aware of.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Speeball speedy cut carving blocks
By Margaret @ Noverso
from Asheville, NC
I've been carving linoleum blocks for years. I tried these a few years ago and they were SO easy to carve, easy to transfer designs to and easier to print than any other block I've used. I keep carving a hard lino block on occasion, thinking the more difficult, the more 'real' the print. Each time the traditional blocks are much less reliable to print than the speedy cut. You can print with a baren, a rolling pin, even a spoon. The only thing I should mention on the con side is that you should print all of your prints early on. the blocks seem to get a little less soft after a number of months/years. They work, but it's a bit harder to get a clear print. I have a small speedball block press, also from Blick, that solves this problem. Even if I didn't the very slight hardening totally does not outweigh the pros of this block. It is the best.
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old block works on press
Tags: Speedy Cut Block, Using Product, Picture of Product, Speedball Block Press
old block by press (left) vs hand (right)
Tags: Speedball Block Press, Speedy Cut Block
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