|Soft Kut carving block|
My first thoughts about this material are: ew, gross. It's floppy and feels like compressed marshmallow. Very floppy and yet its texture made me think of Speedy Cut and so I had very low hopes. While it's not my favourite carving medium, it's certainly decent and workable... Read on for more!
The material is light grey and, as I said, very floppy. The texture is quite velvety and nice to feel, with no pilling although there feels like a powder is on the material, though nothing comes off when you handle it.
Size and Weight:
This material is about 6 mm thick and quite light. It really does feel like compressed marshmallow or feel like skin.
My heat transfer went well. There wasn't any melting or problems with the transfer - in fact, the material gave a really good dark transfer.
But, when I went to cut the piece out of the larger slab, I have to admit: the cutting experience is like cutting through flesh (I mean, what I *expect* it is like to carve through flesh, I'm not a murderer...).
Pretty much zero - the material has incredible stretch and flex which can be tricky, but zero amount of crumble or pilling.
Knife carving is a little tricky. The material has a rubberiness that results in a bit of a jagged pull/pause/pull/pause motion that is hard to control. The lettering here in this stamp was tricky to say the least, but it helped a lot to use a sawing motion with the knife to control what was being carved.
Gouge carving it was much easier. Actually, it was really rather nice - smooth cuts and no jerky sensation like knife carving. If I were going to be carving some large piece, I would imagine you wouldn't get tired carving this because it is soft and doesn't require a lot of force to carve.
It inked up and stamped well. I was concerned that it might flex when putting pressure on the stamp - a larger one might suffer this problem.
It's okay, not terrible. I might want to mount it if it were a larger stamp.