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I just wanted to post a general question about the mixture of Green Stuff. On the piece I posted here in Sculpting, a commentor noticed that I had a number of small fects of yellow still mixed into the green stuff. They offered the suggestion to avoid 1mm of the center line of the Green Stuff ribbon, a great bit of advice.

 

However, since I read that suggestion I have been avoiding the center line of the ribbon and still, even just cutting small corners from the outside edges, I have noticed small flects of hard yellow in the mix. Is this something that could be conisdered normal? Does everyone who uses Green Stuff ribbons encounter small, hardened bits of yellow as they work it onto the piece? Is there some specific method of mixing the two parts that perhaps I'm neglecting?

 

I would appreciate any help with this. I have been aggravated a number of times as I work a piece toward a finish and notice a flec of yellow jutting uncooperatively from an otherwise smooth finish and have to dig it out and hope to salavge the detai.

 

Thank you...

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how old is your green stuff?

does it seem hard to mix?

if so kneed if together under warm/hot water. I found that doing that will make even my 5 year old green stuff like new and it mixes nicely together

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@nytflyr Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that today. The stuff I'm using at the moment isn't more than a year old. I've heard that if you store the unused stock in the freezer, that is supposed to help make it last longer. Have you encounter that?

 

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@nytflyr Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that today. The stuff I'm using at the moment isn't more than a year old. I've heard that if you store the unused stock in the freezer, that is supposed to help make it last longer. Have you encounter that?

 

Thanks again...

 

nope, mine just sits in a drawer, as mentioned by others I cut the center out, and then run it under the water while working it... twist, fold, twist, fold, twist, etc...

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It definitely sounds like you have old greenstuff. Take a piece of yellow from your ribbon and pull it apart / stretch it out. Does it have a skin that crackles on the surface when you pull it apart? That's what is causing those little yellow bits in your finished mix. Unfortunately there's not a whole lot that can be done to save it when it gets to that point. I would recommend buying new greenstuff, and get the tube instead of the ribbon. When you get it, put the yellow and blue in separate airtight containers and store them in the freezer. This will keep your greenstuff as fresh as the day you bought it.

 

Gene

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That is a sad thing to hear, though I did just recently get an order of ProCreate and I suppose I should just start to use it instead. I hate to see all that green stuff go to waste, but if there is nothing for it, then what can be done. Thanks for the help...

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That is a sad thing to hear, though I did just recently get an order of ProCreate and I suppose I should just start to use it instead. I hate to see all that green stuff go to waste, but if there is nothing for it, then what can be done. Thanks for the help...

 

I would still try the hot water bit, mine is ancient (got to thinking, its probably closer to 10 years old) and is still quite useable

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That is a sad thing to hear, though I did just recently get an order of ProCreate and I suppose I should just start to use it instead. I hate to see all that green stuff go to waste, but if there is nothing for it, then what can be done. Thanks for the help...

 

I would still try the hot water bit, mine is ancient (got to thinking, its probably closer to 10 years old) and is still quite useable

 

Does the heat from this decrease your working time to any noticeable difference? It's no where near the temps given off by the various ovens folks use to speed curing, but I am curious if you've noticed any difference.

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That is a sad thing to hear, though I did just recently get an order of ProCreate and I suppose I should just start to use it instead. I hate to see all that green stuff go to waste, but if there is nothing for it, then what can be done. Thanks for the help...

 

I would still try the hot water bit, mine is ancient (got to thinking, its probably closer to 10 years old) and is still quite useable

 

I was thinking of, at the very least, using the green stuff strip for base work and things without crucial detail or smooth surfaces. I'd hate for it to go to waste. I'll still try the heat mix under water as you suggest. I'd love to get the full use out of this strip. Thanks again...

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Yes you can use it for base work or bulking out larger figures, I just wouldnt use it for finish details. As you've found out, it can cause problems. If you're planning on having your figures cast you definitely DO NOT want to use it as those little yellow bits can cause a collapse in the mold.

 

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Yes you can use it for base work or bulking out larger figures, I just wouldnt use it for finish details. As you've found out, it can cause problems. If you're planning on having your figures cast you definitely DO NOT want to use it as those little yellow bits can cause a collapse in the mold.

 

Gene

 

I did not know that. Thank you, I'll have to watch out for that if I intend to do molds of my green pieces that suffer from this. Thanks again...

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Yes you can use it for base work or bulking out larger figures, I just wouldnt use it for finish details. As you've found out, it can cause problems. If you're planning on having your figures cast you definitely DO NOT want to use it as those little yellow bits can cause a collapse in the mold.

 

Gene

 

I don't see any yellow bits in the green stuff Ive done that with, maybe the climate is just right to preserve it where I'm located. but if you are going to get them cast I wouldn't used the old stuff either :)

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