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Note:  If you can't find this specific brand of resin, there are a number of other brands of UV resin available, some of which you can purchase online - such as Gel du Soleil, UltraDome, etc. They all work about the same way, although the curing times, etc. might vary between different brands. They all come with instructions, of course.

I do recommend using a 36-watt UV lamp instead of 9-watt, but these are not expensive and can also be purchased online. I picked one up from AliExpress for around $20 and they're not much more on Amazon, eBay, etc. I don't cure my projects out in the sun simply because I don't want stuff getting into the resin and we live on a dusty gravel road.

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That Solarez light runs about $40.  Bondic comes with its own light.

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My Ultradome just arrived, as did my 36-Watt lamp from AliExpress - about $22 with free shipping by e-Packet, with pretty fast delivery considering from China, about 2 weeks.  Can't wait to try this!

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Very cool tool.  An alternative, obviously not as fancy but perfectly serviceable, is a simple mitre box. For large canes like Cindy slices here I suggest one like I have, which was made for people who make soaps and need to slice their "loafs", which is just like a large cane.  I think I paid around $20 for it, including a blade that works fine too, but you can use a tissue blade if you wish. (By the way, the soap folks have a number of tools like molds and shape-cutters that are good for clay work.)

Unless you really need really-really-really high precision in repeating the thickness of your cane slices, you'll find that you can trust your eyes to judge the thickness of your slices quite accurately, moving the cane along as you slice.  With very little practice the slices will be so close to identical that there's no visible difference.  If you wish, you could glue down a measuring strip marked off in sixteenth-inches or millimeters onto the bed of the miter box as a guide, but it's really not necessary even to do that.

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The main issue I have with JoolTool is all the different kinds of wheels etc, most of which you have to purchase separately, and it's really not clear which ones you need for different purposes, different materials, etc.  If you work with mixed media, it gets even more confusing.

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Like the new version (have the old one) - looks a lot more versatile.  Is there a foot pedal by any chance, like other flexshaft tools have?

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Have you used PearlEx with UV resin?  I doubt I'll be using 2-part resin anymore since trying UV, it's so much better for what I do.

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Those rollers must be fabulous for mica shift!  Do a video, Cindy - maybe using the palm frond roller and one of the geometrics? Also, his prices don't seem unreasonable at all for a high-quality detailed stamp or roller. Maybe next he'll come out with a handle for the rollers so you can roll long patterns more easily with one motion.

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Cool tip about the hole punch!

I put a small test drop of resin on the card itself to test curing, just so I don't risk creating a flaw in the piece by touching it in case it isn't quite cured.  I also bend one end of the card up a bit at the outset, which makes it easier to pick up cleanly when I'm ready to transfer it to the lamp.

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Hi - does the pigment in the UV resin interfere at all with the resin curing, or make it take longer to cure or anything like that?

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That tape looks like ordinary Coban that you can buy very cheaply at your drug store.

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For $100, an even better arbor press than the one from Harbor Freight that I referenced earlier.  This one not only has the "crank handle" for applying pressure, but a speed wheel for repetitive pressing operations. 

http://www.zoro.com/dayton-press-arbor-1-ton-4z328/i/G3382994/

Want it purple?  http://www.tcpglobal.com/VHT-SP452.html#.VdeDZSv0n84
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