Was thinking about how I’ve been getting spots lately that are not curing, even at proper convection oven temperatures. I’ve been using larger wedges lately, and they as well as all other wedges I’ve purchased lately now contain vitamin E. Could the vitamin E be just oily enough in the wedges to affect certain areas when mottling or flesh layers are applied? It’s really hard to find my old wedges without vitamin E any more. The brand I love is now using it.
I wondered about that but never seemed to have any problem when I used the vitamin E wedges. At the time I couldn’t locate any that didn’t have it.
The only place I could fine without vitamin E were bought at Sallys beauty supply. You have to read the bag though because they carry both, with and without it.
I was buying mine from Walmart n they had vitamin e in them. I brought a small bag from cvs. They didn’t contain the vitamin e. I ordered a bag of 100 today from BB. I never had trouble with mottling or the sponges.
I don’t use wedges with Vitamin E because I’m concerned it may cause issues.
I never noticed. BRB going to go check my sponges.
I have t had any problems. My paint is curing. Maybe it’s because I use Equate Brand and the Vit E isn’t really in them.
Wow that’s a great assumption and I think you may be right! I checked my wedges and mine don’t contain Vitamin E but if that’s the trend in the cosmetic world then I guess I had better stock up on the ones without right away!!
Oh no. We’re all afflicted
I have been using the equate Walmart brand and it says it has vitamin E but I have never had a problem with my paint curing either. I didn’t even notice that they contained vitamin E until I looked just now.
It’s really hard to find the bigger dense wedges that don’t swell up without vitamin E in them. My Sally’s used to have two of the same type wedges, one with and one without. On the shelf there were two different barcodes/labels but now they only have one spot for them and they are the ones with vitamin E! I still use them and I use the ones from CVS, the ones with blue purple pink and white and they have it too but they are my favorites and I haven’t had any issues(yet). I did discover though on the blue wedges while using one to apply flesh layers, that when I pounced my wedge into the paper towel, the paper towel had a greenish/blue stain left behind. It was my first layer so it was bare vinyl and I had new white paper towels laid down. I didn’t notice color on my vinyl and it wasn’t enough to make me quit using them, Just thought I’d share!
I did a small experiment. Since I was almost done with my Larry, I tried one of the new vitamin E sponges. The brand I’ve always used is now putting it in theirs. I noticed that the mottling pattern really beaded up more than it had with my previous older sponges. My theory is that certain vinyl may be more prone to having problems with the vitamin E in the sponges, since vitamin E is oily. My Larry kit was slick and oily to begin with and stayed somewhat that way after a hot soapy bath. I will try the new sponges on my next few dolls and see if there is the same amount of paint beading.
I read somewhere that the vitamin E wedges can be soaked to get most of it out. Not sure if anyone has tried that.
Everytime I have tried washing or soaking my wedges to reuse again, they never dry normal. They are still kinda swelled and when I go to pluck them they kinda crumble. But I have read ladies do wash them with no problems, but all the ones I have washed, I had to throw out!