Cotton Canvas Rolls – Making Informed Decisions For Your Studio

Many artists who have been at the business for years and years know how important it is to make practical decisions when it comes to picking out and purchasing materials. There are many aspects to take into consideration. For example, there is price to consider. But one also must consider look, style, sturdiness, and how the materials hold up under certain weather conditions. You obviously have to take into consideration the kind of work you do and what kinds of special needs you might have when picking out materials. In this article you will learn how to make the right decisions picking out cotton canvas rolls.

The first thing to consider when picking out cotton canvas rolls is what you will be using the canvas for. This might sound like a simple thing, but there are many different uses for cotton canvas. For example, you might know that you want to make a bag with your canvas. But you also have to consider if you will want a picture on your bag. If you do want a picture, then you should know how you will print the picture. Will you use an ink jet or will you screen print? You should also consider the detail and quality you would like on your print.

Something else to consider are the needs of your project. This will determine the kind of cotton canvas rolls you look at. When we talk about needs, we are talking about concerns such as waterproofing and durability. If you’re working on a series of portraits that will never leave the house, then you might not want to worry about how the canvas stands up to harsh rains and wind. If you are working on an outdoor structure, however, you will want your cotton canvas to be sturdy and treated to put up against the elements.

Finally, when considering different cotton canvas rolls, it’s important to be informed about what kind of canvas is good for what jobs. Just because you like the weave on a certain kind of canvas doesn’t mean that the canvas is best for the project you have in mind. In other words, picking out the kind of canvas you use is also about practicality. As in any other skill or discipline, it’s important to remain educated about the tools of your chosen profession. Get to know the styles of canvas that you will be using day after day.

Bat Rolling Machines – What You Should Know About the Plastics Being Used

I have referred to the plastics being used in a couple of articles I have written. This subject is so important that I have decided to write an article that addresses this area exclusively.

There are several plastics on the market today. The one most machines are using is a plastic called UHMW. This is a plastic that has been used for years and does a fairly good job during the bat rolling process. Most manufacturers like the cost of this product and simply are not willing to put out the expense to go beyond the qualities of this product.

This is a good choice but is a slick and slippage can be a problem. Adding texture to the rollers helps eliminate the slippage problem with this material. I only know of one company that machines and textures this plastic.

At least one bat rolling manufacturer is using this plastic and referring to it as nylon. Since it looks like nylon, your average consumer will never know the difference.

Another plastic that is being used in bat rolling machines is Acetal. This particular plastic is very, very hard. It does roll bats well as far as compression, but this plastic has some major drawbacks. It is also referred to as Delrin, which is actually the trade mark name. Acetal and Delrin are two different names for the same plastic.

Delrin – Acetal has some phenomenal qualities which work great in industry, but not so good in bat rollers, or bat rolling machines. The plastic rollers will last forever… but you are in danger of bat damage. Unless you are a professional roller who has rolled hundreds of bats… I would stay away from any machines that are using this product. This product is just too hard to make a good choice. There is no forgiveness. Also it too is very slick and unless textured, you can expect slippage problems with the harder and stiffer bats.

There is a third plastic which is now showing up on the market and it is being marketed as a proprietary plastic. The qualities being mentioned with this plastic are that it not too hard, has recall memory, and solves the slippage problem. Since the plastic being used in this machine is not being mentioned because of proprietary reasons, I can not include the exact type of this plastic. What I can say is that these are the qualities that should be looked for when purchasing a high-end Bat Rolling Machine.

The most important thing is that you choose a machine that rolls bats well but also grips and has forgiving qualities too it. I am not suggestion that rolling is difficult or even rocket science. What I am saying is that it is important to do your homework so you are able to choose your Bat Rolling Machine and Company from an educated and enlightened position.


1. Too hard of a plastic has zero tolerance for forgiveness
2. Too slick of a plastic will result in bat slippage on stiff and some new bats.
3. Do your homework and choose a machine that serves you needs and experience.

By following this outline you will be able to choose the right machine for you and will have years of happy rolling. There truly are some great Bat Rolling Machines on the market today.

Choosing Educational Toys

How do you ensure that the educational toy you buy will be right for your child? As with everything there are no guarantees with children. There are a couple of things to consider when selecting children’s educational toys that can improve the chances that your choice will be well received. First, evaluate the developmental stage that your child is at. Select educational toys that target skills and abilities for that stage. An educational toy that is too advanced may cause frustration, and one that is too simple will not be challenging enough to warrant attention. Below is a general guideline for what types of children’s educational toys are better suited for developmental stages from newborn through 3 years old. This is only meant to be a guide to start you thinking in the right direction. Use these guidelines and your knowledge of your child’s interests to you help make your educational toy purchases.

Newborn to 3 Months: Babies cannot do much at this stage but their senses are eager for stimulation. Children’s educational toys with high-contrast patterns and bright colors will capture little ones’ attention. Babies can see color from birth but have difficulty distinguishing between similar tones. Educational toys designed with bright and distinctly different colors like red, green, black and white help babies differentiate shapes and patterns. Babies spend a good deal of time on their backs and sides at this age making colorful mobiles that play music a great educational toy choice. Babies are fascinated by their reflection in safety mirrors. They are not able to recognize themselves but the activity is great visual stimulation. Baby gyms are excellent educational toys because of the variety of stimulation they offer. Baby gyms have bright colors, a variety of attachments with different shapes, textures, and sounds. Most gyms now play music and have lights as well. These educational toy gyms require baby to pull, kick, or bat something to set off the stimulus helping to develop motor skills.

Suggested toys for this age: Galt Paynest and Gym, Busy Bear Mirror, 2 in 1 Smart Gym, Farm Friends Mobile, Jumbo Gym, and Farm Linkies.

3 to 6 Months: During this stage your baby will gain better head control and have better movement of arms and legs. They generally grip onto anything they can get their hands on and put it directly into their mouth. Educational toys like rattles promote motor development and provide sensory stimulation. Since everything ends up in the mouth, educational toys that are chewable or soft plush are favorites. Babies need to experience different textures so vary the materials educational toys are made of. Activity centers provide lots of stimulation at this age. These educational toys normally have lots of buttons that produce sounds, lights, and give a variety of textures to explore. Hand-eye coordination will improve as babies explore the activity center. Parents are often on the move more with babies at this age. Activity bars that fit across a stroller, car seat, or bouncy chair that have dangling, squeaky toys and mirrors keep baby stimulated while on the move. Motor skills develop as baby reaches, hits, pulls, and kicks at the accessories on these educational toys.

Suggested toys for this age: Tummy Play Trainer, Curiosity Cube, Toe Time Infant Car Toy, Musical Arch ‘N Play, Jungle Pals Pushchair Arch.

6 to 12 Months: Your baby has much better control over arm and leg movement. By 9 to 10 months, your baby should be able to move around by some means- either pulling, crawling, or scooting. By 12 months they should be able to stand by themselves and many will even start walking. Educational toys including wooden blocks that baby can stack and knock down, throw, or bang together to make noise are good choices. By 12 months, educational wooden blocks can be used for early construction play to promote development of motor skills, cause and effect, sensory and visual stimulation. Educational toys like the Sensory Ball from Edushape, provides great stimulation with different textures. Once babies learn to sit up, they will enjoy rolling a ball and trying to catch it as you roll it back. Letting your baby chase the ball will encourage movement. Trying to figure out why a square block won’t go through a round opening will help develop problem solving skills- though it may cause some frustration in the beginning. By the time your baby is 12 months, they will start to enjoy stacking activities, though they will need help in trying to get the right order. More interest in books will be noticeable now. Try to buy books that have pages with different textures and simple flaps. This will help to develop their sense of touch.

Suggested toys for this age: Frog in the Box, Activity Cube, Farm Friends Stacker, Soft Books, Hug a Bug, Textured Blocks.

1 to 2 years: With each step your baby becomes more independent and confident. Little ones at this age spend every waking hour exploring and experimenting. For those still a bit unsteady walking, educational toys that promote mobility such as a walker or push car are great choices. Pushcarts and wagons are a great way for children to tote things around- another favorite activity at this age. Educational toys including soft plush toys and dolls remain favorites at this age. Children often become very attached to one or two and use them in creative play. Toddlers can find many ways to make loud sounds. Musical instruments like drums, maracas, and tambourines are educational toys that will help them learn to appreciate music while they make noise. Inset puzzles require toddlers to lift out pieces and find the right places to put them back. These first puzzles improve problem skills and fine tune motor skills. Puzzles are educational toys that your children will play with over and over again.

Suggested toys for this age: 4 in 1 Walker, Galt Wooden Baby Walker, Little Hands Music Band, Mini Edublocks, First Blocks, Baby Puzzles, Wooden Shaped Puzzles, First Puzzles.

2 to 3 Years: Your toddler’s motor skills are now well developed. They can run, jump, and climb. The area of explosive development in this stage is speech and language. Imaginative play becomes the focus for this age group. Educational toys that children use as props in pretend play help build language and communication skills. Great educational toy choices for this age include character toys, puppets, dolls, toy vehicles, and animal figures. These educational toys foster creativity and imagination by allowing your child to create wonderful adventures, model adult behavior, and role-play. Large piece puzzles are great educational toys for this age. Children at this age should be able to complete a 4 to 6 piece puzzle on their own. Puzzles are a great activity to build hand-eye coordination, problem solving, and fine motor skills.

Suggested toys for this age: Table and Chairs, Wooden Stacking Train, Airport Blocks, Maggie’s Friends, Shaped Puzzles, Play and Learn Puzzles.

What You Should Learn About Educational Baby Toys

Babies do not simply become intelligent and responsible human beings on their own. They need parental support from the very day that they come into this world. Baby maturity and development occurs in phases such that after attaining a particular age, it will require rather different items for survival. Educational baby toys are essential ingredients for proper development. Manufacturers of these playthings understand what would trigger sensory and motor growth in babies of different ages.

They offer toys that would enable babies learn and explore new things. How do they do that? Well, producers use color as one of the main play triggers. All types of toys, whether they belong to infants, tots, pre-nursery, or bigger school going children are brightly colored. Many children love vivid colors such as light blue, deep pink, white, yellow, light green, red, orange and so on.

As you go on to pick dolls, choose cute and love colors, patterns, prints and shapes. Little babies who can only observe or grip may care less about the shape of a toy than its color. Gorgeous and conspicuous playthings actuate creativity and learning in babies. On the other hand, big and intelligent kids will seriously show interest in ugly shaped dolls. They will openly reject them even if there is so much they could learn from simply making use of them.

Producers also use sounds and vibrations to trigger motor growth in babies. Thus, they produce educational baby toys with built-in music audio devices. They will commonly feature at least ten or more different lovely songs, which babies will listen to and imitate. Additionally, manufacturers use light as a way to make kids bright and attentive. Flashing light built-in to a toy would certainly excite many of them and they will be tempted to touch.

Another thing that these sweet little kids enjoy is rolling things that vibrate at the same time. Some structures feature balls that can roll down and pop back up from their original source. These kinds boost a child’s eye coordination and since it is forced to pick all items that miss their direction up, a child learns to pick and grasp skill. These designs are rather useless for very tiny babies; they are best for kids who are about nine months old and above. Blocks are incredible tools for sharpening a kid’s brain.

All he or she has to do is stack the blocks up, slot them through a hole and take pleasure in how they vanish. These block toys come with flashing lights and sounds as well. Closely related dolls are the snap lock beads, which help a child, coordinate its eyes and hands properly. All they have to do is connect such beads together until they come up with cute jewelry. Aquarium playthings are attractive and effective too because these educational baby toys introduce kids to what happens in the oceans. They feature ocean wave sounds and baby has to press buttons to turn on the sweet sounds. These are best for bigger kids.