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Post by MichelleLA on Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:48 pm

Simple question -- what are the advantages of a round rainbow or split cake? It seems to me that there would be disadvantages, in terms of loading a sponge or brush, but perhaps I'm missing something?

When you have a palette with round and square holes (like the one from Michael's), do you make your splits randomly or do you plan for example to put the ones you are going to sponge in the round holes and the ones for a brush in the square? Or am I over complicating this?

Is it just that most of the containers happen to be round?

Also, what are the advantages of the long splits like the ones that some people make in tackle boxes?

Thanks,

Michelle


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Re: Split/rainbow cakes square vs. round vs long

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:15 pm

I don't think there's any advantage to the round containers. I think the main reason for rounds is it's easier for the face paint companies to find round containers & so that's what they use.
I much prefer a square container as it wears more evenly.
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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:26 pm

Basically it is a choice of whatever works for you. I have to say that the square or rectangle containers are a little easier to work and load. With the round cakes the end colours have less paint in the container and it can be a bit fussy to load the sponge.

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Post by BarbieSmith on Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:21 am

Think of it from the manufacturer/retailer perspective. If you take two 3 inch by 3 inch containers - one square and one circular - and you need to consider your business' bottom line, well then you will sell the circular one (it holds MUCH less product). That sounds evil, but really it is just a business decision, I am guessing. Smile
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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:36 pm

Actually... the round containers are standard for the product. That's why they were cutting round cakes and putting them back in the same containers. It WAS a cost issue - not buying special containers at extra cost!!

When you buy face paint it comes in round cakes, right? So, the easy and cheapest way to make split cakes is to cut the round cakes to go back in the same container.

It wasn't because it was less product used, it was because that was the way the product came.

The rectangular containers are now being used because they work better and consumers wanted them...

And most of the rectangular containers you can buy commerically are quite shallow... so the amount of paint if you compare to a full sized one colour cake is LESS, usually for more $$.

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Post by Sweet Loretta on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:54 am

Round containers hold far more product than the sq/rectangular.
Round containers fit in palettes and make for easy transporting and use for busy makeup/paint artists.

They are apples and oranges - many use split cakes but not all these artists use the trademarked one stroke method so the shape can be of little concern.
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Post by Sam I Am on Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:56 am

I have rectangular ones, and they are loads more expensive. That being said, I have almost used one up and I think it was worth the money I paid for it. I like the rectangular ones they load on brush and sponge better.
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Post by BluAngL83 on Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:04 am

I like rectangular b/c it fits my sponge beautifully. for the mini cakes, im currently using square but am trying out Tag's splits which are rectangular and it would seem that it would be easier to load my brush. Thats why i bought rectangular containers to put all my colors in Smile
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Post by Sam I Am on Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:06 am

Yeah, all my splits are TAG and the container is a great shape for #12 flats and sponges. I love that even the most simple design when done with a split makes jaws drop.
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Post by Winger1200 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:32 am

I prefer rectangular containers for a longer sponge or brush stroke to load on paint. I got one of those tiny rainbow cakes & wasted too much time getting it on the brush.

If I could design my own pallet, it would all be long rectangular wells for fast sponge load with a row of one inch by four inch long wells at the bottom for One Stroke work. Each pallet well would hold 18ml paint.

In our industry, fast & easy is key! Hope the manufacturers wake up to that fact. TAG did, & sales are goin' great in the USA, too.
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Post by vegas mom on Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:53 pm

Older thread but trying to get rid of some round containers...I found clear acrylic cases with the lids. almost 2 inches square and about 1/2 inch deep(thats including lid space) so you could probably go 3/8 with paint. 99 cents each.. I get the rectangle for loading rainbow cakes is there any other reason for rectangles as opposed to squares???
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Post by Denise Cold on Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:27 pm

Square containers are good space savers but it kind of goes back to that question of what kind of painter are you? The round containers are okay for painters that dip their sponge and swirl around for the color and apply. I've also seen a lot of body painters carry them screwed together in a stack. Square containers are great for those that work with splits and rainbows so they can load the sponge evenly but I still get dips in mine because I press so I redo the splits when I get close the bottom or buy new and save the bits.

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Post by vegas mom on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Thanks Denise..Im a dip and swirl with the brush, I think I swipe my sponge and I hope I left enough room. I took my nice paints and made them square... They look great...Keeping my whites and blacks in round containers. The screw together ones are the big 90 gr. I hope I like it, keeping my fingers crossed. Have a super weekend Very Happy
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Post by Luvs to paint on Thu May 03, 2012 10:03 am

I buy the empty plastic containers from Metina, cut the section out of my round rainbow cake, and piece it in the new container. I also cut the hinged lid off because I don't use them. As the paint wears down, I add the little sections still left from the round original container until all gone. Has been working for me! Sometimes I play around with the "left over" pieces and try new combinations. it's fun!
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