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Re: Light & Magnification
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 12, 2019 11:37am
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For light I use a rechargeable portable clip on lamp that has a bendable neck. I clip it to a portable lap desk that I sit on the table. For magnification, I found on READERS.COM 7x magnification readers. As an Xacto carver, I found that have glasses that I can wear easier to use than a stationary magnifying glass.
Re: Light & Magnification
Board: Tools of the Trade
Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 13, 2019 11:14am
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A long time ago I read a post about getting a pair of reading glasses that are of a strength such that objects are in focus really close to your face, and that's what I did. It's like wearing magnifying glasses.

For light, I get the best results with a regular desk lamp with the long neck that can be adjusted so the light comes from the side and back rather than overhead. That way I can see the shadows of where I've already cut. If you color your carving block before cutting that maybe doesn't matter, but I just carve the pink stuff and it can be hard to see what's been cut.
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 13, 2019 10:59pm
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I use an OttLite. I have the one that switches between being a floor or tabletop lamp. I usually have it in “floor” mode while I sit on the couch with the glass right up to my face and hold my carves up. Using mustard colored Staz-On also really helps you differentiate what you are and are not carving away.

I also had Advanced Lasik done a year ago, but that may be a little far to go to improve carving. 😜 Before that, I either over-compensated by defocusing my eyes, or I put a fresh pair of contacts in.
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 14, 2019 11:47am
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Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972616 by Phoenix Rizing
Mar 16, 2019 3:38pm
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I didn’t realize reading glasses came that powerful. Think I’ve only seen up 3+ in stores but much more powerful available online. I think I will try this route and since we already have an Ott Light that takes care of that. Thank you everyone for your thoughts!
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Mar 16, 2019 8:43pm
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I've bought an OttLite 2-in-1 LED Magnifier Floor Lamp some time ago. This has greatly helped my carving. We purchased it at JoAnn fabric. It's a bit pricey but if you can catch it on sale or find a coupon it helps. I have large hands it definitely helps for better detailing.

https://www.joann.com/ottlite-2-in-1-led-magnifier-floor-and-table-lamp/12398111.html
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972587 by Kirbert
Mar 19, 2019 6:26pm
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Since I need a prescription, I actually asked my eye doctor to write a separate prescription for "work glasses", much stronger than my reading prescription but still having my astigmatism correction.

What a great idea! I am going to ask about that.

Thanks,

~Aurora
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Apr 3, 2019 4:39am
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I have a table top OTT light with magnifier, which I got at JoAnn's (it's now falling apart......). Unfortunately, it doesn't light up enough for me, so I use a floor OTT lamp for light.

BB
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Apr 4, 2019 9:03am
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I have been using the Ottlight ( double necked )
Lamp and magnifier and this is what works well for me.
Good luck ..please let us know if you find something that works better for you!
Re: Light & Magnification
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Reply to: #972585 by Dawgdok
Apr 5, 2019 6:16am
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I use the Ottlite (the one one that converts between a floor stand and table top. I angle it so my face is only a few cm from the glass. I find there are no focal point issues when I do this as my eyes are already in the center. It is like looking without it, but closer. That clear.