31/08/2014 at 23:18 #6650Jeremy SutcliffeParticipant
I’ve just had a cataract operation.
That should be good news and it is. For going about the house and around town I’m not wearing glasses for the first time in 60 years.
My other eye (cataract done about 4 years ago) gives me a good focal length for reading but no closer.
My detail painting technique relied more and more on the eye with the cataract and painting about an inch in front of my eye where everything was still in sharp focus.
My newly repaired eye, as brilliant as it is for reading the scoreboard at Old Trafford without binoculars, has no close focus capacity at all.
I’d anticipated the problem and found some inexpensive jeweller’s eye pieces on Amazon. The one with 2x magnification is all I need.
The trouble is that I have yet to master keeping it in my eye. I spend as much time casing it across the floor as I do putting paint on a figure.31/08/2014 at 23:21 #6651MikeKeymaster01/09/2014 at 02:51 #6657Nick the LemmingParticipant01/09/2014 at 10:01 #6680BlackhatParticipant
I also had cataract operations 3 years ago and found it changed my focal length so I can no longer hold a figure right in front of my eye. I use a cheap set of magnifiers with a headband. Can’t remember where I got them from but they were a lot cheaper than buying an Optivisor and they work absolutely fine.
Having said that I’ve been painting 54mm with a size 3 brush recently…
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http://www.www.blackhat.co.uk/01/09/2014 at 12:08 #6695willzParticipant
I have been wearing classes for 12 years now and I like you Jeremy had to learn new painting technique. I have found using an arm mounted magnifying glass with interregnal daylight lamp works for me, it required me to relearn distances and use different skills to paint my figures. I know you are not wearing glasses now but tis might work for you.
Plus its now cheaper than when I bought mine.01/09/2014 at 12:48 #6709PatriceParticipant
I have one of these. Good stuff.
(It fell on the ground once and broke the light but it was easy to order a spare light).
https://www.anargader.net/01/09/2014 at 16:27 #6736LudditeParticipant
Got mine from The Loupe Store.
Cheap as owt, fits ower glasses an all.01/09/2014 at 16:57 #6743Andy hutchinsonParticipant
Guys if you can check around instead of jumping straight to maplins. They aren’t the cheapest option around.
One example, diamond needle files, maplins wanted to charge me £10 the hardware place 50 feet away charged £6 and they are better durability and quality.
I got the same thing Patrice mentioned and as Patrice says, it has a lamp…and you can get a daylight bulb. The visor is easier to use though.
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