Not sure if this is the place to post this, but as you can see, I'm new here and have tons of questions.. What kind of lighting is recommended? And if anyone is using goggles, what brand/type is best? Right now my jewelry bench is set up in a dark room and I have a magnifying lamp. I also have a pair of magnification goggles that make me look like a cyborg lol.
I personally my Ott-lite. It's smaller tabletop version and has helped me to see my beads SIGNIFICANTLY better. The colors of the beads are truer when I put them under my lite which makes it easier to coordinate colors. I got mine as a Christmas present but I know place like JoAnn Fabrics often has them for 40-50% at this time of year.
Maddy, I have three OTT lites, two tabletop and one floor model. The ones that have the true color, which now may be called natural color are the best. I paid about $100 for my first one but they have come down and Jo-Ann Fabric stores carry them for about half that. Just make sure you are getting the right bulb. The floor lamp has an 18W bulb and it is harder to come by, so I stick with my old 13W lamps.
I have a headband magnifier that is comfy, but more often than not, I will grab a pair of clip on magnifiers that fit on the front of my computer glasses and are perfect for beading. They come in 2x and 4x magnification from Fire Mtn..........and I am sure stores everywhere. I have a tendency to buy the highest, best technology as soon as I see it. If it is going to make my life and hobby easier/better I want to try it out, so I end up paying a bit more for things. But now I have my "tools" all to where I want them and haven't bought anything since I purchased my Xuron (made in USA) tools about two years ago.
When I work on my loom, if it is a bigger piece, I often have two OTT lamps set up, one to shed light on the pattern and the other on the beads and loom. Donna
Thanks! I really want to get a desktop lamp and a floor lamp so I can work in the living room and possibly watch tv. Not sure if that's possible, lol.
You mention magnifying lenses... Do you own a pair of CraftOptics???? What color??? They are wonderful!
As for the lighting, any bulb with a natural light will be better. I use it for beading on the loom and for my photographing. Other then that, work out a comfortable tray for your lap, so you can move to a public room and make our gorgeous designs (I was reading through your Blog :)
I just looked and I have no idea what they are. This is what it looked like, kinda comical!
Oh, I have that lit magnifier visor. I can't do without it! I push the magnifiers all the way down my nose so I'm not hunching my neck whilst I'm doing my work. (not an easy thing to do when you have a ski slope for a nose!) My magnifier visor was the best investment I ever made, especially when I'm doing wire wraps and such. I have really funky vision: I'm nearsighted in my left eye and farsighted in my right eye. It's a hereditary condition; my dad has it, and my brother and sister do, too. LASIK won't help me a damn bit! These things are a Godsend!
I like them too. So sorry to hear about your vision! I keep forgetting about this visor. I should use it more often. Thanks for the reminder!
Why be sorry, Maddie? That's what glasses are for! The good news is, about the only time I really need my glaases is if I'm going to be o the computer for an extended period of time, or if I'm driving at night, 'cos I don't want to drive up a tree!
You look fantastic in them! I'd love some of those for beading at night.
Greetings from Karin.
Madly, I love the way you look in them! Hahahaha, I want to bead with you! You are so much fun!
OK, I guess you're not complaining! lol
Thanks! They do help a lot!
LOL! Not at all!