Tips for previewing canes

Tips for previewing canes

Post by Judi Maddiga » Mon, 04 May 1998 04:00:00



Just thought I'd share three quilting tricks that also work well for
canes. The first is a quilting tool called a Ruby Beholder. It's similar
to a piece of red plexiglass. You look through it at the clay colors
that you have selected for a cane. It helps you to see only the values
(the lightness and darkness of the colors) rather than the hues. After
being reduced, canes with a wide range of values usually show their
patterns better than canes made with a limited range of values. I also
keep a couple of layers of green transparency film on hand for color
combinations that display better under a green filter rather than red.

The second quilting trick is to use a pair of small mirrors. Mine happen
to be 3" x 6". They are taped together along one of the short sides so
that the tape acts as a hinge. The mirrors can then be opened to any
angle. You place a cane slice on a table and hold the mirrors
perpendicular to it, adjusting the angle so that you get multiple
reflections like a kaleidoscope. Depending on the angle, you can preview
your cane slices as 4-patches, octagons, hexagons, and so on.

The third tip comes from designing quilt tops by computer. After
scanning your cane slices into the computer, you can use your image
editing software to adjust the hue and saturation. You can change the
color combination to just about anything else in the color spectrum.
Then you can stretch, mirror, rotate, clone, and skew the images to
preview all sorts of designs. It's a great way to generate ideas, and so
much faster than constructing all the variations in clay.

Judi Maddigan
http://members.aol.com/pushmolds/index.html

 
 
 

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Post by J J J Ja » Mon, 04 May 1998 04:00:00


Wow!  thanks for sharing those great tips Judi!
Jami Miller

 
 
 

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Post by LOIS0 » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


Has anyone heard of a reducing glass?  I have been trying to locate one for a
couple of years. I understand that this give you a preview of what your reduced
cane will look like.  ( It sounds too good to be true !)  Please e-mail me if
any of you can tell me that I'm not dreaming!  Thanks.  Lois Ockner

 
 
 

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Post by Echo » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


I have heard of them. basically it is an concave lense. A magnifying glass is
convex.
If you can find a photo shop that fixes cameras you might be able to get the
lens you need from an old camera they have. a good camera lens system has two
or more sets of lenses and each set has a concave and convex lense.

Using a telescope backwards gives the same effect BUT there is to much recution
to be useful.
Lysle

 
 
 

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Post by Helen Fleisch » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Has anyone heard of a reducing glass?  I have been trying to locate one for a
>couple of years. I understand that this give you a preview of what your reduced
>cane will look like.  ( It sounds too good to be true !)  Please e-mail me if
>any of you can tell me that I'm not dreaming!  Thanks.  Lois Ockner

I saw one recently in one of my art supply catalogs, either ASW or***
Blick, most likely. Not cheap but not unbearably expensive I suppose. My
reducing glass is just a free lens with no handle that I picked up from the
sale bin at Edmund Scientific. We make a point to stop there whenever we're
wandering through that part of NJ because the sale bins are so much fun.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
 Fantasy and Fiber Artist in Fairland,MD,USA

 
 
 

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Post by DABla » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>If you can find a photo shop that fixes cameras you might be able to get the
>lens you need from an old camera they have. a good camera lens system has two
>or more sets of lenses and each set has a concave and convex lense.>

The DH says you might also be able to get a concave lens through Edmund
Scientific, etc.

Other things that you might already have around the house that will work
somewhat are the viewfinder of a point-and-shoot camera (my cheapie Polaroid
actually had pretty good clarity), a reversed pair of binoculars, or a pair of
glasses for a near-sighted person (held away from your eyes).  These first and
last give about half reduction in size as far as I can tell.

There is also an old quilting trick that makes things look smaller -- one way
is to turn your back to the object and look up into a mirror which is aimed
down at the object (sort of over your shoulder).  The further you get away from
the object, the smaller the reduction --I've even been known to stand on a
stool with the object on the floor--but we're talking quilts here!  For *canes*
you probably don't need to look over your shoulder; just hold the mirror far
enough away from the object for the amt. of reduction you want and look up into
it  (or buy a reducing glass).

Diane B.

 
 
 

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Post by RSPIE » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


You can also get a reducing glass at some quilt supply stores or catalogs -
though I can't think of any names right now.

Randi

 
 
 

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Post by M3dk » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


I took a class for handhooking primitive wool rugs (like in the olden days).
The women who own the company used a reducing glass quite a bit to compare
colors and to match colors for their designs.  If you are interested, I can
give you their number to call here in Midland, Texas.  They are very nice and
would not mind shipping to you.

Lori

 
 
 

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Post by janeh.. » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


A lot of quilters go to the hardware store and buy the kind of peephole
insert used in front doors;a cheap and effective substitute for a
reducing lens.  Jane

 
 
 

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Post by LynnD » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00




Quote:

>>Has anyone heard of a reducing glass?  I have been trying to locate one for a
>>couple of years. I understand that this give you a preview of what your reduced
>>cane will look like.  ( It sounds too good to be true !)  Please e-mail me if
>>any of you can tell me that I'm not dreaming!  Thanks.  Lois Ockner

American Science and Surplus has one in their current catalog, very
cheap.  I forget the size of the lens, however.  Their catalog is
online, and easy to find with HotBot or some other search engine.  I'm
sorry I don't have the URL handy.  If you absolutely can't find it,
let me know, and I'll dig around for it.

LynnDel

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn
how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

*"*-.,_,.-*"*  To e-mail me, remove the lie  *"*-.,_,.-*"*-

 
 
 

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Post by Sherry Bail » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00


Or you could just stand a ways away from it!! (I guess I'm a skeptic -- this
is the first tool mentioned here I really don't understand why anybody would
bother with!) (For clay, not for quilts!)

Anyhow, if your canes distort like mine often do, no lens on the planet will
preview THAT (unless it looks through TIME!) ;^)

Sherry

 
 
 

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Post by Mind » Thu, 07 May 1998 04:00:00


American Science and Surplus page:

http://www.sciplus.com/

Mindy

 
 
 

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Post by SHANEANG » Thu, 07 May 1998 04:00:00


Judi,

What a treasure trove of tips! These little tips come from endless hours of
experience  to save us endless hours of experience.

Thank you!
Shane

 
 
 

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Post by RSPIE » Thu, 07 May 1998 04:00:00


Sherry said (about 'reducing glasses'):  Or you could just stand a ways away
from it!!  

I use a reducing glass for quilting, never thought of it for***.  But one
of my best methods for both is: I take off my glasses.  Granted, this may only
work for near-sighted people.  I can't see design details,(and don't want to
when I do this) but I can see if the colors and shapes flow.  I do this A LOT.
If any color really doesn't fit, or something's in the wrong place, it really
stands out for me.  

This is one of the few benefits of bad vision.  (The other is: if I don't want
to look someone in the eye, I can take off my glasses, and they have no idea I
can't really see them! <G>)

Randi

 
 
 

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Post by Lucille J. Schac » Fri, 08 May 1998 04:00:00


You can find a reducing glass in a quilt specialty store.