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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Willard Wigan: Close Work

Right around 40 years old, right on cue, my reliable 20/20 vision started going. I had to wear readers. Then, for jewelry work, even that wasn't enough. My DH felt bad for me and got me some optivisors since he knew I was too stubborn to buy them and to admit how bad my eyes had gotten. A soon as I got them, I sat down and made this. The fabulous color doesn't show in the picture, but you get the idea of the size. But, I've told this story before and it's not really the point of this blog.


My DH sent me a link last week featuring a fabulous artist named Willard Wigan. I went to his website and read a little about him. His story was so inspiring. Talk about lemonade from lemons!!

I emailed him and asked for permission to use a few images to introduce a link to him and ... well... he never got back to me. I don't hold a grudge, though. Here's a link to his bio. It's short- read that first. Then go here. Feast your eyes on what the term "close work" really means. I was amazed and I'm sure you will be, too.

Do you have to wear a vision aid when you work??

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful piece, Tela. And so tiny! Most of your pieces are much larger.

    I love opals and I love pearls. Perfect combo!

    I have had to use some type of magnification for years. I can't get perfect closures in chainmaille or do neat wirewrapping without it. I prefer my Ott-light with magnifier on a long, movable arm. However, when it's not practical to use it, I use my Optivisor.

    Joyce

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    1. Hi Joyce :)

      I thought they were a perfect combo, too. This piece is ultra tiny, but really sweet. I am saving it for my granddaughter.

      I never got the hang of using one those armed magnifiers. I can't do a thing without my Optivisor, though!

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  2. Thank DH for passing on the link to Willard Wigan. Amazing! I don't know if I can even see such tiny things!

    Joyce

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    1. Amazing, isn't it?? My DH finds some cool links. I'll be sure to pass along your thanks. :)

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  3. Tela, I saw your work at http://copperwirejewelers.ning.com/profile/TelaFormosa and then remembered seeing your name at Mary's blog. So I went to her blog (Angsty Artist), and looked for you and found your blog :-). I LOVED your work!! And that is why I had to find your blog and follow it. But its late at night now, so I will come back later and see all your work here :-).

    Swati

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  4. Hi Swati! I've run across your blog a few times, too!! I really enjoy it. :) Thank you for hunting me down and following me. Now we can watch each others blogs.

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  5. Thank you for the link, Tela. His work is amazing.

    My eye doctors made me a pair of magic glasses to use for wire work. I can't see anything else with them, but I can see wire. The glasses are much better than the optivisor.

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    1. You're welcome, I thought it was too cool not to share. :)

      I 'll have to talk to the eye doc next time I go. I'd rather wear just one pair of glasses. :)

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