Cane handle design size & invisible paper
As most of you know, I make canes, and design my own handles. Normally I just make a rough sketch, then make a finished design on 1/4" graph paper, the actual size I want it to be, glue that to plywood, rough cut it out, then final sand to the outside lines. From that I can rout out exact copies, then freehand any design I want.
But some of my designs are complex. I could still free hand them, but that would be very time consuming, and a PITA. So I want to print the finished design on invisible paper (get into that in a bit), then glue that to the cane handle. Problem was, I could not get the finished design to a size where it would fit the cane handle design. No matter what I tried, didn't work. I understand it would have been possible using PhotoShop. But don't got no PhotoShop, and don't intend to get it either. But somehow figured out, sizing depends on how far from the camera the item photographed is. This means I can take a picture of my design, print it out, and compare the size of it to my cane handle design. If it is not a close fit, then move the design closer for further from the camera, take a picture, print it, and compare it again. Repeat until it is close enough. Won't have to take more photos of that particular design, but need to notes on exactly how the printing was done, so you can print to the exact same size again, days, or weeks after. As I said, most I can just free hand in a minute or two, but designs like my grumpy turtle and fish, a nice lion head, about 3 elephant designs, and a few others, are just too complex to do that. So, it's on to printing on invisible paper.
Some years back I was wanting paper I could print a design on, glue to a cane handle, and have the paper literally become invisible. So, started experimenting. No good results. Then snagged some toilet paper from the bathroom of the local grocery - one ply, sturdy, no pattern imprinted. And it turned totally invisible when glued down, the colored picture I tested with came out as clear as a bell. This was when I was having problem sizing designs to my cane handles, so didn't pursue it at that time. But when I figured out how to size my pictures, it was back to the grocery store. And I found out that they had apparently change TP suppliers. The new stuff is much thinner, or at least a whole lot more delicate, has some sort of design imprinted, and all in all, did not work out too well. So, went searching. Seems that toilet paper, or white paper napkins, are all I have found that work. Both one ply, two ply works, but more complicated to use without tearing, so one ply it is. At least I have a use for the brands that didn't work. Have to tape the TP to a piece of copy paper, print the design, rough cut to fit the handle, then glue it down. This is the tricky part. Either pat the glue lightly with a finger to spread it, not always guaranteed, don't EVER try to move the paper, it will instantly tear, or get a really soft brush and lightly spread the glue with that. Doesn't look clear, but once the glue dries you have to look very, very, closely to be able to tell there is paper there. Still searching for a better paper, but for now this will do the deed. This will only be used with the more complex designs, Grumpy Turtle, Grumpy Fish, Lion, Elephants, and maybe a few other designs.
The pictures are rather lousy, but visible. The elephant is one I will use the invisible paper with. The rest of the designs are simple, and will be free-handed. Maybe another time I will post some of my weird designs.
Great, apparently it will not allow me to post pictures. I'll keep trying. Finally, had to load one at a time.
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Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.