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on: October 19, 2011, 01:54:07 AM
Today I am going to try make a 'Mahl Frame'. That's what I'm gonna call it anyway!
I want a simple way to work fine detail on the canvas, without the risk of dragging a stick across an established work. So, I've been thinking of a way to do so that's fairly simple. I'm gonna make a 'Mahl Frame' ie. construct an adjustable frame that fits round the canvas but stands proud at the front. I'll place brass/galvanised screws at intervals around this frame screwed in with an angle upwards. I'll connect the frame using wing nuts so that it's adjustable for smaller canvases than 16 x 20" (could also be used on larger ones with longer width frames pieces too).  I'll then use a 24" broom handle with a closed hook on the ends. (This can then be used vertical, horizontal and diagonal). This is the 'Rest'. It can be hooked over any screw position then rested on a screw on the opposite side, to give a solid cross bar. I may also put hooks or, some clamp type of device to make sure the frame stays stable in use.
I'll post update photos as I progess. (no guarantees for success of course but, hey, I'll only have to make it once and if it works...you can make your own!)  :hug:
 
« Last Edit: October 19, 2011, 02:06:48 AM by Topdoginuk »
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Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 11:07:04 AM
looking forward to seeing the pics O0


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Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 11:33:08 AM
Sounds like quite the undertaking....but I like the sound of it. Will be waiting to see what you come up with.  :gl:
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Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 11:38:42 AM
Sorry, I didn't get a chance to make it like I hoped today. Will try tomorrow. I may modify the intentions by placing individual bars of hooks clamped onto my easel instead. That way I can remove and accommodate most size canvases easily. We'll see.  :coffee:
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Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 02:24:29 AM
Success! I've made my 'Mahl frame'.  :yippee: Well, it's not a frame exactly. It's two vertical bars. It works a treat. I didn't have to go out and buy any equipment as I had these scraps in the garage. (I love recycling and turning scraps into something useful)
Here's a few pictures. I hope you can get the gist from them. (Right click to 'Open in new tab' if the pics won't load bigger) :

 
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Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 04:04:57 AM
Tony,  what a great idea!  Looks like it will wonderfully!
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Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 06:09:33 AM
I've added an addition to my Mahl frame. A hanging cover to protect the painting while drying! (I'll have to get clarification form Nolan or Dennis about the drying process and whether darkness affects the artwork)
Here's the pics. The board is a bit naff but, again, it was scrap. I used 4 hair bands to pull the board towards the easel:
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Reply #7 on: October 20, 2011, 06:58:49 AM
That's pretty interesting. Why didn't you just anchor one end to your easel then let the other end swing freely? That's how I have mine set up.
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Reply #8 on: October 20, 2011, 07:59:28 AM
That's pretty interesting. Why didn't you just anchor one end to your easel then let the other end swing freely? That's how I have mine set up.
Thanks. I don't understand what 'ya mean. Is yours held just at the top or something?
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Reply #9 on: October 20, 2011, 08:20:23 AM
It's anchored at the upper right corner of my easel and pivots. I use my left hand to swing it up and across the canvas.
It's an old idea I used back in high school over 45 years ago.
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Reply #10 on: October 20, 2011, 08:25:01 AM
It's anchored at the upper right corner of my easel. I use my left hand to swing it up and across the canvas.
Ah, I see. Yeah, I did think of that but, I wanted to be able to leave the stick in a set position and, also not have to hold it with my left hand. It seems to work ok although I've yet to do some painting using it.
The cover I've made does a good job of protecting the wet painting.
Cheers  ;)
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Reply #11 on: October 20, 2011, 08:36:41 AM
Just curious, Top. What's your left hand doing while your right hand is painting?   :2funny:
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Reply #12 on: October 20, 2011, 09:07:34 AM
Just curious, Top. What's your left hand doing while your right hand is painting?   :2funny:
It would be holding the end of the Mahl Stick! But with my frame I can place it between the screws and leave it there.
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Reply #13 on: October 20, 2011, 09:23:19 AM
Gee....and I was so sure you were going to say you had a yo-yo....  :heeha:  :2funny:
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Reply #14 on: October 20, 2011, 09:25:59 AM
Gee....and I was so sure you were going to say you had a yo-yo....  :heeha:  :2funny:
Plucking my Guitar in between !  8)
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