Sunday, October 28, 2007

isn't it pretty?

Ha ha - I feel like one those sellers on e-bay. Except that I'm not selling this Thermofax, I just bought it. Last week I took it to Brooklyn to be overhauled; this morning I drove in to pick it up. It's nice and clean and shiny, has a new belt, a couple of new switches, and has been calibrated to make a perfect screen. At least it made a perfect screen when I tested it at George's workshop. When I made one at home I saw that next time I will need to adjust the temp a tiny bit to make it a little lighter.
This machine is quite a bit heavier than the one I already own; 43 lbs vs. 27 lbs. The later ones weigh less. Since this one is so heavy, i decided i had better keep it on the first floor instead of the lower level because there was no way Marty could carry it down. This, of course, led to another major cleaning-out and reorganizing of my STUFF so i could keep the machine where I previously had my antique thread cabinet. But I digress...
Here I am, peeling the film away from the photocopy of a picture I had taken of a cracked slate sidewalk.(Sorry the picture is a little blurry).Of course, I had to test it out immediately - so I made a duct tape frame, reached for the paint, and tried to see if i could improve this piece of fabric.Here is the result.It's getting there. I don't know where there is, but I am sure I will find out.

5 comments:

juanita said...

Since you have had such good luck in finding thermofaxes, the next time you happen on one that is reasonable let me know or if per chance you decide to sell one of yours let me know. I have looked high and low and except for paying an arm and a leg on e-bay I have had no luck.
Love your cracks!!!!

Judy said...

OK Rayna, I'm right behind Juanita in line for either a lead on a Thermofax or one of your castoffs!
The cracks are great! Many of the Atlanta neighborhood sidewalks where we walk Barker are very cracked, but sad to say, the city is replacing them. I'd better take some pics quick!

xo

Karen said...

In answer to Juanita and Judy, I was able to find 2 thermofax's at an auction of old school supplies out here in Pomona CA. I was bidding against a tatoo artist, and got them both for $50.00. Maybe somewhere in your area they are getting rid of outdated school stuff.

Liz said...

This is spectacular, Rayna. I'm so jealous of the preponderance of Thermofax machines in the US - they're like golddust in the UK... very very rare golddust too.... What a gorgeous image. In fact I'm not sure they were ever for sale here.

Sonji Hunt said...

Quite like a batik. The cracks did the trick to jazz it up.