-------- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted easel and head mount for artists with cerebral palsy who have limited hand/grasping function. A new head mount was created after evaluating the consumer using the inner mechanism from a welder’s helmet, which has a tensioner in the back to ensure an exact fit. A small brass plate was riveted to the front, taking care to preserve the frame’s cloth surround so that the individual’s forehead was protected. Onto the plate, a shaft made of aluminum tube was mounted and two aluminum clamps with brass tightening screws hold the paint brush in position on the shaft, keeping it completely firm and preventing it from twisting. The individual’s paint brushes were adapted to fit easily into the clamps. A brush stand was created to easily store these brushes. The easel was created from plywood and pine and designed to sit on a table so the individual could easily get his wheelchair in underneath it. The easel has a deckchair-type mechanism at the back which gives four different angles, a lip at the front to rest the painting on, and a clamp in the center which holds the painting in place. The clamp locks in place using a tri-nut, and can be moved up and down in a central channel to cater for different sizes of painting. TITLE: Easier Painting. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 31, Number 1, Summer 2011: pp. 4-5. PAGES: 3 with cover.
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Wentworthville, New South Wales 2145
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