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“When I put my first pair of CraftOptics on and actually looked at my little, tiny seed beads through the CraftOptics, I almost cried - That is how amazing these are. ”

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Jill Wiseman, Bead Artist & Instructor
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“I am THRILLED with how I can see with these! ”

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Bonnie Hunter, Quilt Artist & Instructor
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Beki w WOW Package magnifying eyeglasses and light for beadwork

“Wow....Dream is a great descriptive word for the light! I love it! ”

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Beki Haley, Bead Artist & Instructor
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“I am thrilled beyond belief at how clear and precise my vision is! ”

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Lexi Erickson, Jewelry Artist
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Hilary, Bead Artist

Thank you, CraftOptics, for these amazing glasses. I would have never been able to see well enough to sort this mess! Saved several ounces of sterling and niobium! Having the best tool for the job always pays off!

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@metaldesignz, Jewelry Artist
Beki w WOW Package magnifying eyeglasses and light for beadwork

Wow....Dream is a great descriptive word for the light! I love it!

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Beki Haley, Bead Artist & Instructor

CraftOptics has given me a new perspective on my work...I can actually see it!

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Ruth Greening, Jewelry Artist

They are GREAT!  I am amazed at how well they fit me and how comfortable they are - no adjustments needed!  I am a retired small animal veterinary surgeon so working with magnification is pretty “normal” to me, so I really didn’t find I needed a lot of time to learn how to work with them on.  The quality is excellent and I love the light!!! So easy to use.

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Barbara G., Bead Artist

I have to tell you, these are the best things ever!!  I was really concerned about getting them; I had cataract surgery 3 years ago and went from being extremely near-sighted to far-sighted, and it has been driving me bonkers trying to find something that would help me see the details that I need to see for my enameling.  After trying multiple magnification devices, and being frustrated with the results of each one, and several different pairs of glasses, I was giving up hope that I would ever be able to see the details again, which was just killing me. I talked with my eye doctor, and even he wasn't sure about how these would work.  The impetus for finally giving in and getting them was changing jobs and having money in my flex account I didn't want to lose :-)  And they are FABULOUS!!!  I have my details back, and they don't even have as much depth-of-field limitation as I was afraid they would. Still getting used to sitting at the right distance, but I have that issue with my glasses anyway after years of 'get closer to see better.' I also want to thank you for your company's customer service - it is fabulous! Thanks so much! Karin C.

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Karin C., Jewelry Artist

It makes a huge difference with soldering.  I couldn’t believe it!   I could see areas so clearly.  Especially big pieces with lots of corners. Peggy Houchin Visit Peggy's website at Peggy Houchin Jewelry    

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Peggy Houchin, Silversmith

"When I put my first pair of CraftOptics on and actually looked at my little, tiny seed beads through the CraftOptics, I almost cried - That is how amazing these are."

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Jill Wiseman, Bead Artist & Instructor

These glasses are WONDERFUL!!!!!! I love mine. I bought the complete package. Glasses and light and am glad I did. I can see my beads which make my beading much easier and makes my Machine embroidery and hand stitching easier as well. The magnification is amazing. I am so glad I got them. The customer service is by far better than any company I’ve dealt with in a long time.

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Jeff K., Bead, Embroidery & Stitching Artist

I LOVE my CraftOptics!! What a difference for my eyes and my back! I am so glad I made the choice and gifted myself!  

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Kathleen S., Bead Artist

I put my Craft Optics to work right away. I was working on a quilt for a local show and the visual aid and the light were very much appreciated. It did take some time to break old habits, like looking over the telescopes at my work, but I eventually got the hang of it. I have worked with an OptiVisor in both my jewelry and sewing work for over thirty years and had done okay, but the first time I tried a pair of Craft Optics on at the International Quilt Show a few years ago, I realized how much detail I was missing. I have always invested in the best tools I could afford and this is an investment, but so worth it.

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Robin, Jewelry & Sewing Artist

I bought a pair at the Bead&Button show several years ago. Best investment I ever made. Worth every penny. I couldn’t bead without them. 

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Debbie R., Bead Artist

I didn't realize how close I was holding everything to my nose even when I was wearing my "readers" until I started using my CraftOptics.  They have made a huge difference in my posture when I work and it has eased up my neck, shoulder, and back strain. Now I never want to do any work without them - regardless of if I am doing beading or wirework or stitching.  I always reach for my CraftOptics first and the rest of my tools and materials second.
Thank you so much for making this process so easy for me.

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Marion S., Beadwork Artist

"I've been using these for the past year and love them. Definitely get the light! I make jewelry and these are a life saver. Great customer service too!" Visit Candie's site at www.candiecooper.com

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Candie Cooper, Jewelry Artist & Designer

That was the best investment I could have made. Thank you for your help with this amazing tool. My eyes don't hurt and I have no more tearing after working on my beading.
And, I can bead at any time, day or night. It doesn't matter because I can use the CraftOptics.
I am tremendously  grateful for this.
Thank you again.
Maryna Layedra, Jewelry Artist & Designer

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Maryna Layedra

I LOVE THEM!!! Within an hour of first putting them on, my posture was better and various aches and pains began to quickly subside. I simply wouldn’t be without them now. I’m a dedicated beader, so do a lot of encrusted bead stitching and some jewelry-making. I am so delighted with the lenses because they are really making a difference in my ability to work at my art. I was getting to the point of wondering if I would have the physical capacity to continue into more longterm projects because of the neck, shoulder, back, and muscle-strain. This happened at the time when I was really developing skill and confidence in the art pieces I was doing, and the physical strain was beginning to cause me some anticipatory doubt and grief. Because of the nature of beading, it’s slow art, so there’s little to be done but go through the necessary stitching processes. The CraftOptics lenses have so successfully contributed to a better and more sustainable posture that I am hopeful of truly being able to work on a number of major projects. I’ve found that I can also see easily to pick up my beads by elevating them to a suitable level that means I need only move my body forward slightly each time I need to pick up, so they remain in focus and I can easily see the holes for the needle to enter. Otherwise, I do look around the telescope part for other things appropriate to the prescription lenses themselves. I carefully reviewed all the videos before the package even arrived, so was well-prepared to put them on and get to work.

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Sharon J., Beadwork & Jewelry Artist

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Crystal Ninja

I must tell you, I even find ripping out stitches in my sewing to be much easier with my CraftOptics and Dream Beam! I can do a bunch of my hobbies more easily now. I wish I hadn't waited so long to get them!

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Kim H., Beadwork & Sewing Artist

Not only is the product wonderful, but the customer service is excellent and very personal!! I recently sent mine in for a prescription upgrade and had to go back to working without them while waiting for the upgrade. Ugh!!!!! I can't WAIT to get them back.....they really revolutionized the way I work and I can't even believe I ever managed without them!! Follow up: By the way I got them back SO fast, and the service I received was exceptional! Great product, great service, you really can't beat that! Shirley Alexander, Jewelry Artist http://etsy.com/shop/LayaliJewelry

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Shirley Alexander

"I've been using them for a couple of years. These are by far my greatest beading tool. Without them I could not create my art at all. I can see the smallest of details whilst I'm beading."  

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Melissa Ingram, Bead Artist

Love my CraftOptics! Huge difference in my soldering success! It's so much easier to make a joint good and tight when you can see it clearly.

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Maria Paray LaMalfa, Jewelry Artist

Not only do these magnifying lenses ease eye strain by giving you a better closeup view of your beading, they might also reduce the aches and pains in your neck, back, and arms that come from holding your beadwork in an uncomfortable position! Check out Jennifer VanBenschoten's recent articles in the Beading Daily Blog!  Beading in the Lap of Luxury and CraftOptics Telescopes for Beading

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Jennifer VanBenschoten

I love CraftOptics because it helps with my eye problems, and the light, along with the telescopes allow me to enjoy my handwork again so it's a win-win. I never realized how much I hadn't been able to see. This is all thanks to your product and I'm grateful.

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Michelle Scott, Quilt and Bead artist

I am thrilled beyond belief at how clear and precise my vision is! After a lifetime of poor vision (I went into glasses at the age of 6) this is thrilling, and making my life much easier. Plus after my recent (and continuing) bout of extreme neck and back pain, it is once more a joy to sit at the bench.

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Lexi Erickson, Jewelry Artist

I received my new CraftOptics in the mail yesterday and started using them last night when I was bead weaving. I can't believe the difference they make in my vision. I'm an 80 year old male and I had gotten to where I could only work with the tiny seed beads for a short time before I was experiencing eyestrain. I love the fact that I can look up over the telescopes and be looking through my regular glasses prescription. I'm already sharing this good news with fellow bead weavers. Oh, yes, and I have the light attached and that's great because wherever I'm looking, the light is there!

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Blue Ridge Weaving

I love my CraftOptics and DreamBeam, and wish I bought them sooner. They make all my crafting activities easier since I'm not struggling to see and I have far less stress on my neck. I recently had a problem with my DreamBeam, but Jeff responded to me on a weekend and the problem was resolved 100%. In addition to a wonderful product, they have great customer service. Thank you.

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Eileen H. Jewelry & Needlecraft Artist

"I thank you for the prompt service, and have no idea how I survived without my optics!!!! I use them for beadweaving, as well as silver jewelry/ metal work. Many thanks and a thumbs up for such an awesome creation! I am making good use of the new carry case too.  I look forward to future innovations from your business. Keep up the excellent customer service skills, as they are better than most. I am a truly big fan."

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Marika O. Bead, Jewelry Artist

"With great excitement I finally received my parcel yesterday. I had read the reviews on the craftoptics telescopes, but assumed that people were a bit over the top with it. I had tried other cheaper magnifiers with no luck, and when I had cataracts done which meant reading glasses, I was really struggling with my craft work. Well!!!! Amazing! Having the whole unit put together for me was a lovely idea, as I was able to start using the glasses straight away with no adjustment at all. And having batteries in the light was also a lovely thoughtful touch. I will take time to grow into them, but I can already see what an amazing difference it will make. My only problem at the moment is that I have trouble stopping my head and shoulders from creeping forward. Old habits die hard! I still can't believe that I can actually start using the #15 beads and doing fine scale embroidery again. Many thanks for your great service." Regards,

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L.H. Bead & Embroidery Artist

“I want to tell everyone that does beading or close work that these have changed my life!!! I actually enjoy my beading so much more as I can bead, watch TV and read a pattern if needed. The fact it has a fantastic light means I don’t have to sit at a table but I can relax in my recliner with my beading board and bead much longer than I could before. Also, the CraftOptics team is so nice to work with if you need help with anything. They are an investment in your eye health and when someone asks me about them I tell them don’t buy another bead until you get a pair of these Jewels!!!!”

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Minnette Miller, Bead Artist

If you're unsure about purchasing, don't be.   The product is wonderful and the Customer support is the best.

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Laurie Drinnon, Jewelry/Chainmaille

MY LATEST LOVE AFFAIR! Craftoptics seriously rocks! I had no idea how much I WASN'T seeing when beading or quilt embellishing until I put these babies on! The DreamBeam is a must so you can bead anywhere! I even use it on the plane!!! I've seen the ads around for awhile but thought it was just a pricy new toy...NOT! Truthfully this has changed my beading quality because I can SEE everything! http://kristalwick.com/

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Krystal Wick

Jeff, Kate and Trish have gone far more than the extra mile to ensure that I have a telescope which functions well for me.  I bought my telescopes in 2012 but experienced eyestrain when wearing them.  About two weeks ago I contacted the office for a way to resolve this.  The +1.50 in the set I purchased was evidently too strong along with the telescopes.  Kate talked with me first followed by a conversation with Jeff.  They sent two sets of telescopes and said to try them both to see what worked best.  The +1.25 was still too strong although it did not cause as much eyestrain as the +1.50.  The miracle solution is a combination of plain lenses in the glasses part and the telescopes.  This combination allows me to work comfortably with 11/0 seed beads and I anticipate being able to also work with 15/0 while wearing my CraftOptics.  Thank you to Jeff, Kate and Trish.

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Judith Bard

They are awesome. I tried several magnifiers without much success. I was going to order the short working distance but Jeff suggested I order the regular distance and they are perfect.They are light and very comfortable. I recommend them to all my fellow beaders. You won't be disappointed. My next purchase will be to add the light.

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Debbie, Seed Beading, Beaded Embroidery

I thought I had good ring closures before?  I'm delighted by how much better they are when I can SEE them in such astonishing detail.  I love sharing these with my students to hear their surprised yelps and see their expressions of delight.  Pliers are my favorite tools, and these are a perfect complement

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Spider of Spiderchain Jewelry

I gotta tell you something, I ADORE my CraftOptics! I've had them for about 9 months now. I also have the beam, though I don't always use it. I am able to work longer and with less strain than ever before. I don't hunch up over my beading table (yes, I am a bead weaver (aka thea fine)) the way I used to. As a result, my posture is better, my core is stronger, and my shoulders don't hurt. AND I truly believe my creative juice has been enhanced! I was able to complete a fairly large (for me) commissioned body of work in comfort and, frankly, I think, more rapidly than otherwise would have been possible!!! And because I travel (but, sadly, not to B&B this year), the new case is absolutely perfect. It fits right into my bag along with my beading projects, keeps beam and glasses together (yeah, I'm one of those people....I lose things!!). Thank you, thank you, thank you, for a magnificent product, for a great travel case and, ABOVE ALL, for the ongoing support and help to ensure that I'm happy, happy, happy with your wonderful product. AND I AM!!!

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Teddi Fine, Bead Artist

Just shared my CraftOptics in a class at Brea Beadworks and they were a hit! Seeing is believing. I absolutely love mine. I can do detailed beadwork on an airplane at night using the light my hubby got me for the holidays. Everything is bright, crisp and clear. www.lisapavelka.com

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Lisa Pavelka, Artist, Designer, Author

"I was wondering how good the light could be. I've purchased so many lights that claim to be really bright and they aren't. This light is perfect--bright enough, and not too yellow or too blue. AND no shadows to work around...I'm in heaven!"

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Margie Deeb, Bead Artist, Author

I bounce between two studios each week and I love the new case! So easy to pack my indispensible CraftOptics. I use them for everything-beading, soldering, metal clay projects and lots of non-jewelry uses too (perfect manicures, anyone?). Thank you for such an amazing tool--and case!

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Maria Paray LaMalfa, Jewelry Artist

I'm a huge fan of CraftOptics. I'm able to see the tiny details of my designs in a way I haven't been able to in years. My neck is grateful for the generous focal length that allows me to sit up straight while enjoying the benefits of the magnification. I find the DreamBeam light is an invaluable addition because it illuminates the exact area I need it to in a shadowless way that allows my cataract clouded vision to see things I haven't been able to in recent years. As a jewelry designer and artist I LOVE my CraftOptics with DreamBeam and your customer service is outstanding! See Anita's shop here  

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Anita Brandon, Bead Artist

I can see the inside of size 15 beads!  I've never seen that before!

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Lynn, Jewelry and Bead Artist

When we first saw these we were blown away by the combination of optics and comfort.

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Spencer

Just got my CraftOptics and can I say how impressed I am!! LOVE them!! I can see my work now without having to hold it 4 inches from my eyes which is what I had to do with my cheap old magnifiers. This is so much better...no more neck and back strain, not to mention the eye strain I had before!  They came adjusted perfectly to my eyes, right out of the box, and the only adjustment needed was a slight frame adjustment because of my short temple length. After that quick fix, they sit comfortably, and I feel like I will be able to wear them for hours...so light weight!

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Silvia

I am so grateful for these wonderful glasses. I've tried other options but always wound up constantly switching between several pair of readers. Wish I'd found you sooner. I'm sure my artwork will benefit immensely now that I can properly see how I'm working without frustration.

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Tracy

I love using the telescopes!  The resolution is so crisp that my soldering success has improved because I can see if the joint fits well before attempting the soldering process. http://www.etsy.com/shop/JeanWilsonStudio

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Jean Wilson

They're SO light! I'm having trouble remembering not to pull things up to my eyes, but that's a good thing! http://brendaschweder.com/

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Brenda Schweder, Jewelry Artist 

When your eyes go and you can't see what you want to do, you don't realize how much it changes your life.  It kept me from doing things.  Now I'll be able to do the things I could do before!  How can you put a price on that?

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K.F., Jewelry Artist

I can bead for much longer stretches of time without getting that tired feeling that I would attribute to being tired and not to having weary eyes.  The clarity with which I can see makes the beadwork so much easier, I can focus on fine detail and craftsmanship with each stitch having optimum tension and each bead being optimally positioned because I can see them so much better. http://www.marciadecoster.com

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Marcia DeCoster

I cannot even express how much I love this product. They are so helpful and my eyes don't feel the terrible strain of focusing on my baby beads for hours and hours. And the light is AWESOME! Having the spotlight right on my beadwork is so helpful.  

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Anna Elizabeth Draeger

I find them extremely helpful not only for stitching bead embroidered jewelry -- my main thing -- and also for adding beads and other embellishments to my quilts.  I'm not surprised at all that quilters love your glasses.

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Cyndi Lavin, Beading-Arts.com

They really, REALLY have changed the way I work. My eyesight is okay, but as you know that sharpness can fade away with time and since it is so gradual I didn't really notice it. Now BAM!!! I can see to wirewrap, solder and string. I got used to them right away and now I always have them in my handbag.

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Kate Richbourg, Jewelry Artist

My most important tool is my CraftOptics. These have saved not only my eyes, but my shoulders and back, which had been in pain from years of hunching over. Before these life-savers, I found myself beading less and less because I was so physically uncomfortable, and I didn't even know why. These are lightweight, permanently attached to prescription glasses that come with them, and I can flip the binocular part of them up or down in a second. I can now hold my beadwork up to 16" away from me, sit up straight, and see fantastic detail. I don't do any beadwork without these. www.margiedeeb.com

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Margie Deeb, Bead Artist & Instructor
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Just want to say how much I use my CraftOptics for sewing, quilting, doing my nails, and now grafting sweaters together. To me the DreamBeam is essential--light just where you need it. I have needed to update my prescription for over 2 years, but could not give them up long enough. I'm between projects right now, so please continue to do your thing so I can do mine. Thank you sooo much for a great product.

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Carolyn M., Sewing & Quilt Artist

[YouTube comment] These things are amazing. I am a quilter and do hand work in the evenings. With my age and faulty eyesight, this was becoming impossible. CraftOptics has given this hobby back to me.

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Debby Cloy, Quilt Artist

I am THRILLED with how I can see with these. The glasses part have my own prescription in them, bifocals and all.  And once I plop the telescopes down on top of the lenses and turn on the light – WOW!  I'm loving mine! 20161003_211008

We have to do what we can to [continue doing] what we love for as long as possible! And I need to be able to see close, and see clearly without straining my eyes during hours of needlework time.

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Bonnie Hunter, Quilt Artist & Instructor
Judy CraftOptics magnifying eyeglasses and light

I had really been struggling with the detail work in my quilting. My solution was adding more light but that only helped so much. I had seen the advertisements for CraftOptics but the first time I had the opportunity to try them on was in 2015 at AQS Paducah and suddenly details were clear! I do lots of tiny detail stitching on my quilts and I can do that so easily with my CraftOptics. I feel that they definitely helped to up my quilting game. I immediately purchased a pair after the demo. I knew these glasses would give me another tool to advance with my art quilts by providing me with so much vision clarity. These glasses have allowed me so much more enjoyment and less stress on my eyesight. No more struggling to see those all-important details. I am constantly moving around during my piecing process but mostly during my quilting. I do lots of stitching on my art quilts and I change threads very often. My CraftOptics allow me to see all of the different colors and stitches with total clarity. No more tired eyes or eye strain with my CraftOptics. Also, no aching back from bending over trying to see details of my work. Read an interview with Judy in our blog here: JUDYBESKOW

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Judy Beskow, Quilt Artist

I recently got my DreamBeam 3 - rechargeable. I am SO pleased. I used them at my guild show over the weekend as I was demonstrating quilt embellishment. As I got to talking, my light would automatically turn off to save its charge - nice feature! I also had the opportunity to share my story with many quilters. I've had my CraftOptics for several years and always praise them.

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Barbara Bermel, Quilt Artist

I absolutely love my CraftOptics. They have completely changed my ability to do my detail crafting. I love hand embroidery and lately, diamond painting. Both of these activities are much easier with my new CraftOptics. I am very happy with my purchase.

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Jeanette M., Embroidery & Painting

These glasses are WONDERFUL!!!!!! I love mine. I bought the complete package. Glasses and light and am glad I did. I can see my beads which make my beading much easier and makes my Machine embroidery and hand stitching easier as well. The magnification is amazing. I am so glad I got them. The customer service is by far better than any company I’ve dealt with in a long time.

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Jeff K., Bead, Embroidery & Stitching Artist

I love them.  I should have bought them years ago.  My neck and back don’t hurt after stitching. I wasn’t able to stitch very long before buying these because my eyes would water and I couldn’t see the holes on the aida.

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Holly O., Needlework Artist

I put my Craft Optics to work right away. I was working on a quilt for a local show and the visual aid and the light were very much appreciated. It did take some time to break old habits, like looking over the telescopes at my work, but I eventually got the hang of it. I have worked with an OptiVisor in both my jewelry and sewing work for over thirty years and had done okay, but the first time I tried a pair of Craft Optics on at the International Quilt Show a few years ago, I realized how much detail I was missing. I have always invested in the best tools I could afford and this is an investment, but so worth it.

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Robin, Jewelry & Sewing Artist

I didn't realize how close I was holding everything to my nose even when I was wearing my "readers" until I started using my CraftOptics.  They have made a huge difference in my posture when I work and it has eased up my neck, shoulder, and back strain. Now I never want to do any work without them - regardless of if I am doing beading or wirework or stitching.  I always reach for my CraftOptics first and the rest of my tools and materials second.
Thank you so much for making this process so easy for me.

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Marion S., Beadwork Artist

"I absolutely love my telescopes!  Just 2 days before the Road to California (where I purchased them), I told my friend that my applique days were over.  Now I just LOVE to do handwork again, and I can see what I’m doing!  They arrived in 10 days as advertised.  I’m going to show them to my quilting bee this afternoon."

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Mary R., Quilt Artist

Over the past few years, I have experienced an increased need for more light for quilting. A lamp helped for a while, but eventually it was not bright enough, and often was not in the right position, leaving shadows on my work. I did not realize how bad it was until I met Jeff from CraftOptics. The CraftOptics glasses with DreamBeam have changed everything! I cannot believe the difference. I am no longer struggling to see, my quilting has improved, and the light is always in the right place. There is one drawback, LOL. I now can see every imperfection that won’t matter to most people: seams that don’t match exactly, tiny threads poking out of seams, imperfect spacing of quilt stitches, etc. Thanks, Jeff! Nancy Richoux Owner/Designer Spring Creek NeedleArt www.ThePatternCo.com

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Nancy Richoux, Owner/Designer, Spring Creek Needleart

  I absolutely love them. They make a huge difference on the project I am working on. The canvas is very small and I was making a lot of mistakes prior to getting the glasses!  

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Enid Rivera, Needlepoint Artist

"OMG - I got my CraftOptics as a gift to myself right before Christmas. I'm using them for the first time today stitching the binding on a quilt. Fabulous!!! I can't believe the difference. Now I'm searching for handwork to do! Thank you, Bonnie Hunter! Best advice ever! And thank you, CraftOptics!"

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Dale Johnson Moss

"Best thing I ever got for my birthday. I have had these for 3 years now, and they indeed do away with nasty eye fatigue, plus I no longer sit 3 inches from my work."

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Marianne Olajos

  "I have had them for a bit over a year. I love them and I'd say they won me a blue ribbon at MQX."

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Gretchen Adams

I must tell you, I even find ripping out stitches in my sewing to be much easier with my CraftOptics and Dream Beam! I can do a bunch of my hobbies more easily now. I wish I hadn't waited so long to get them!

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Kim H., Beadwork & Sewing Artist

I have a pair of these! I have very severe astigmatism and Macular Degeneration. CraftOptics worked with my optometrist to get me something that would let me continue knitting, doing embroidery and making lino-prints without stabbing or cutting myself. I love them so much. My CraftOptics glasses were a lifesaver for me. I'd go nuts without my handicrafts.

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Mitzy Carter

"My CraftOptics glasses are totally indispensable to me and a very treasured tool for the intricate cross-stitch art pieces I do. Thanks for the great service."

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Pamela Bisbing

"I am attaching a picture of me using my CraftOptics glasses. Saying that I LOVE them doesn’t cover it but I do. I have used them to rip things out but decided not to take a picture of that so, instead, I am sending you one of me sewing on a baby quilt. Love this product - couldn’t be happier."

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Renee Colley

"Love my new CraftOptics! They are awesome and let me do really detailed work! Bought mine in Paducah and just finished using them while quilting my Hoffman Challenge quilt that is a finalist!!"

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Judy Beskow, Quilt Artist

I just received my Rx CraftOptics telescopes with the light. I was working on a quilt, so I immediately put them on to try them. Without any adjustments at all, I sat for and hour and a half using them to finish a piece of applique. What a difference they make. They are comfortable, fit perfectly, not too heavy and I can see the smallest details sitting in a better upright position. I am so pleased. They are everything I expected and more.

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Janis Patten - Hand Quilting, Embroidery and Applique' Artist

"In my quest for better close-up vision for my hand embroidery projects, I probably tried almost every magnifier/light combination available. Not one worked well until I came across the Craftoptics Telescopes at a quilting show and I decided to try them. They have turned out to be an invaluable tool for me. Not only am I able to see the detail of the stitches on my hand embroidery and sewing (making the stitching more precise), I have also found a myriad of other uses for them. Whenever I have the need to look at something in detail (such as very small print), I grab my telescopes and put them on. I always have a clear, detailed view and enough light!"

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Sharon N., Embroidery Artist

I love CraftOptics because it helps with my eye problems, and the light, along with the telescopes allow me to enjoy my handwork again so it's a win-win. I never realized how much I hadn't been able to see. This is all thanks to your product and I'm grateful.

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Michelle Scott, Quilt and Bead artist

I’m always excited to share products that I think can improve the embroiderer’s life, especially when the improvement has to do with seeing our needlework better. I’d like to introduce you to a tool – a tool that can change the way you look at your embroidery. And I mean that literally! Craftoptics are an incredible tool for people who do detail work – any kind of detail work – but they are especially wonderful for those of us who have vision problems and need to use magnification when doing embroidery. See the full article here

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Mary Corbet, needlenthread.com

I want to apologize for taking so long to write you a note. I received my glasses from you several months ago and could NOT be happier with them. What a difference they've made in my life. I spend several hours daily oil painting, embroidering, and sewing. I use them for all three, but especially the embroidery. There's just no comparison in using my regular glasses and a table side lamp, and using these with the light connected to the glasses. Thank you so much!

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Sherry Cannon

BOY WHAT A DIFFERENCE they make for me. I am about to be 51 and have had to wear glasses for reading for about 8 years. While I could see the hand work I was doing...I really couldn't see the details...and I found myself squinting a lot to try to "see better". This product is amazing....I can see such fine detail on the projects that I'm working on, and I realized this afternoon that I'm not squinting any more! My eyes don't feel tired and my head doesn't hurt! Best of all...I feel that the quality of my work has already improved by leaps and bounds because I CAN SEE!!! They are GREAT!

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Sarah Brazzel, Sewing, Embroidery & Hand Applique Artist

I love my CraftOptics and DreamBeam, and wish I bought them sooner. They make all my crafting activities easier since I'm not struggling to see and I have far less stress on my neck. I recently had a problem with my DreamBeam, but Jeff responded to me on a weekend and the problem was resolved 100%. In addition to a wonderful product, they have great customer service. Thank you.

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Eileen H. Jewelry & Needlecraft Artist

I still can't put on my glasses without giggling and then tearing up! I can see perfectly at the age of 64 for the first time in my life. I am so extremely thankful for your gift of site. The tears are falling on my cheeks even writing this. I absolutely love my red CraftOptics!!!  

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Jean Kruger, Quilt Artist

"With great excitement I finally received my parcel yesterday. I had read the reviews on the craftoptics telescopes, but assumed that people were a bit over the top with it. I had tried other cheaper magnifiers with no luck, and when I had cataracts done which meant reading glasses, I was really struggling with my craft work. Well!!!! Amazing! Having the whole unit put together for me was a lovely idea, as I was able to start using the glasses straight away with no adjustment at all. And having batteries in the light was also a lovely thoughtful touch. I will take time to grow into them, but I can already see what an amazing difference it will make. My only problem at the moment is that I have trouble stopping my head and shoulders from creeping forward. Old habits die hard! I still can't believe that I can actually start using the #15 beads and doing fine scale embroidery again. Many thanks for your great service." Regards,

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L.H. Bead & Embroidery Artist

I love my glasses! Before I purchased Craftoptics, I had to quit knitting or quilting when my eyes got tired or if the work was too small. Now when that happens, I grab for my glasses, and I am able to work as long as I wish. They are especially helpful in the car when I am a passenger and want to work on my piece of knitting. And when the lighting is not too bright, they are especially helpful. I highly recommend Craftoptics to anyone who does close work. Thank you!

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Vivian B., Quilt and Knitting Artist

I am an avid Quilter and do a great deal of needle-turn appliqué. While I believe myself to be a young 55, I can't begin to share how much my eyesight and therefore my stitch quality has improved with the use of my CraftOptics! They were my favorite tool purchase of all time! Thanks so much for bringing this tool to the masses! So very glad I stopped by your booth at the Grand Rapids show in 2015!

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Sharon T.

After getting my CraftOptics scopes, I am stitching tiny, almost invisible hand stitches - like I did when I was 25. Best thing I have ever done for myself and my self esteem. Just had my prescription updated (only $85) and these folks were quick and accurate. I had my scopes back in 10 days!

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Cathie H.

I saw your glasses presented at the quilt show at Oaks, PA. I made a special trip back to the show to purchase them.  Although they are not inexpensive, they are by far well worth the investment!  CraftOptics are absolutely the best sewing purchase I have ever made. They are an investment in my work, and my eyes! Thanks for the help in purchasing the perfect pair.

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Carolmarie Scanlon

I am a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and use them for placing umbilical lines in premature infants. As I have gotten older, I was having trouble putting in umbilical lines (a special IV catheter in the vein & arteries) and intubations (placing a breathing tube in the trachea) on premature infants. I am also a quilter. I found out about the lens from my dental hygienist and the next month just happened to go to a quilt show in Hampton, VA and you had a booth there. I tried them out and they are wonderful! Without these glasses and the light, I was struggling with tasks required for my job. The light is a must for anyone who purchases these also!

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Kathy Connelly

I no longer have shoulder pain from holding the canvas up close to see the details and my ability to see the details is amazing. I can keep my threads equal and straight and I am able to see problems quickly and take care of them right away. It's so nice to be comfortable and needlepoint without pain. Thank You for such a great product. I love them.

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Debbie

Please tell Jeff thanks for his call and for re-making my Rx. The new telescopes are perfect. Instead of switching among three sets of "readers," when I can find them, I now wear this one pair, comfortably, all day in my studio.

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Candice Phelan, Ph. D., FiberArtVision

I received my order yesterday and I am pleased beyond words. These glasses are astonishing. Just trying them at the show did not prepare me for these amazing glasses. I want you to know what a great asset Kate and her partnerwere at the Cincinnati show. They were very friendly, quite knowledgeable about the product and made sure that buyers' questions and concerns were clearly understood. I just am without words at the marvelous product you have

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Sharyn Cardinali, Quilting

Just received my telescopes today. I had absolutely no issues getting used to them. Was surprised at how light they are and the glasses themselves are very comfortable. They even look quite stylish (I ordered red)! I already know I'll be ordering the light at some point. Before I ordered them, I did go to my optometrist to get the precise information requested on the form. That's probably part of the reason they fit so well with no issues with the magnification, etc. Thanks for a great product which I will use for needlepoint and painting needlepoint canvas.

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Linda Burgess Northport, Maine

Talk about incredible, I am so happy with my CraftOptics!!! I am [now] able to see what I am stitching. This is so important as a long arm quilter. Everything is in front of me without bending over to see what I am doing. It has lessened my back discomfort and eye strain. Thank you so much for the incredible customer service.

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Cheryl Szynkowski, Long Arm Quilting

I must tell you that I love my glasses!! I just finished a dresden plate quilt that I did stitching in each fan and usually I'd be in sooo much pain in my neck and shoulders I could only hope t get this done!!! When I finished I realized my shoulder and neck were not screaming at me!!! Thank you so much.

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Judy Clay, Quilt artist

Before I wore these telescopes I would wear two pairs of glasses to do this work, one stacked on top of the other, to get the magnification I needed.

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Geraldine

I received my glasses and DreamBeam today and I've barely moved from my sewing machine since they arrived. I can't believe how much I was missing! Although I had a problem with the light, I called your company and was more than pleased by the responsiveness of your staff. Thank you for producing such a high-quality product. You've made this quilt-aholic woman very happy!

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Pamela Armitage, Quilting & Beading

Just a note to let you know I received my glasses today. Thank you for a wonderful Birthday Present! I've already used them for a sewing problem I was having (ripping hems out is not one of my favorite things to do, but your glassicals made it easy!) Thank you so much.      

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B.J., Quilt artist

I am pleased to tell you that I have received my CraftOptics. I am very pleased with them. I can now stitch in comfort instead of bending over my work and making my back and neck ache. I know they will make a difference to my hobby from now on. The dream beam gives incredible light. I do not know how I have managed with my daylight bulb for so long as the dream beam light is so much brighter. Thank you so much for a fabulous product. and to Jeff for helping me fill out the application form.

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Karen Slater, Miniature Embroider

I was just using the optics yesterday while working on a chainmaille project and the difference was really noticeable! The seams in the jump rings were much easier to see, which made the whole project a lot easier.

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Katie

The telescopes are working out great!  The only downside is I can now see mistakes I've made in my craft projects that I hadn't noticed before.  The only thing I can think of for how to improve them would be to make them so small they could be implanted directly into the eyeballs.  Craftoptics bionic eyes, how cool!

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Pam

I have officially become middle-aged. I can still see to read just fine, but suddenly my arms just weren't the right length where my stitching was concerned. My prescription is very strong as it is - now my up-close vision is iffy. What's a serious stitcher to do? In an effort to avoid going to using only 6-count Aida for my projects, I have tried all sorts of magnifiers. I am too fidgety for the ones that fit around the neck, but if I get in the zone, I can make them work. Free-standing magnifiers tend to give me motion-sickness, so while they offer a great view of my stitching, I can't use them long term. I managed to make clip-on lenses work pretty well, but was frustrated with the fact that I had to hold my work at a single fixed point to see it. Since I had so many problems with traditional methods, I leapt at the chance to test some CraftOptics telescopes recently. These magnifiers are unique in that they are attached to glasses fitted with lenses in my current prescription. So far, I feel as if all my problems have been solved! The glasses are super comfy and rather geeky chic. I can use the telescopes to view my work, and still watch TV and interact with my family at the same time - I swear I can't hear if I don't have my glasses on! There's no problem with motion sickness, and when I flip up the telescopes, they stay put. And, there's quite a range where I can see my project, so I don't have to hold it in just one place. There are lots more features I am still discovering and I will offer a more formal review of this product as soon as I have a chance to test it out more. Granted, the price means that this option is not an inexpensive one. But for hard-core stitchers who have "bad eyes" like me, it is a very practical one. If stitching is a major part of your life, as it is mine, they might just be worth it! As I said, I will be offering a more formal review soon, so stay tuned, but I wanted to let you know that such options were out there, in case you are having problems like mine. (I have no connection with the company other than the fact that they sent me a pair of their CraftOptics Telescopes to test.) The glasses are available in red (show here) and black (like the one's I am testing). You may visit the CraftOptics website, fan them on Facebook, and/or follow @CraftOptics on Twitter to learn more.

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Connie Barwick
Miniatures +

CRAFTOPTICS: A WHOLE NEW WAY TO SEE YOUR MINIATURES by Mary B. Last April I purchased a pair of CraftOptics at the Chicago International show (aka Tom Bishop show.) They really are amazing! Before my CraftOptics, I felt I couldn’t control the brush well enough to attempt some details in painting minis that now I can do fairly easily. And working with adhesives is definitely easier now. What are CraftOptics? Glad you asked! Here’s a picture from their website https://craftoptics.com/ As you can see from the photo, CraftOptics include a pair of glasses (made to your prescription), a pair of high resolution magnifying telescopes, and a battery-powered light. They also come with a case to store them safely. Now when I work on my minis I don’t hunch over the work, or keep trying to adjust the distance between my eyes and the minis. This is true whether I am painting, doing needlework, sculpting with polymer clay or just cutting or gluing. I’ve even found that it helps me cut more accurately when using a miter box. If you visit their website you will see that many hobbyists and those in a number of professions are using this product to help them see better when doing their work. They are expensive so I felt better about the purchase because of their 45-day money back guarantee, as well as warranties on the various components. The website has a lot of information – including a video and photo gallery – as well as ways to contact the company for more information. Before I tried them at the show, I really thought that my eyes just weren’t up to the detail work I used to do, or maybe my hands had just lost a crucial “coordination edge.” With the CraftOptics, I can do just as well as I did 10 years ago. It’s been a terrific boost to my work in the hobby. I’ll bring them along to the February meeting. These are just too good not to share with my fellow miniaturists!

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Mary B., Miniaturist

These glasses have changed my life! You don't know how happy you have made me! Do you make regular glasses?

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Helen P. , Dollhouse Miniature Artist
Art - General +

2016 Update: "You spoke to my wife at the quilting expo last weekend. It reminded me to let you know how much I value your telescopes. I’m not sure how long I’ve had them: a decade? longer? I use them regularly, because there is really nothing better for looking at the details of mountings of works of art on paper. They let me see into narrow spaces clearly—a crucial first step in deciding whether a mounting needs to be replaced—and decide how to go about replacing it."  

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Drew Stevens, Distinguished Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Chazen Museum of Art University of Wisconsin-Madison

I used to use a visor, but that required that I get really really close to see. And that would mean that I'm breathing all over the art and sometimes it means I have to be all hunched over and still not really able to see deep underneath the art. Using the CraftOptics Telescopes allows me to work in a more natural position and I can see a much larger area.

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Drew Stevens
Fly Tying +

I'm enjoying seeing what I'm tying so much better! It's awesome- I tied some this morning and am amazed by how well I see.

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Larry L., Fly Fisherman & Guide
Electronics +

I have been enjoying my CraftOptics glasses with the now correct-for-me prescription. My eyes now see the close-up component work as well as the above bench level test equipment displays. WooHoo! I certainly appreciate how you stand behind your product. I appreciate the quick turn-around time on these, too!

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Steve Witte, Owner, Q5 Communications
Low Vision +

"The glasses I puchased were for my mother.  I am happy to say she is thrilled with them.  They make such a difference for her. She has macular degeneration and was worried she would have to give up quilting. The glasses have made such a difference, not only in her quilting but in reading. She’s read every night since she got them.   Thank you!"
Jeanne Dumphy

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Jeanne D.
Permanent Makeup +

"OMG! I just received my CraftOptics Telescopes with the DreamBeam and they are fantastic!!! No more shadows, no more bulky lights or mag lamps! They are perfect for working with permanent makeup, extractions during a facial, plus so much more! Thank you so much!!!"

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Marie Caraccioli, Licensed Medical Esthetician, Instructor, Permanent Makeup Artist and Eyelash & Eyebrow Extension Expert. Marie is owner and operator of Carabella Facial Spa, Baton Rouge, LA. http://carabellafacialspa.com
Tattoo Art +

"OMG! I just received my CraftOptics Telescopes with the DreamBeam and they are fantastic!!! No more shadows, no more bulky lights or mag lamps! They are perfect for working with permanent makeup, extractions during a facial, plus so much more! Thank you so much!!!"

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Marie Caraccioli, Licensed Medical Esthetician, Instructor, Permanent Makeup Artist and Eyelash & Eyebrow Extension Expert. Marie is owner and operator of Carabella Facial Spa, Baton Rouge, LA. http://carabellafacialspa.com
Veterinary +

These are ideal for eyelid laceration repairs - lots of detail work that you can't have your face close to (because it's usually done with standing sedation). The light is key.

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Dr. Ruthie Lindberg, Allegheny Equine Associates
Watch Repair +

The telescopes have been great for my neck and spine. I have arthritis that affects my back and it's been a real challenge to work for long periods of time, but now I can do everything and it's much more comfortable.

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CJ
Woodworking & Model Work +

I've been using the CraftOptics for various modeling projects over the past few weeks. Last night, I was using them while detail painting around grills and air-intake screens on a locomotive, and they made a big difference. I notice that I don't have as much neck and eye strain when wearing the CraftOptics. The clip-on light is a big help as it illuminates the area between my two work lights.
I've also tried them while applying decals. I flip the telescopes up when positioning the decals, as I prefer seeing the whole model to make sure things are in alignment. However, the telescopes are useful after the decals are in place and the setting solution has been applied. At this stage, I check for trapped air bubbles and silvering (trapped air under the clear areas of the decal that show up a silver blotches against the painted model).
In addition, I've used them while drilling holes for grab irons. Some models have molded dimples that serve as the starting point for drilling holes. The telescopes make it easy to see the dimples, especially on dark cars and locomotives.

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Cody Grivno, Model Railroad Craftsman

I just wanted to tell you that I am a satisfied customer of your telescopes. I use them here to solder resistors and capacitors every day that are 1.68mm x .89mm and with the telescopes they are large enough to see the solder connections that I make. So thank you for having a fine product.

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Ken H., Electrical Engineering & Assembly
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