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Thread: Inexpensive Light box

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    If you don't have a light box and want one that can be used anywhere, no plug required, weights practically nothing, sits on your lap and is cheap get one of these: http://www.crayola.com/products/ligh...g-pad-product/

    I bought one today at Walmart for $20.

    It works great. it holds a 8 x 11 1/2 paper but any size could be used. I put a printed pattern on it and could see through solid bright yellow fabric perfectly. I did tape the pattern to the pad using painters tape so it wouldn't move at all. If I was a die hard appliquer I'd have a pro one, but this one does a fantastic job for me.
    I also bought one from Walmart but the problem I have: the light is a very small bulb and runs on 4 D Cell Batteries and it isn't long before the light begins to dim and the batteries are dead. I went with the piece of plexiglass, put on top of four vegetable cans in each corner and then put a string of Christmas white lights underneath. Works perfectly.

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    I use to draw soil maps for Natural Resources Conservation Service and worked from home so I had a large light table built which has a light section that is 2 X 4 ,it's oak and tilts but I never seem to use it for quilting. I tend to use a piece of acrylic sitting on 2 pieces of wood with a light underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry View Post
    I also bought one from Walmart but the problem I have: the light is a very small bulb and runs on 4 D Cell Batteries and it isn't long before the light begins to dim and the batteries are dead. I went with the piece of plexiglass, put on top of four vegetable cans in each corner and then put a string of Christmas white lights underneath. Works perfectly.
    It must have been a different tracing box. The one I bought has LED lights and runs on 3 AA batteries.
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    Thanks for the tip. I have a large light box, but it isn't very handy for classes or travel---too big. This is a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiger View Post
    Open up the kitchen or dining room table. Place a piece of acrilic over the openintg. Then put a lamp or light on the floor underneatth, and you're good tp go!

    Sounds like an easy and cheaper deal.

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    Thanks for sharing this! SOunds like a great idea, especially when not at home!
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    Hahaha!! Perfect!! I'm going to have to raid the kids section! Thanks.
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    Lightbulb

    Bellaboo, that is a very good idea for quickies! Thanks for sharing! I saw one time if you have the clear extention table for your sewing machine, you can place a flouresant light underneath it and it works really well too.
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    I found it in the office supply dept. on the end cap of the aisle. No telling where it may be located in other Walmarts. I found them at Target in the book dept. I really like this as it is so portable and no set up involved. I keep it in my bookshelf on end like a book, it's thinner then many of my quilt books.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 01-23-2013 at 07:04 AM.
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