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    I have so many patterns to create blocks for quilts and pillows. Do I really need to spend 60 bucks for a special light box? Could I use a Light Bright box? I think that we still have one from when my girls were little.

    What do the rest of you use?

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    I usually use my window, expecially on a sunny day. Makes a great shadow box.

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    save the money and go with what you've got. I have a patio door, a large window at work (during lunch hour) and a glass-topped coffee table. Gives me options 8^)

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    I use my light box a lot, but my eyes are not the best anymore. I appreciate all the help I can get and I would buy one again.

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    I have a light box that makes it easier...I have used windows, but that hurts my neck and I have a table with a glass top that I have used by putting a lamp under it. It is just more work than I liked so I gave in when I found a box on sale. BTW - I got it a Aaron brothers pretty cheap.

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    Please explain what this is and why you need it?

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    I certainly wish I had one. Unfortunately there isn't a place in town that sells one.
    I'm in the Yukon where in the winters it's cold and it's dark. The windows are really cold when I'm using them to trace (at 2 in the afternoon at work during my coffee break as that's the warmest time of day here...plus we have sun then).

    So up to you and what you need it for...how much light you get where you'll be tracing, etc.

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    I use my glass topped end table, a small lamp fits under it perfectly. pick up a cheap picture w/ glass insert at the 2nd hand store, or tape your pattern to the window.

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    Use whatever is handy and save your $$$!

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    http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Build_a_Light_Table

    Making a light table is pretty simple (smile) and one can make it fairly cheap. I have a friend who makes them and used cardboard. They are great. Create, create, create, hope this helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by YukonViv
    I certainly wish I had one. Unfortunately there isn't a place in town that sells one.
    I'm in the Yukon where in the winters it's cold and it's dark. The windows are really cold when I'm using them to trace (at 2 in the afternoon at work during my coffee break as that's the warmest time of day here...plus we have sun then).

    So up to you and what you need it for...how much light you get where you'll be tracing, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YukonViv
    I certainly wish I had one. Unfortunately there isn't a place in town that sells one.
    I'm in the Yukon where in the winters it's cold and it's dark. The windows are really cold when I'm using them to trace (at 2 in the afternoon at work during my coffee break as that's the warmest time of day here...plus we have sun then).

    So up to you and what you need it for...how much light you get where you'll be tracing, etc.
    Make one. I bought a light, my husband made a frame and put a piece of plexy glass on top. work just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alices
    I usually use my window, expecially on a sunny day. Makes a great shadow box.
    me too :) :)

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    I got mine at Michael's with a 50 off coupon...So only cost 22.00...Use it all the time and well worth the price.

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    If you have a plexi glass sewing extension on your machine, just put a little "moonlight" from a hardware store under it and you have a light table...dont have to store it anywhere. The moonlights are just a few dollars.

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    i made one from an old drawer and hinged on a piece of plexiglass. used the undercabinet flourescent lights from walmart. several sizes and they link together. works great. used for many years with a piece of white tissue paper taped underneath to diffuse the light. then found the stained glass window paint at one of the craft stores and painted the underside white. that works very well. (i also painted the inside of the drawer bright white before i put in those light fixtures)

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    I have what's left of a toy from the kids. It's a small plastic box with a nightlight inside. Surface is about the size of typing paper.

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    Find a clear plastic storage container of appropriate size, turn upside down and place an under the counter light under it.

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    A Light Bright box would definitely work. Good idea.

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    a window

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    Thanks everyone for the help. Will work on it this week!

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    I got mine from JoAnn's at 50% off. Everyone knows I have it and I lend it out a lot. It's nice to have...definitely a luxury! :)

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    My dh made me one, before that I used a cardboard box, put a bright flashlight inside it, and laid a piece of glass out of a large picture frame across the top. I masking taped all around the edges of the glass for safety.
    Kif

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039
    i made one from an old drawer and hinged on a piece of plexiglass. used the undercabinet flourescent lights from walmart. several sizes and they link together. works great. used for many years with a piece of white tissue paper taped underneath to diffuse the light. then found the stained glass window paint at one of the craft stores and painted the underside white. that works very well. (i also painted the inside of the drawer bright white before i put in those light fixtures)
    That is so neat! Another idea: if you have a dining table that can be expanded with a leaf or so, you can pull it open and lay framed glass or a heavy sheet of plexiglass on the table, spanning the opening, and set a table lamp on the floor beneath. That working on a vertical, like a window can be tiring and inaccurate for some of us.

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    I use greenheron"s method, works very and I can be comfortable while I trace.

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    I use my light box ALL THE TIME, however, I surely didn't pay that much for it. I bought mine at Michael's years ago with one of their lovely coupons.

    I would find a coupon to Michael's or JoAnn's and go there.

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