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    Light Box Suggestions??

    My eyes are growing old (!!) so I'm thinking about getting a light box to mark fabrics and for embroidery design placements. I think it would help me a lot...and save me time, too!

    If you have one, will you let me know where you bought it? I'm not very handy in making one so don't want to go that route. And I have no SO to make one for me!!

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    I put a light underneath my glass table top and beem it upwards, works great for me

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    I bought one at Sam's Club it's great: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/lighttr...ci_sku=187380S

    Also the Crayola Light Up Tracing Desk is good and is under $20.
    Got fabric?

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    I hear what you are saying about not wanting to make one....but will throw this out just in case you
    change your mind when you see the prices. You can use a simple plastic tote (clear better than frosted) and a
    simple 12-18" corded flourscent 'undercounter corded light. Lights available at walmart in the lightbulb department. for between $10 and $20....plastic tote for $5 to $10 pending size.....
    Otherwise lightboxes available at Joanns for between $100-$200....I would assume Hobby Lobby and Michaels would also have them.
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    I bought mine many years ago at Michael's.

    I don't see the exact model there now - mine was a bit larger - but here are some others:
    http://www.michaels.com/Projectors-L...efault,sc.html

    And more - most under $100:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=+light+box&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USofficial
    Last edited by MTS; 10-24-2012 at 01:50 PM.

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    All the clear plastic bins I have found have a ridged circle right in the center or indentation in the bottom of the bin, a paper won't lay flat. The box I bought at Sam's is super nice an attractive for under $50 shipped.
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    Does your sewing machine have a clear acrylic table extension? If it is you can put one of the stick up battery light domes under your extension table and you have an instant light box. You can also put the dome light under any large clear plastic bin for a light box.

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    I made a really simple one. I went to the big hardware store and bought a sheet of frosted plexiglass, and a string of LED Christmas lights. Then I bough a cheap wooden frame ( find the thickest one you can), rest the plexiglass on top and put the lights underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You can also put the dome light under any large clear plastic bin for a light box.
    What brand of bin do you find that has a flat smooth bottom?
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    I use the Crayola Tracing Desk. Grandsons outgrew them and I claimed them. That's called recycling


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    I took an old 1/2 storm window, placed it on 4 cans and put a light under it.....works wonderful
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    I quite often just tape to my sliding glass door.

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    You all are so thrifty/handy/imaginative!

    Don't forget if you have a table with leaves you can pull it open and lay the glass or plexi- or stormy over the gap and put a table lamp on the floor beneath.

    Hey! I bet an old glass refrigerator shelf would work! Mine are smooth on top, ridged underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    I quite often just tape to my sliding glass door.
    That's what I do. Of course I'm limited to tracing only during daylight hours
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    If you belong to a quilt guild/group chances are someone has somethign you can use free, even if you have to go to their home. sometimes others want to get rid of their bulky light boxes as they take up so much room to store. HINT: one of the quilt groups I bleong to has a very large light box donated for members' use ... so the owner didn't have to store it anymore.

    You can always go the old fashioned and really cheap way and use painters tape and a window with good sunlight coming in.

    For the clear portion a number of idea: the acryllic extention table, buy some clear plastic from a local supplier, use the glass from a picture frame [can find cheap at thrift stores,] buy a small piece of glass from a glass store as they may have smaller pieces available from other projects, likewise buy glass from a framing store, use a glass top from a pation table or from an end table [if you have one with such a topper], do you have access to a glass storm window? ... just let your imagination go wild.

    Some quilters use a large almost clear plastic bin [Joanns or thrift sttore/garage sale], cut a groove for a light cord on one end, put their light facing up on a flat surface, and then put the plastic bin upside down over the lamp.

    For holding up the glass: I use soup cans with my Ott-like lamp under the clear acrylic I have, open table leaves, between folding snack tables [if use acryllic], and more.

    I expect you'll get a lot of different answers here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    What brand of bin do you find that has a flat smooth bottom?
    Bellaboo I have a good supply of flat,clear plastic bottom bins from when I used to get the massive margaine tubs. I use them for all kinds of storage (they are about 10X12)and for light boxes as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    massive margaine tubs. - (they are about 10X12).
    Holy moly!
    That's a LOT of margarine!

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    I use a piece of plexiglass that I bought at Home Depot and my folding Ott light. I put 2 plastic shoe boxes on my cutting table, suspend the plexiglass between them, put the Ott light underneath, and it works great. It's also easy to store when I'm done.

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    Everyone has such great ideas (which I knew yall would!) I may look at the Crayola Light Box and at Sam's. I kinda like the ones that are flatter and closer to whatever it's sitting on. I've used the old "hold it up to the light" and try to mark it but usually get it out of whack!!

    Edited to add: searched for the Crayola and I can be "cool" with Cars, Hanna Montona, Elmo, etc.!! LOL
    Last edited by Nanamoms; 10-24-2012 at 05:22 PM.

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    I bought a piece of plexi glass already cut at Lowe's. I put a tap light in a card board box and plexi glass on top. But I may have my daughter in law get me the light box from Sam's. I do not have a membership with them.
    Linda

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    I purchased a light box at JoAnn's using one of her coupons for 50% off. It ran about $25.00 after coupon.
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    I know you don't want to make one but I made mine for les than $10. Scrap piece of plexiglas, scrap 1x4s, and a six foot strip of rope lighting.
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    I just got mine from Nancy's Notions catalog. I didn't opt for the LED version but I got the larger size and am glad I did.
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    Another possibility is to use a drawer for your box (or a cardboard box works too!)
    ... then plexiglass for your top.
    Any of the different light options will work ... electrical or battery operated.
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    I took the guts out of an old scanner, took the lid off and then just put a bulb in it. It works great and is easy to set up and work with.

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