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    I was watching the Fons&Porter hint section and this was mentioned. You put one of the tap lights under your clear acrylic table that goes around your sewing machine. You can trace small designs onto fabric using it as a light box. I had heard about putting a tap light into a clear storage bin and tracing on that but this would be so much handier.

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    That's a good idea, if only my acrylic extension was the clear version!!

    I pull out the leaf in my dining room table, stick a short lamp underneath and a 16x20 sheet of glass over the gap in the table. This works for me.

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    That is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing
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    My ext table is solid. When I bought a new fridge, I kept the clear shelf from my old one and it makes a great light box. It makes an excellent surface for crafts. It has come in handy for many uses.

    I haven't found a clear plastic bin that had a smooth bottom. All have a something stamped and ridged right in the middle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I was watching the Fons&Porter hint section and this was mentioned. You put one of the tap lights under your clear acrylic table that goes around your sewing machine. You can trace small designs onto fabric using it as a light box. I had heard about putting a tap light into a clear storage bin and tracing on that but this would be so much handier.
    Great idea, I have the clear acrylic extension table, just hadn't looked at it that way! Thanks! GEMRM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I was watching the Fons&Porter hint section and this was mentioned. You put one of the tap lights under your clear acrylic table that goes around your sewing machine. You can trace small designs onto fabric using it as a light box. I had heard about putting a tap light into a clear storage bin and tracing on that but this would be so much handier.

    Wonderful idea! And so inexpensive.

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    I saw this show last night too, and appreciated this tip, though I already do it.
    I was wanting to watch the video from the show again, but cannot find it on their site - any idea which series is currently showing on Create TV? Last nights show was NOTHING BUT TRIANGLES. Thanks.

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    Check the Create TV website. I check it monthly and print out the schedule - mark it on the calendar. Also, check your local regular PBS channel, ours has a program on on Saturday morning at 7:30am.
    here is the link for Create:
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr View Post
    I saw this show last night too, and appreciated this tip, though I already do it.
    I was wanting to watch the video from the show again, but cannot find it on their site - any idea which series is currently showing on Create TV? Last nights show was NOTHING BUT TRIANGLES. Thanks.

    Ah - found it - 1501. But it won't show the quilt. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr View Post
    Ah - found it - 1501. But it won't show the quilt. Sigh.
    Woo, hoo - just found the pattern!
    http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/pro...print-pattern/

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    I use my glass top coffee table
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

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    I tried one of those, but it didn't give me enough light. My husband built me a frame with handles on it and plexi on the top from Home Depot. We put a flourescent light underneath and it works pretty good. I still wish there was a little more light, but it does the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I was watching the Fons&Porter hint section and this was mentioned. You put one of the tap lights under your clear acrylic table that goes around your sewing machine. You can trace small designs onto fabric using it as a light box. I had heard about putting a tap light into a clear storage bin and tracing on that but this would be so much handier.
    Great idea to keep such a small storage items and will not look heavier rather then other boxes. I keep it because over the table I put a lamp and designer watch looks great. I am totally agree with that It looks more handier comparatively other boxes.

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    That's really a very good information you have shared here. I will like to work like this. Before this i only know about the light boxes is that these are only used in sign making.

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    Can you add another light tube? My dh made me one, too, and we put two light tubes underneath, and it's plenty of light.
    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I tried one of those, but it didn't give me enough light. My husband built me a frame with handles on it and plexi on the top from Home Depot. We put a flourescent light underneath and it works pretty good. I still wish there was a little more light, but it does the trick.

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    I found a great light box. It's cheap, lightweight, bright LED lights, and no electricity needed. Everyone in my guild has one. It's this: http://www.crayola.com/products/ligh...g-pad-product/ Walmart, Target, most toy stores have them. Walmart is the cheapest here at $9.99. Even at full price of $15 it's a great buy.
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    I have a glass top coffee table. Why didn't I think of that??? Thanks for the tip!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    That's a good idea, if only my acrylic extension was the clear version!!

    I pull out the leaf in my dining room table, stick a short lamp underneath and a 16x20 sheet of glass over the gap in the table. This works for me.
    I am doing Spring Bouquet BOM with laser cut pieces. I need a 16" light box. This is a perfect idea for me. Thanks!
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