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Old 08-06-2013, 07:57 AM
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Suggestions on buying or making a great Light box for tracing?

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Old 08-06-2013, 08:08 AM
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I have used windows and my acrylic table (for my sewing machine) with a light underneath.
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There are several ways you can make a light box. If you have a dining table that separates to insert leaves to make it bigger, pull the sides apart, place a piece of glass or plexiglass over the space and put a lamp underneath. This is good for larger designs. I have a square endtable that has a clear insert about 18"x18". I put a lamp underneath it. Or, take a clear plastic box and turn it upside down with a light inside it. With the new LED lights that don't generate heat, this is nice, because you can use a thin plastic box. I purchased one of the opaque white project boxes that are 13x13x2 from JoAnn's to make a traveling light box. I have all my marking tools, masking tape and the LED lights that are battery operated in it. Check out Harbor Freight for LED lights. I just bought several for $1.99 each that are 12-bulb lights and used AAA batteries.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by mckwilter View Post
There are several ways you can make a light box. If you have a dining table that separates to insert leaves to make it bigger, pull the sides apart, place a piece of glass or plexiglass over the space and put a lamp underneath. This is good for larger designs. I have a square endtable that has a clear insert about 18"x18". I put a lamp underneath it. Or, take a clear plastic box and turn it upside down with a light inside it. With the new LED lights that don't generate heat, this is nice, because you can use a thin plastic box. I purchased one of the opaque white project boxes that are 13x13x2 from JoAnn's to make a traveling light box. I have all my marking tools, masking tape and the LED lights that are battery operated in it. Check out Harbor Freight for LED lights. I just bought several for $1.99 each that are 12-bulb lights and used AAA batteries.
Wow great information - using a clear plastic box and LED Lights. Thanks for sharing this!!!
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:21 AM
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The portable idea is great!
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:25 AM
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Both ideas are really great! Why can't I think up some of this stuff? So glad for the board
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:28 AM
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Bellaboo posted this last year and I ran to Walmart toy department to get mine. Unless you need a big light box, this has a surface about 8x11 and I LOVE it. I use it for tracing Redwork patterns onto muslin. I have a design on white paper in sharpie with a thick piece of muslin on top and I think you can see how great it works. For $25 in Canada, it works perfect!
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Walmart here was sold out of every one after my show and tell at guild meeting showing mine. LOL. It's lightweight, no cords, and the LED lights are super bright. It's made for kids so it is sturdy. It was $20. Some posters found them on clearance for $10.
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I have old hobnail lamps with glass shades in my bedroom. For smallish designs, I just slap a 16 inch square up ruler on top of a lamp and start tracing.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:08 PM
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I have a glass top coffee table. I just put a lamp under the glass and presto, a light box.
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