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Re: [BKARTS] edward has some questions



I don't have any ideas on the transparencies unfortunately, but I've read that a lightbox can be jury-rigged by putting a Bruter lamp inside a (dry) top loading washer and then putting a piece of glass or Plexiglass over the hole in the top.
You might think about using that very heavy (1/4 inch or more) Plexiglass instead of glass because it doesn't break and it also makes a really wonderful drawing board for later use. That can be gotten from your local glass supply place. And if they have a scrap in the back that they don't have to cut to size they often can be persuaded to part with it fairly cheaply.
I was lucky a few years ago and found a lightbox cheap-cheap on the last day of an art supply place "Going Out of Business Sale": the top of it is white rather than clear (which might diffuse the light better) , so if you make your own, you might consider putting a piece of tracing paper (or the like) between the light source and the top to diffuse the light.
An open wooden storage box from Ikea or a craft store or an old drawer might also do as a support for the fluorescent light stick and the top.
I would think that some ventilation for the heat from the bulb would be necessary, --especially if you use a piece of tracing paper as a light diffuser between the bulb and the top.
Good luck! And do let us hear what works.
Virginia
----- Original Message ----- From: "edward van Vliet" <etechne@xxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 6:10 PM
Subject: edward has some questions



i may have asked these before, but i here goes anyway:

1. rather than working with either transparencies (plastic) or tracing paper (or mylar, or whatever), is there any way i can take paper and make it more transparent? not that it needs to be totally transparent - just so that the paper becomes less materially present (if that makes sense). i'm working with already existing images and drawings on paper and not creating them. any ideas?

2. anyone have any experience making lightboxes? what i would like to know revolves around lightbulb usage and ventilation issues, as well as how to create transparencies/ slides (or whatever medium would carry the image). any thoughts, suggestions, resources?

3. if thou couldst have but one book - which would it be? why?

with bated breath,

edward


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