Well, not so new anymore….it took me quite a long time but I’m back again! Went on holiday for two weeks to Italy (had a wonderful time, even rode on horses again yeayyy!) right after we got back I went to pick up my new little bunny rabbit! He’s very cute and horribly distracting and just can’t get myself to go back to the 50+ working week. Maybe it’s a hint I should try and lay back a little but we need to get work done right ?! With doing nothing you get exactly that: nothing. And I don’t get up for nothing in the morning 😉
Anyway, enough of that mumbo jumbo talk. I promised I’d get back on that dark box that was in the making. Well, it’s ready and in use. Awesome thing about it: I can use it without the help of someone else. Downside: it’s a tad too small for the big plates (but it works so for now I’m good) and I’ll have to heighten the table somewhat more to get it on a more relaxed working height. But other than that….brilliant! Now, apart from the dragging part, I can do it all on my own. The dragging I’m also able to do on my own but an extra set of hands are always welcome!
On to the photos…
I have put duct tape on the bottom inside the box to keep the wood protected from the spillage of fluids in there (which is bound to happen). The silver box is not sunken into the dark box, which I will adjust in the future as to create a bit more working space. I also forgot to make a hangup-system for the LED lights and I’m surely going to change that too. Leaving them on the bottom results in an unnecessary loss of light.
For more info on the dark cloth click here.
Anyway, love the box as I can work on my own now ❤
Ow, and for those wondering what the hell this bunny looks like..here is one photo of him. And then you will fully understand why he is so bloody distracting 🐰 😉
looks great !
was one layer of fabric enough to make it light tight ?
Yup, one layer is more than enough! Extremely light tight stuff! Still have to make the dark cloth for the camera. If you mail me your address I can still mail you a sample if you like..!
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BK-5 is not 100% light tight…. I can see light coming through a single sheet of it when using a bright LED flashlight… I use an additional material on the outside to reflect light and heat away… The material is a silverized taffeta available here:- http://www.owfinc.com/Fabrics/NylonWoven/taffeta.asp
The issue of BK-5 not being fully light tight was also mentioned on collodion.com by Joe Smiegel.
Again, thanks for the heads-up on the cloth not being 100% light tight. I’m not much around on collodion.com so missed out on the remarks made there. I haven’t noticed any light coming through when working with it, though haven’t used it in direct sunlight. It doesn’t cause my plates to fog so it does what I need from it.
Thanx for the heads-up on this silvered taffeta. That will come in handy when summer hits our place!
Hi. I’m building my own darkbox and have been sourcing out cloth for it. I’m wondering … How much of this cloth (dimensions) did you use? Thanks!
I’d have to measure it to be exact but when guesstimating I’d say I used about 2 square meters.