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« on: January 30, 2011 05:17:52 AM »

I thought I would post this, in case it's useful to someone else. I was quite proud of myself for thinking it up  Grin I've wanted a photo tent forever and I'd seen some tuts online with cardboard boxes, but they looked a bit flimsy to me. Then it hit me! I had these 10x8 wood picture frames from the Dollar Store lying around (I use the glass for polymer clay work). So I took some leftover nails I had from hanging pictures and used 3 on each side of a frame to create a channel to slot the other frames in.

That's just to keep stuff in place while I use my trusty glue gun to "grout" everything (because let's face it, Dollar Store frames are not the straightest ever!).

Now the wood box is really sturdy! All I did then was tape some remnant cotton white fabric (I wanted to be able to remove it to wash it/ change it) and voila! A cheap photo box! The only thing I had to buy was a full spectrum light bulb (I read that's best). I plan to experiment with covers and light-sources next.

The advantages are that 1/ the bow is sturdy so I can really stretch the fabric over it and 2/ the normal "grooves" of the frame make a perfect channel for the cardboard background.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 06:21:16 AM »

This is so awesome! I was thinking about buying one I saw at thinkgeek, but I'd prefer a homemade option. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011 10:37:07 AM »

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I've been wanting to make one of these for a while. Dollar store frames sound like a much better option than cardboard. I wonder if my HD lamp would work as a light source...?

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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011 11:29:29 AM »

Great Idea!- Instead of tape you could use velcro

« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011 07:12:40 AM »

Thanks for sharing, I'll try something out today like this Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011 08:31:14 AM »

I like this - thanks for sharing.

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