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THE T E X T ILE ART IST 'S STUDIO HANDBOOK
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PROJECT:
tools
Paintbrush
Drill to fit 2" (5.1 cm) flat head screws
2" (5.1 cm) flat head screws
Several bolts, nuts, 1" (2.5 cm) washers, grip
washers
Wrench
Surge protector
On/off switch
2" (5.1 cm) white gaffers tape
Strong, double-sided adhesive tape
Pencil
Wood glue, optional
Wood putty, optional
materials
1 piece of ply wood cut to 30" x 24"
76.2 cm x 61 cm)
2 pieces of 1 x 8" plywood, cut to 30"
(76.2 cm) long
2 pieces of 1 x 8" plywood, cut to 22"
(55.9 cm) long
1 piece of 30" x 24" (76.2 x 61 cm) glass,
with no UV filter
Fluorescent lighting fixtures with exposed,
not covered bulbs (we used two 24" [61 cm]
long units, with two light bulbs) Note: If you are
inexperienced with wiring, seek help from someone
more knowledgable.
4 Fluorescent light bulbs, with no UV filter
(appropriate wattage for purchased fixtures)
Small container of white paint (enough to paint
the inside of the box)
Thick, small furniture pads (for the bottom of
the finished unit)
How to Make
a Light Box
If you are excited to begin screen printing and plan
to use the photo emulsion method (see chapter 6),
you can make a light box to expose your screens.
It is also handy for tracing imagery onto fabric
for embroidery. A homemade light box can be as
small as you would like for storage purposes, and
its easy on the wallet.
This light box measures 30" x 24" (76.2 x 61 cm),
large enough to accommodate many screen sizes
but small enough to store easily.
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instructions
1. Cut the wood to the listed dimensions.
2. Construct the outer part of the box into a 30 x
24- inch (76.2 x 61 cm) rectangle. Fasten the 1 x
8-inch wood pieces together using the drill and
2-inch (5.1 cm) screws. The shorter 22-inch (55.9
cm) pieces fit between (inside) the 30-inch (76.2
cm) pieces. Use two screws per side, positioned
at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the edge with ap-
proximately 5 inch (12.7 cm) or 6 inch (15.2 cm)
between the screws. You may want to dab a small
amount of wood glue on the ends of the wood
pieces first, but this is optional. Another aesthetic
decision may be to fill the screw holes with wood
putty and paint the entire outside of the box if
seeing the screws bothers you. You can paint the
outside of the box later. [a]
3. Paint a thick coat of white paint on the inside of
the rectangular frame. The white paint on the
inside of the box creates a reflective surface and
helps to evenly distribute light. Paint one side of
the 30-inch x 24-inch (76.2 x 61 cm) plywood. Set
the painted wood aside to dry. [B, C]
4. Place the florescent light fixtures (without the
bulbs in) in the center of the dry 30-inch x 24-inch
(76.2 x 61 cm) piece of plywood. Measure to
ensure that they are centered both vertically and
horizontally and pencil-mark the board for place-
ment. Pencil the screw holes in the bottom of the
fixtures on the board also. [d]
5. Choose a bolt and drill bit that fit through the holes
in the fixtures and drill holes through the wood in
all the marked screw holes. [E]
6. Place the rectangular frame on the floor and the
30-inch x 24-inch (76.2 x 61 cm) piece (white paint
facing down) over it. Drill the board to the frame
with 2-inch (5.1 cm) screws, starting at the corners
and then between the corners, on all sides. [F]
A B
C D
E F
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