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Professional ART tracing lightbox FREE in under 15 minutes!!! ($100 in stores)

Attention
all artists, architects, photographers, and hobby enthusiasts: Have you ever found it difficult to trace over artwork, photos, or other media?
Have you ever worked on an art piece and found tracing paper to be inconvenient, ineffective, or just too messy?
Well, now you can create your own light tracing box in under 15 minutes with just some simple materials you can find around the house!

What you'll need:
1. An old (or new) picture frame of around 18 by 24 inches or some other similar size.

2. An old (or new) cardboard box (try looking for a decent sized ones, usually from mid-sized appliances) that is slightly smaller than the picture frame in opening size and will fit under it. My box was found in the attic and used to contain a Canon laser printer.

3. A old (or new...) lamp that can give off a decent amount of light.

4. A razor-blade cutting tool

5. Around 6-8 pieces of 8.5" x 11" copy paper

Congratulations, you're all set to go!
 
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Step 1: Let's make sure we're ready to start

Make sure to prepare all your materials according to the photos in the introduction page. Quickly make sure the following are done:

1. The lamp dimmer/head is taken off (usually unscrewed by hand)
2. The cardboard box's flaps are tucked neatly inside the box, as shown in the photo.
3. The photo frame's back side (the rigid cardboard side) is taken off so that only the outer frame and glass remain.

So far so good! :D
craftyv3 years ago
Smashing, literaly. Having seen my son put his hand through a glass window I immediately saw the danger of leaning onto a sheet of glass (which you have to do to trace), so I would personally suggest perspex (or similar) instead. Having said that I think the idea is very good and quite doable for everyone. Well done.
jlhart19825 years ago
 instead of glass,  use white acyrlic, or diffuser, and it will make the whole surface light up, hence the diffuser, it diffuses the light across the whole surface and you get no hot spots.
Would this be make better if I spray painted the insides of the box a reflective silver?
That's a good idea. It would probably distribute the light better, too.
aluminum foil
awesome. I did something kind of like this when in college except I cheated and used an end table that had a glass top and just used a desk clamp light and hooked it up underneath it. The only problem was that bad boy would get HOT!
JoeAnthony.5 years ago
Dude! i just made this right now and it totally works. hahahaha. gracias!
meddler5 years ago
This is sweet. Simple and effective.