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Lightbox Project

My wife get a new teakettle. Hey ... is that Martha Stewart? Really? Oh, well. Whatever. The important thing is she immediately recognized the form and sturdiness of the box as very useful for me finally making my own lightbox for taking pix of my dollies in lieu of just constantly pining about the fact that I don't have one.

First, this is a solid corrugated carboard box. Second, it is open on two sides by design (no cutting and bracing). Last, it has both a nice rasied floor and a roof. No doubt these were all signifcant presentation design issues for the people who made the packaging. Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Not much to this project, once you have the box. I spray painted the outside black (for no particular reason) and cut some scrapbooking paper for the floor and walls. Dark floor, light but still textured walls.

That back bit in the corner pulls out, so to make extra floors, all I need to do is cut out squares. Likewise, I can make extra backgrounds and walls with regular rectangles, but get a nice effect with the back piece in place.

I will probably make a few backgrounds that curve along the back walls without the backpiece in place.

The pièce de résistance is the two booklights. I got those (and two others that were in garish colors) for $12 from Amazon. Three bucks each!


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