Diana Probst, Cambridge Artist

Building a Light Box: Part 3

How lucky I live in Cambridge

Today I zoomed down to Engineering and Design Plastics Ltd. I like that name; it does what it says on the tin.

I had a piece of milky perspex cut to my aperture size in 3mm, and that was it. Light box finished. All of it, including drying, took less than 48 hours. Now I can copy line work I did to make hand-drawn originals in quarter of the usual time and with half the waste. A sheet of tracing or greaseproof paper and some heavy-duty drawing paper on top are no problem. It was more expensive than the bottom end light boxes that go through thin paper, but cheaper than comparable items with the same wattage. I also get to decorate it without guilt – it is not graffiti if it is embellishment.

If you are building one at home, even vicariously, take the time to give yourself a pat on the back and a cup of tea. You done good!