Make a Light Box in a Jiffy
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Have you always wished you had a light box, but don’t want to spend the money or don’t have the space to store one. Well, this tip is for you! There are so many tasks that a light box makes easy–tracing paper patterns, tracing appliqué designs, matching registration marks on patterns printed with pattern drafting software and much more. Once you use one, you’ll be hooked.
All you need to make one is the glass from a large picture frame (the glass can be replaced in the picture when you’re done), either a table that has a removable leaf or two tables that are the same height, a table lamp or other lamp, and an extension cord.
Remove the leaf from your table, but leave the two sides of the table open (or place two end tables about a foot apart). Take the glass out of the frame and straddle it across the open halves of the table. Remove the lamp’s shade, and place the lamp on the floor underneath the glass using the extension cord (if needed), and turn it on. Voila! Your new light box is finished and ready for use.
Use the extension cord if necessary to reach an outlet, and turn on your lamp.
Remove the leaf from the table, but leave the two halves open. Or, place two end tables about a foot apart. Remove the lampshade from your lamp, and place the lamp under the table's opening (or between the end tables). Remove your chairs from under the table, and place the glass on the table straddling the opening.
Place your work on top of the glass. It's so easy to line up registration marks or to trace pattern pieces or appliqué designs. Once you've used a light box, you'll never want to do these tasks without one!
Begin by gathering the necessary items. All you need is a lamp, a piece of large glass (I took mine from a picture that hangs on my living room wall), a table that has a removable leaf (or two end tables that are the same height) and an extension cord if needed to reach an available outlet.