My “All-New” Wooden Darkbox

Well, not so new anymore….it took me quite a long time but I’m back again! Went on holiday for two weeks to Italy (had a wonderful time, even rode on horses again yeayyy!) right after we got back I went to pick up my new little bunny rabbit! He’s very cute and horribly distracting and just can’t get myself to go back to the 50+ working week. Maybe it’s a hint I should try and lay back a little but we need to get work done right ?! With doing nothing you get exactly that: nothing. And I don’t get up for nothing in the morning πŸ˜‰

Anyway, enough of that mumbo jumbo talk. I promised I’d get back on that dark box that was in the making. Well, it’s ready and in use. Awesome thing about it: I can use it without the help of someone else. Downside: it’s a tad too small for the big plates (but it works so for now I’m good) and I’ll have to heighten the table somewhat more to get it on a more relaxed working height. But other than that….brilliant! Now, apart from the dragging part, I can do it all on my own. The dragging I’m also able to do on my own but an extra set of hands are always welcome!

On to the photos…

Darkbox Front - Closed

Darkbox Front - Closed

Darkbox Side - Closed

Darkbox Side - Closed

Darkbox side - Half opened

Darkbox Side - Half opened

Darkbox Side - Here you can see how the lid is being kept open by a chain which is attached to a small nail at the back of the box

Darkbox Side - Here you can see how the lid is being kept open by a chain which is attached to a small nail at the back of the box

Darkbox Front - Fully opened - Here you can see how the dark cloth is being attached to the wooden pillar attached to the box to keep it open during working

Darkbox Front - Fully opened - Here you can see how the dark cloth is attached to the wooden pillars on the box to keep it open during working. You can see where the three pillars are placed on the photo above.

Darkbox - Outside in full working mode (beware lame photo qual of iPhone 3GS)

Darkbox - Outside in full working mode (beware lame photo qual of iPhone 3GS)

Darkbox - In full working mode. You can see the silver box etc standing inside.

Darkbox - In full working mode. You can see the silver box etc standing inside (beware lame photo qual of iPhone 3GS)

I have put duct tape on the bottom inside the box to keep the wood protected from the spillage of fluids in there (which is bound to happen). The silver box is not sunken into the dark box, which I will adjust in the future as to create a bit more working space. I also forgot to make a hangup-system for the LED lights and I’m surely going to change that too. Leaving them on the bottom results in an unnecessary loss of light.

For more info on the dark cloth click here.

Anyway, love the box as I can work on my own now ❀

Ow, and for those wondering what the hell this bunny looks like..here is one photo of him. And then you will fully understand why he is so bloody distracting 🐰 πŸ˜‰

Dino, the French Lop

Dino, the French Lop

Advertisements

7 responses

  1. Indra,

    looks great !
    was one layer of fabric enough to make it light tight ?

    Alex

    October 11, 2011 at 18:00

    • Hi Alex,

      Yup, one layer is more than enough! Extremely light tight stuff! Still have to make the dark cloth for the camera. If you mail me your address I can still mail you a sample if you like..!

      Indra

      October 11, 2011 at 18:38

  2. You got mail……

    October 11, 2011 at 19:02

  3. BK-5 is not 100% light tight…. I can see light coming through a single sheet of it when using a bright LED flashlight… I use an additional material on the outside to reflect light and heat away… The material is a silverized taffeta available here:- http://www.owfinc.com/Fabrics/NylonWoven/taffeta.asp
    The issue of BK-5 not being fully light tight was also mentioned on collodion.com by Joe Smiegel.

    October 12, 2011 at 16:03

    • Hi Andrew,

      Again, thanks for the heads-up on the cloth not being 100% light tight. I’m not much around on collodion.com so missed out on the remarks made there. I haven’t noticed any light coming through when working with it, though haven’t used it in direct sunlight. It doesn’t cause my plates to fog so it does what I need from it.

      Thanx for the heads-up on this silvered taffeta. That will come in handy when summer hits our place!

      -Indra

      October 12, 2011 at 19:06

  4. Rob

    Hi. I’m building my own darkbox and have been sourcing out cloth for it. I’m wondering … How much of this cloth (dimensions) did you use? Thanks!

    June 10, 2012 at 15:45

    • Hi Rob,

      I’d have to measure it to be exact but when guesstimating I’d say I used about 2 square meters.

      Best, Indra

      June 12, 2012 at 16:00

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s