Building Darkroom Nr. 6

It took awhile, but finally a bit of rest caught up along with more will to start rebuilding the darkroom and studio. The thought of having to break it off again when Ad Hoc tells us to leave kind of put me off rebuilding. But in the end it keeps me from being able to work so rebuilding really is the only option. And.. it is fun! Rethinking everything all over is always a challenge and an exciting thing to do. The only major thing left to finish is hooking up the wet table to water and a drain. Got all the stuff, just needs to be done.

Today we finished making the space light tight with some great fabric, donated by Erik which he bought quite a few years back for a whole different purpose. My first plan was to use something like black rubble sacks, double-layered, and tape it to the windows (which were quite a few!). But this is much much better as only one layer is sufficient to get the job done and it’s white so reflects all red light inside and reflects light, thus heat, outside. Anyway, enough with the blabla…onto some images, from start to where it’s at now 🙂

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So…that is as it stands now..Hopefully soon things will be fully up and running. About the cloth, it’s a three-layer synthetic fabric, two outer whites and one inner black. Don’t know the price, don’t know the name, only that it works REALLY well, it’s light, thin and easy to handle / cut etc. If I find more info on it in the future I’ll add this.

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Have a great evening and I’ll be off for some dark dreams tonight 🙂

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6 responses

  1. Superb – Great you’re back in the dark!

    July 28, 2015 at 19:24

  2. Indra, Great that you are back into the darkroom, been awhile. There is a severe draught in California so the high price of water is keeping me out of mine.

    July 31, 2015 at 21:42

    • Yes Terry, I miss it terribly! Wauw, incredible the water prices are that high. Sorry to hear that. Hope everything levels for you there so you can enjoy the dark again. And use water at a nice price again. You’re so used to it you take it for granted.

      I hope for the rest you’re doing okay!

      August 12, 2015 at 21:19

  3. Kenny

    You might want to look on the Firstcall Photographic website here http://www.firstcall-photographic.co.uk/products/660/firstcall-black-out-material-white in the UK for a source of the darkroom material.
    Looks like you’ll have a great darkroom come studio when it’s all finished:)
    PS I have no connection with Firstcall other than I’m a long time customer, they are excellent by the way!

    August 9, 2015 at 09:53

    • Thank you Kenny! That could very well be the stuff that I used. It’s indeed a combination of cotton and polyester. The mention of white/creamy sides only seem to confirm this. I believe you’re not an affiliate of Firstcall, no need to apologise, I appreciate your comment!
      Looking forward finishing this, still needs to be done.

      August 12, 2015 at 21:23

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