I am not kidding when I say that this is my very first DIY attempt in any hobby that I have undertaken. I'm not that good with my hands when it comes to construction work, and hence I rather spend the money on a product that has been designed for such a purpose.
but I couldn't justify spending so much money on a light tent when I am merely doing this to idle some time away before I jet back to Australia. so I figured I'll just ask/dig around for some materials, and created this... thing, which has crafted out some rather pleasing results.
obviously, I had help. first and foremost, this article has made it virtually idiot proof for me to create my own light tent. secondly, thanks to my girlfriend and maid who got in on the act of things to help things go smoothly. since I am very incompetent with my hands, I guess I would have been doing this till next year and still not gotten it done!
Materials used are
- Box. Cost = free
- 3 pieces of 70cm by 50cm paper from Popular. Cost = $1.70ea
- two rolls of double sided tape. Cost = $0.65ea
- some blutack. Cost = free?
- muslin cloth from Popular. Cost = $2.99 per meter. I bought 4 meters so that I can use it for cooking purposes as well.
- time taken to realize I really can't draw a line with a ruler to save my life. Cost = priceless.
anyways, here are the pictures.
this was an unused Santa Fe box that was used by my mum to shuttle stuff back and forth from Thailand whilst she was stationed there. it measured 50cm by 50cm, by the way.
this is just one panel that had to be hollowed out to make the "windows". notice the top portion of the box was also removed (via a swiss army knife blade).
image of the portion that got sawed off.
these tools certainly made it easier for my girlfriend to cut the pieces of paper we bought, to form the borders for the internal part of the box.
measuring the 5cm border around the edge of the box. the other hand belongs to my maid!