Best materials for making bellows

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    Hi there,

    I'm currently restoring a Kodak No.33 5x7 view camera. The bellows are really trashed. I'm planning on making a new bellows.

    I've looked around a lot online but have yet to find a definitively good source for bellows material. Is there anywhere to order fabric online that's appropriate? Ideally I'd like to add in a little more extension to the camera (possibly creating a bed extension), so if I got something that might be a little more compact than the original that would be awesome but I'd be happy to just get the camera working again.
     
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    I ended up covering them with gaffers tape. I was fairly careful and they look ok, if not pretty good. I'm going to spray paint them flat black, I think it will be hard to tell. The only thing I'm concerned about is that they will fold up in the camera. They are currently getting crushed by a couple of books to make them thing out.

    Thanks for the post...that was awesome.