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    I've just ground my own glass

    I recently bought an 18cm x 24cm FKD camera, and when it arrived the lens had not been securely packed; during transit it had smashed the original ground glass into hundreds of pieces.

    To be fair to the seller, he is sending me a new one, but in the mean time I thought it was a good opportunity to make my own. My wife has just taken up making stained glass, so she cut some 2mm glass to size and clipped the corners.

    Using 600grit Silicon Carbide, it took about 1/2 hour to do, all that's left is to draw the lines on. The glass is really bright and it'll be interesting to compare it against the new one that it on it's way to me!

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    This procedure works quite well with plexiglas (a.k.a. perspex, acrylic) as well, which is very nice for travel. It's not as bright as glass but... totally unbreakable!
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    Is there a way to do this chemically too?

    Thanks for posting the pictures by the way. Makes it much easier to understand. How do you get them into the post?
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    Thanks for the pics and the info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Is there a way to do this chemically too?
    Yes, there is. The traditional method uses hydrofluoric acid, something you do not want at home. There are other methods, though.

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    There is a glass etching paste available. Try Lee Valley Tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Is there a way to do this chemically too?

    Thanks for posting the pictures by the way. Makes it much easier to understand. How do you get them into the post?
    The images need to be stored somewhere else on the internet, Flickr for example. In this case, the photos are from a forthcoming 'article' on my LF blog.

    Wherever they're stored, you'll need the http reference for the image (on Flickr go to "all sizes" and copy / paste it into the message editor here on APUG (there'll be a button that looks like some mountains, or a coupleof pyramids - click that).

    Hope it helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    The images need to be stored somewhere else on the internet, Flickr for example. In this case, the photos are from a forthcoming 'article' on my LF blog.

    Wherever they're stored, you'll need the http reference for the image (on Flickr go to "all sizes" and copy / paste it into the message editor here on APUG (there'll be a button that looks like some mountains, or a coupleof pyramids - click that).
    BTW: You can easily attach images to a post and use the image references for those as well. It's not absolutely necessary they're stored on another server.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Well done David, I'm always surprised more people dont grind their own screen. I've made a few now and I finding cutting the glass the most difficult part.

    Ian

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    It was quite therapeutic making the ground glass Here's a quick shot taken with a point & shoot this morning of the result...

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