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    Light Box for Gum / Cyan prints

    At a workshop they had these homemade boxes with long light bulbs in them. Like flourescent looking light bulbs.

    I have now gotten my husband to agree to build one of these boxes, but what are the light bulbs? They were not black lights. Will the Plant grow lights work?

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    Sounds like an UV light box. If You look through the threads I am sure You can find detailed description on what You are looking to build. After reading another thread I wanted to try one of the face tanning lights. I took my materials to the lamp store and asked if I could try the lamp. It worked fine for cyanotypes. It is a nice size that can be place anywhere You want to. And the price is just 50 USD. I dont print much larger than 8x10", but if You need to print larger You should build You own or order a large one. Bostick and Sullivan have some very nice looking ones they sell.
    If a man does not keep in step with his fellows it may be because he hears a different drummer... Thoreau

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    Yup - what Falkenberg said. UV tanning facial studio - I use a philips one - its really nice - very even and relatively controlable. I couldn't have built one cheaper than I bought it. I've only done up to 10x12 on it but have used it for gums, van dykes, cyanos, albumens .

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    The Unblinking Eye web site has a few good articles on light sources - this one by Sandy King is pretty complete:

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Light/light.html

    This shows how to build one:

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/UVBox/uvbox.html

    There are several other articles on the site you may find of interest:

    http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/articles.html



 

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