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    Cutting blackout plastic

    I've almost got my darkroom finally set up, but I'm a bit stumped on this. I have the Delta Black Out Cloth to cover up a bathroom window, but I'm unsure of the best way to cut it. I've tried scissors, but they aren't strong enough. So at this point I don't know what I should use to cut out the right section of plastic.

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    You will need to buy some heavy duty fabric shears...(expensive!)

    or

    Try going to a home improvement store and buying something like a carpet cutter. This might work just as well.


    Alex

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    Depending on how thick the plastic is (and this method isn't suitable for something more than 1-1.5mm thick), a No. 23 blade on No. 4 scalpel handle (load blades with pliers, not your fingers!). Fetch a true-steel-guided edgeT-section ruler (to keep your fingers away from you-know-what). It works, but it's mightily scary... Probably best, though, to practice a few times on something before committing to the important stuff!
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
    ~Edward Weston, 1922.

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    A utility knife, available in any hardware store, works just fine. Cheap too. Use a straightedge as a guide.
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