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    I'm just about to finish building a pinhole camera. All I need to do is make the pinhole and wait for the film to get here. Since I recycle the aluminum soda cans we drink out of, i'm just going to use that. I see no reason why that wouldnt work fine.
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    Aluminum from a soda can will work fine.

    To answer the question of where to get brass shim stock.. Try Ace Hardware. The one near me has varying thicknesses of aluminum, brass, and stainless steel flats, rods, and tubes. All in small quantities and relatively inexpensive. Perfect for small projects.

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    The maker is K&S & as earlier post say, Hardware, craft, & hobby stores. I got a bagged assortment of different sizes & thicknesses at American Scientific & Surplus for a couple of $$.
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    The best reason for using shim stock is that it is very thin, and you want the edges of the pinhole to have the smallest possible thickness. The classic technique of using a blunt punch to make a dimple, and then sanding off the convex side until the pinhole is the desired diameter, will give you a thinner edge than any shim stock that is robust enough to handle. Heavier starting stock, within reason (soda can and on up) is actually easier to work with.

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    The best material I've found for home-made pinholes is the disposable aluminum lids for steam table trays. Here is a link mainly to show what I'm talking about.
    http://www.package4less.com/aluminum...isposable.aspx
    The lids are less than $1.00 each at retail stores like Party City. You can probably make 50 or 100 pinhole apertures out of one. They are thin aluminum, thinner than a pop can but thicker than aluminum foil. I've found brass shim stock to be harder to work with than aluminum; it can crumple too easily.

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    Another good source of material for making pinholes is the metal sliding "door" on 3 1/2" floppy disks.

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    Look for K&S Engineering's sheet metal display, usually found in any Ace or True Value hardware store, and in many hobby shops.

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    I find I can work pretty well with 0.002 inch brass by keeping it in the larger sheet and holding it stretched against a flat surface while creating the pinholes. I then cut out sections after the pinholes are made. I find 0.001 inch is just too flimsy to work with easily. Hobby shops catering to railroad modelers seem to be the most reliable source of the K&S stuff around this area.

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    Thanks for all the help, I found the exact K&S display pictured above at my local hobby shop. I picked up the variety pack with .001, .002, .003 and .005. Now to see how long it takes me to horribly mess up this camera.

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    I have always been able to find it at an auto supply store.

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