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    Brass Shim Stock

    I am working on my first pinhole camera, and I am looking for material to make the pinhole from.

    A lot of people have suggested using .2mm brass shim stock, but a thorough search of the local Michael's didn't turn up any. What is the intended use of this stuff so I have a chance of finding some in the store.

    The clerk I asked had no idea what I was talking about.

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    Hobby stores, craft stores, sell flat thin sheets of brass stock. Look in the area for model airplanes. I'm not sure of the brand, but I believe its something like K&E? Anyway, you should be able to find packages of something like 6x9 inch brass stock in very thin sheets.

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    A bearing supplier should have some. It is used for precision packing in engineering.

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    If you want simple and cheap, try a soda can. The material toward the top is thinnest. Just make sure you paint the backside black.

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    Any hardware store should have it.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    If you want/need specific thicknesses, you can order from McMaster Carr. They have just about anything you could ever need.
    Dan's website: www.dandozer.com

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    Another source you might try is an autoparts store. The soda can will also work, I've made pinhole cameras out of 1 quart and 1 gallon paint cans by simply drilling a hole in the side of the can. This is supposedly way to thick but it does work. The attached image is taken with a quart paint can camera, with 0.020 pinhole drilled directly in the can.

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    Online metals there in the U.S. will have what you want. I have ordered from them and been very satisfied. The other sources I have used locally are hobby stores (model train section) and trophy plack stores /engraving shops. The kind used for brass name plates on post boxes works ok.

    http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...p=2&top_cat=79

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    Brass

    Randy, I have massive amounts of brass shim stock. I haven't measured it but it looks about .2mm and 1/2" ish wide in ribbon form. Send me $1.50 for postage etc and I'll send you 12" ... Should be enough for 10-12 ... Bill, PM me
    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

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    brass

    Checked in the shop. .25mmx15mm (just under 5/8") I've used black foamcore to mount a 1" piece. ... as a lensboard for my view cameras....
    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

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