Does anyone know any other places to buy or how to build a lightbox for mylars. The one's i found are way to expensive. Thought about having someone build some for me but don;t know where to begin any suggestions.
"I basically used some cheap 1x2s from Lowe's (I believe they are sold as furring strips there). I made a basic frame from that and put a piece of masonite on the back. I took the flourescent bulb contacts from the lamp and mounted them in the box and ran all appropriate wires. For the front, I took a section of a flourescent fixture diffuser (the thin plexiglass-like sheet material used on most flourescent fixtures), put one light coat of white paint on it to help create a more uniform lighting effect. I then glued this piece to the wood frame. I found some white strips commonly used for joining sheets of masonite or wall board together. I made an outer frame from these, leaving the left side free to come off. And, as I said before, I used Adobe Photoshop to create the marquee sign and all the movie mylars. I printed them off on plain paper, then laminated them to give them some rigidity and to help in diffusing the light better.
I took some pictures last night of the sign with my new marquee, but left the camera at the house. I'll try to remember it at lunch and attach a picture or two for everyone to see.
As for the type of light that I used, it was an older desk lamp that my wife had found at a garage sale. She wasn't using it anymore, so I commenced to dissassembling it. It uses the small, 18" long flourescent lamps, much like those used in aquariums. I have a pair of the soft white kitchen and bath lights to help give it an even white glow."
Don't want to get personal, but what is your budget? You could pay anywhere from $75 to $400 (for a double mylar) There are several options. First run a search using Mylar in this forum-there is a current thread on this topic, which should get you in the right direction.
As far as the movie mylars themselves-go to ebay. I wouldn't pay but a couple bucks for the large ones. With the exceptions being big name hits like Pirates or hard to find titles like Moulin Rouge.
PS: Before posting always run a search first. Most likely the topic has been addressed-so that is the quickest way to find an answer.
Hey guys thanx for the reply's, i did do a search, i just thought maybe someone new or somebody else who forgot about the previous theards would come up with a idea on how to build a light box or where to buy 1. I went to target in my area and they didn't have any. I already have several mylars i just need something to put them in, i really not to talented in woodewoorking. Thanks again.
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