May 28, 2013
pleasekillmenowforiamworthless asked: Did you build your own UV exposure box? I am planning on doing some gum printing at home and your setup looks quite reasonable. Do you know where I can get schematics for building one?
I don’t have schematics for building an exposure unit but I built my exposure unit box by using white Melamine shelves from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/3-4-in-x-15-3-4-in-x-97-in-white-melamine-shelf-1605490.html and four two Strip Fluorescent fixtures 24 inches from Home Depot:http://www.homedepot.com/p/Progress-Lighting-2-Light-24-in-White-Fluorescent-Strip-P7266-30EB/202599765#.UaTmkpVSXZQI use eight Sylvania 20 W 24-inch bulbs (F20T12/350BL/ECO) about 3 inches away from the print. I ordered the bulbs from http://www.buylighting.com
I also made an exposure unit for my students at Queens College where I built the box using 2×4 lumber and a plywood top and stapled black cloth on the sides with enough room underneath to be able to place a contact printing frame and make test strips.