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    plexiglass GG?

    I've got a little pinhole / box camera project in the works and I need a cheapo and unbreakable ground glass for rough composition (and possibly use with a real lens from time to time). Has anybody used plexiglass? How would you go about texturing one of the sides - sandpaper? A polishing compound?

    Thanks for any help

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    frosted Scotch tape. you'll be suprised how well it works!
    I also have a plexi ground glass on my Wehman. There are stick on films that'll work but i don't know where to get them.

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    windshield places sell (maybe ) the stuff that tints your windows, and that
    might work. i use a piece of waxed paper on my 11x14 camera and it works
    very (very) well

    john

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    windshield places sell (maybe ) the stuff that tints your windows, and that
    might work. i use a piece of waxed paper on my 11x14 camera and it works
    very (very) well

    john
    The waxed paper is your ground glass, or you coat some plexi or something with the waxed paper?

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    Take a CD case, and sandpaper it with the smallest sandpaper you can find. Works great!

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    Quote Originally Posted by walter23 View Post
    The waxed paper is your ground glass, or you coat some plexi or something with the waxed paper?
    just waxed paper

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    drafting mylar available at any art supply.

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    Lexan is available in many hardware stores. It is easy to cut. It is essentially unbreakable. You can scuff it up with fine wet sanding sand paper and top that off with a dose of valve grinding compound and it makes a surprisingly decent gg. I carry one as a spare since I know if can't be broken. Having tried both plexi and Lexan I think Lexan looks better for this. I haven't tried scotch tape.

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    I've tried sanding plexi. It works, but it's not super sharp as you might imagine.

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    Re: plexiglass GG?

    Drafting mylar taped to a cheap Fresnel sheet you get at an office supply store. It is a plastic miracle.

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