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    I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    I just wanted to share with you all my joy of finishing my first bellows yesterday. It is for the 12x12 wet-plate camera I'm finishing right now. It is made out of two layers of fabric found in the local fabric shop. They where quite dense when alone and when combined they made a totally lightproof solution.







    A doddle! Will show you the new camera in a few days!

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    beautiful! good job!

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Kudos to you, Andrey. Many of those on this forum who want to build their own bellows could learn from you. Nice also to see home made bellows with correctly made/folded corners!
    What exactly is the fabric made of? Cotton? Artificial material? If it is just cotton it will be very prone to pinholes when used often. Hope it is not the case.

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Very impressive, Andrey.
    Will you be publishing your bellows-making technique?

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Thank you all for the kind words! The outer fabric layer is combination of cotton and some artifitial material. The inner is artifitial only. My bellows making technic is combination of all information found on internet and most specially the manual found on the J.B. Harlin site.

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Very nice work Mr. Donchev. How many hours of skill in your bellows?

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Bravo !
    For Michiel's camera ?

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    That is a great job. Just installed a new bellows on my Kodak full plate, but would not even try to make a bellows. Would like to hear the details of your adventure, however.

    Jack

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    That is a great looking bellows. Looks like it was made by an experienced professional.

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    Re: I have finished my first bellows yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrey Donchev View Post
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    It is made out of two layers of fabric found in the local fabric shop. They where quite dense when alone and when combined they made a totally lightproof solution.
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    A.
    It seems you've found the right material combination - quite a difficult achievement (as J.B.Harlin noticed too). A possibility to initiate small business with all those interested...?

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