What you need:
- A white box - I used one that held computer copy paper.
- A 16 x 20 picture frame with glass - go to Salvation Army, yard sale, Goodwill, etc., and get the ugliest and cheapest one you can find.
- A sheet of tissue paper. Only one - yep. Preferably without a ton of wrinkles in it...
- A lamp. (Don't tell me that you have to go buy a lamp *lol* THAT is not in our budget!)
Now take your ugly frame and get rid of any cardboard or paper backing (you can't see through that, you know *winks*). Just keep the frame and the glass. Set your frame on top of the box with the back side of the frame up. Make sure your frame sits securely on the box and that nothing wobbles! Now comes the tissue paper fun!
Take a piece of plain old ordinary cheap tissue paper and lay it on top of the glass. My frame has these little bendable points in it which hold the glass in place. I slid the tissue paper under the points. If your frame doesn't have anything like this, make friends with your local picture framer and ask them if they could put some in your frame for you. They may charge you a little bit, but it will be worth it!
Now you are ready to test this out!
Does it work? You bet!
Put your photograph, drawing or whatever you want to trace on top of the tissue paper. This little image of Fiona is on regular photo paper from an ink jet printer - so it is heavy, but not as heavy as chip board.
Here's a few last minute details...
- DO NOT LEAVE THIS TRACING LIGHT BOX UNATTENDED. You know - lamp, heat, hot, paper, cardboard - like, don't start a fire, okay! Turn your lamp off if you are not tracing. If you can trace from another room, I want to know what planet you are from and whether your arms telescope or stay that long all the time. If your planet is not nice, nevermind - I don't want to know about the arms after all.
- BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU HANDLE THE GLASS. Please*please*please* always be careful when you handle any kind or any size of a piece of glass. Do not use your glass to slice and dice any body parts. NO! That is NOT in the instructions! NONONONO!
- BE SURE THAT YOUR FRAME IS FIRMLY PLACED ON YOUR BOX AND THAT YOUR BOX IS ABLE TO SECURELY SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF YOUR FRAME. In other words, please do not create a landslide that involves your box, frame and glass. Please!!!
- BE SURE THAT YOUR BOX IS ON A GOOD SOLID TABLE AND THAT NOTHING WOBBLES. No wobbling box, no wobbling frame, no wobbling tables are allowed! No*no*no*no!
- BE SURE THAT YOUR GLASS IS SECURELY HELD IN YOUR FRAME. If you can't get your picture framer to help you out with those really fun little flexible points, then glue the glass in the frame. That is why we bought a cheap ugly frame. Glue the glass in and you will never be tempted to use this frame to put your artwork in it. *shivers at the thought*
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