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Sometimes it pays to do a random drive-by shopping.

Hancock Fabrics close to where I work is having a sale on a bunch of material, some of it 50% off. I was able to get 9-1/2 yards of bloack polyester poplin (perfect blackout material) 60" wide for $1.75/yd. I also picked up 14 yards of pure white polyester (perfect diffusion material) 60" wide, as I can never have enough.
I also got a few yards of poly silk which has a fabulous texture, and five yards of "costume satin" that was cheap-cheap. It's a tiny bit blue, not even noticeable until you put it up against the white.

I think I'm happiest with the pure white poly. That's enough for me to make a few LARGE diffusers in frames (think 10 x 10 feet) with relatively easy sewing.

A hundred bucks. In fabric. That I think is a low-point record for me, and considering what I got, I'm pretty happy.

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purplesquirrel
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
Which Hancock is this?

I once tried to use a piece of white poly-blend fabric to diffuse the flash on my camera. Big mistake. I wound up charring both the fabric and the plastic on the flash.
magicmarmot
Aug. 26th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
The one in Minnetonka/Hopkins on highway 7.

With really big diffusers, there is generally a lot of space between the light and the fabric. I'm usually 2-3 feet away minimum.

Though I'm surprised that you could char fabric with a strobe unless it's going almost constantly.
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