|Finished Light box|
Next I Started assembling the top frame of the box. This will not get closed at all with wood. I started by attaching the corner boards together. After fitting the corner boards together I used screws to attach these boards to the board to go across the front of the box at the top. Even with pre-drilling the holes, I had a hard time getting the screws to go all the way into the boards.
|Applying fabric to the sides|
|In the process of pickling|
After getting all of the box constructed I started by applying white muslin to each side. I cut a fairly good sized piece for each side. I glued each side with the glue gun, pulling the fabric taut on each side. As I glue the fabric down I also folded the edge over to make each side nice and neat. The fabric acts a filter for the light. This keeps there from being glare on the object inside that you are photographing.
After getting the fabric adhered to the box, I painted the inside with wicker white craft paint. After getting the entire inside painted I started using a rag to scrub off most of the paint. This technique is called pickling. It gives the wood an aged appearance. I thought that I just wanted to put a backdrop over this, but after I finished I realized that I really like the look of the soap especially in front of the wood. As you can see from the picture the color of the item inside pulls that color out in the wood.
|Pictures in the light box.|