[Alt-photo] foam for contact frame

Bill Barber nsurit at aol.com
Fri Sep 15 23:24:24 UTC 2017

I've made several, which worked great, using a thin yoga mat.  Bill Barber

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Hi there

I am in the processes of putting together a frame like this. I was thinking of just using a glass "sandwich", and had really thought about not using foam at all. Can this not work without the foam?

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Subject: Re: [Alt-photo] foam for contact frame

Would 1/8th inch thick neoprene work?  That stuff is readily available online . . .

Walker Blackwell

> On Sep 15, 2017, at 4:28 PM, Darkrooms, Department of Art via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> Hello List,
> I have a homemade exposure unit with a built-in area for sandwiching the negatives and coated paper. Basically, it’s a table with a large piece of glass covered in foam. Then there is another piece of glass on hinges that closes on top and a light bank on top of that that also is on hinges to close down on top.
> So, you have:
> Lights
> Glass
> Negative
> Coated paper
> Foam
> Glass
> It’s not my preferred design and I would love to replace it, but it is not possible right now.  My dilemma is that the unit has developed an issue with contact that is either due to an issue with the hinges or a breakdown of the foam. I am trying to find a large piece of sheet foam approximately 50x36x0.125” or bigger and it need to be very easily squished. Does anyone have a suggestion to a specific item or a type of material that might work for this?
> Thank you
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