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Old 07-21-2005, 05:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all... Today I went to the fabric store which carries tons of different types of clothing type fabrics but it didn't carry anything that I could use for reflectors of gold, or even silver.. There were shiny golden and silvery materials but nothing that withstood the abuse of location photography... and I'd like to make my own custom 8x8 ft reflector..

Any idea who carries what I am looking for...say like the kind of material used in the Calumet zip disc pop up reflectors.. (42")

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Calumet carries the material for their panels, you might be able to make do.

http://www.calumetphoto.com/
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use PhotoFlex aluminum frames.They are either 72x72 or 78x78. Not quite the 8 feet that you are looking for. The fabrics come in Silver, Gold, Black, Reflective White, and a shoot through Diffusion White.

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Well,...thanks but..
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I have the 78x78" gold and silver Calumet reflectors already....and they completely suck outdoors..

I am aware of Avenger's brand of fabric for the 8x8 frames too but I am not looking for something made by them.. I am looking specifically for the fabric that is used to make those reflectors so I can build a "super reflector".. the frames won't exactly fit for what I'm doing...so I have to have it custom tailored to fit my nifty little (big) invention.....that I'm sure a lot of photographers would like to see and have for themselves..

Actually,...come to think of it,... the gold, silver, and translucent fabrics would all be nice for this..

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OK, now you are really gonna have to share some pics of this contraption some time soon! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 07-22-2005, 08:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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John Paul,
Go to the sporting goods section of the local Target. Buy an emergency survival blanket. The come in gold and silver. #3.00 ea. Then go to the Home depot, get some schedule 40 plastic conduit and some 90 degree fittings. Do a tinker toy frame and stretch one of the blankets over it. Tape the back seams with duct tape or sew a pocket in it. Good reflector material, some have a texture to them, sort of like mylar. Have someone else hold it for you while you shoot and realize you just spent ten bucks for 6x6 reflector!
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The material used in the survival blankets Gunslinger suggested is also available in larger sizes - although you've got to purchase rolls. It's a metallized Mylar film. A company I used to work for used it for thermal insulation; I believe I've seen the same thing used as cladding material for (low-end) greenhouses, etc. What we used was silver the metallized size and golden when viewed through the Mylar. Tough stuff, too. Didn't tear, hard to wrinkle, as I recall (twenty-five years ago).

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