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timeruinsbelief
03-30-2006, 10:21 AM
does anyone know an effective and cheap way to patch light leaks in an old leather bellows?

constantine
03-30-2006, 10:27 AM
hi,
i recommend bostick and sullivan's bellows repair kit for just $12.95!
excellent product and very helpful and friendly people.
constantine

constantine
03-30-2006, 10:28 AM
http://www.bostick-sullivan.com/

Tom Persinger
03-30-2006, 11:22 AM
check this thread:
http://f295.f295.org/uploads/Blah.pl?b-cm/m-1142844076/

timeruinsbelief
03-30-2006, 11:27 AM
THANKS FOR THE LINKS! the new project is turning an old copystand camera into a view camera. if all goes well i will have an extremely large format camera... a 20X20

Tom Persinger
03-30-2006, 11:36 AM
very nice!
save up for the film! it costs a fortune.

oh, please document this for us!

tp

Jim Jones
03-30-2006, 11:42 AM
For bellows with a fabric liner I use black liquid artist's acrylic paint thinly applied and scrubbed in with an old soft toothbrush. It plugs pinholes and remains more flexible than oil based paint. For holes larger than pinholes, I'd try very thin fabric glued down with the acrylic paint.

timeruinsbelief
03-30-2006, 12:49 PM
can i even find film that size? i was thinking that i would have to make a film holder for it and then shoot directly onto salt print style printing out paper...
any suggestions about what to shoot with would be great!
i was origionally thinking liquid emulsion spread on watercolor paper but i am thinking that that would give me a negative immage...

Tom Persinger
03-30-2006, 02:35 PM
check here, J&C has a 16x20 (special order) and a variety of smaller sizes.
http://www.jandcphoto.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=117

here's some 20x24"
http://www.jandcphoto.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=70

you may also consider using lith film. you can develop in a weak dektol solution, stop with water and fix normally and use it under safelight.

you can buy it buy the roll at freestyle, 20"x200feet
http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_prod.php?cat_id=406&pid=5448

of course you could make calotype paper negatives (alan greene's book primitive photography details the how-to process)

tp

timeruinsbelief
03-30-2006, 03:29 PM
THANKS, once the camera is done i think i'll load it up with some of that lith film, load the whole thing into the back of a truck and have a blast.
i'll post pictures and drawings of the construction!

ImageMaker
03-31-2006, 11:51 AM
If it's only a few small holes, I've used little patches made from black leather with good results. My Zeiss-Ikon Ideal (leather bellows made in the late 1920s) has a number of these patches and is now perfectly light tight, unless I run into leaky velvet in the plate holders. Darned things are crimped and/or soldered together, I'm still trying to figure out how to replace the velvet in them...