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Design Issues and Solutions D.I.Y. Gobos

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by jonliles, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. jonliles

    jonliles Active Member Fight Leukemia

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    Has anyone had any exeperince with using "household" objects to make DIY gobos? Such as Pie Pans or maybe transparency film, etc...How did you mount them? Gobo Slot? Gel frame? please tell me of successes and failures and unexpected results. Really, anything used to make a gobo.

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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Punch and twist is one of my standard gobos.... take a screw driver... and punch.. and twist....
     
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    MNicolai Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    For metal stock, most hardware stores carry small pieces of sheet metal or aluminum ducting. For $8, today I bought a piece of light gauge aluminum that can get me 10 A-size gobos, maybe 12 if I push it.

    If you use aluminum though, up the thickness a little bit from that of a soda can because the infamous soda can gobos tend to soften up under the heat pretty easily. Go figure.
     
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    If you want CHEAP gobos, go buy some radiator grate at your local hardware store. You would be amazed how good it looks and how cheap it is. [media]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2036/2204280189_4138ab4e99.jpg[/media]
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I've used this one (CloverLeaf or QuatreFoil) in productions ranging from The Mikado to Shakespeare.
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    In researching another topic, I found this (from this document):
    3. Do you know anyone who makes his own printed circuit boards? Step#3 from 6. How do I make my own gobos? is doable, but results can be unpredictable. Hazardous Chemicals Involved! Follow all Safety procedures! quarterfront describes alternate chemicals Still Dangerous! in this thread: http://www.controlbooth.com/forums/lighting/8669-gobos-how-make.html.
     
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    MNicolai Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    I'm making B-Size gobos, and having just drawn them all out on a sheet of 8x18 aluminum, I have room for 15 gobos, for $8 plus my own labor. Not bad. I also found out the bottom of a can of Aquanet happens to be exactly the same size as the image diameter of a B-size gobo.
     

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