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Old March 9th, 2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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Skirting/Flagging a Chinaball

Wondering if any of you - who have had to flag or skirt off part of a china ball (on the fixture itself) - could share your experience in doing it in the most efficient way

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Old March 9th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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Duvetyn and C-47s works every time.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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I've also used blackwrap on china balls. In addition, you can spray paint them black (or some other color) to block/cut the light output. I imagine you could use ND gel as well. The great thing about china balls is that they are so cheap that you can afford to mess up, so try anything.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 03:19 AM   #4
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appreciate both your responses. thanks!

someone on another forum suggests garbages bags. i think I'm gonna go for that because its alot cheaper than using Duvetyn.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #5
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Depending on how bright your light is, garbage bags may not totally block the light. For really bright stuff, they act more like a quadruple scrim. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just be aware of it. I actually quite like this effect in certain situations (I think light spill can be a wonderful thing sometimes - weird, huh?).

All that said, if you really want to use the garbage bags and completely block some light, just double 'em up.

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Old March 24th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #6
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thanks Dave. i actually wanted it to work like a scrim
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