The best reflective material for a DIY Softbox

So … I have a lot of softboxes and reflectors of all styles but always wanted to make a few of my own … (you know the feeling that “I can definitely improve the design”? :) )

Sourcing the materials is usually the trickiest part … :) and the hardest one for me was to find a reflective material that is strong enough, reflective enough and doesn’t weigh a lot … you know … like the material you find in the “original” softboxes …

It took me a while to overcome this snag but I managed to “convince” a seller from Ebay to get me the real thing … (I asked quite a few sellers but only one managed to find it)

The material has a width of 1.45 m and it weighs 300 grams per square meter (my order of 3m weighs 1.3 kg), it has some black fabric on one side and a reflective, “beaded“ surface on the other.

It arrived folded but it looks that the creases are not permanent so this is not an issue.

Here are some photos taken just after the parcel arrived.

Reflective material for a DIY softbox

Reflective material for a DIY softbox 1

Disclaimer:

Two reasons for this post – First and the most important: I’ve learned a lot from the people that shared their experience and this is payback time! :) Second: I did promise to the seller (as an incentive to make him search harder :D) that I am going to spread the word about his store)

So for US $15.99 you can have a 1 by 1.45 m of “original” reflective material! (free international shipping :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/371327690665? Alternatively you can search for “371327690665” on Ebay and the seller is oneworldonedream2010

Happy DIY-ing! :) … and share your designs! :)

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6 responses to “The best reflective material for a DIY Softbox

  1. Nice find! The texture is not really up to pro standard, but looks ok.
    Was wondering, on the other side, the black material, is it strong enough for outside of the box, or do we need to add anything else on top of it? How thick/strong is this thing, same as regular softboxes or not?

    TIA,
    Mat

      • Hi,
        thx for reply!
        Yeah, I know it’s the same as chinese use, that’s why I said it’s not “pro standard”. ;) Prophoto, elinchrom, etc, use a much finer texture, which diffuses the light a lot more. You can buy that texture from Rosco (I just did for my flourescent “kinoflo” lights I made), but it’s only the silver texture. It’s white on the other side and while it is strong and heat resisted, it’s not enough for the actual softbox use. So now I’m debating to get this material that you found or get the rosco silver + some black material for the outside and sew them together.

        Regards,
        Mat

  2. Sewing is going to be problematic if you are going to put the material in any kind of stress + it needs to be done “professionally” …. gluing is a better option … but again you need a pro grade blue ….

    • Yeah, I plan to hire a pro to do it.. Just need to find a stong, black, heat resisted material, water proof would be a plus as well..
      Or use the material you found, which would be easier and not sure how much difference there is with the “pro” texture..
      How big is the texture on there? Do you have any closeup with any size reference (coin, ruler,..) photo to share perhaps?

      Thx, Mat

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