is plexiglass really THAT expensive?
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 7/18/2009 by kilby44 in General Photography
 

kilby44
PeaNut

PeaNut 398,370
November 2008
Posts: 396
Layouts: 0
Loc: Eastern Shore of MD

Posted: 7/18/2009 7:29:25 PM
i need a piece for a smash the cake session on tuesday. I just looked at Lowes online and a 4x8 piece was almost $300!!!! I think I only need a 4x4 but please tell me that I can find it cheaper!



Chellshocked
I don't pea as much as I used to.

PeaNut 357,522
January 2008
Posts: 8,785
Layouts: 9
Loc: PA

Posted: 7/18/2009 7:45:42 PM
How thick was it, that sounds way too expensive. I bought a 3x4 piece a couple years ago for like $35


In my next life I want to be a photographer..
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 40D, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8 macro, 15mm 2.8 Fisheye, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 IS 2.8L, 28-135mm IS 3.5 -5.6, Tamron 28-300 3.5-6.3 XR Di IF, My Blog POTD | The General Store | The General Store facebook fan page | My website | My Facebook Fan Page | Zobbie's Photo tips

StephanyPhotos
BucketHead

PeaNut 275,093
September 2006
Posts: 874
Layouts: 45

Posted: 7/18/2009 7:59:37 PM
sorry for bothering you, but what is the use of the plexiglass? I always here the smash the cake session, what is that? when you are done, I hope you can post the pictures because I am so curious! thank you!


Stephany
My website, Please visit me!
The Grapevine

Portfolio Building Note

Tutorial/Freebies/Template/Brushes

PROMOTED--Canon 30D
Canon Rebel XTi(I love my Battery Grip!)
Tamron 70MM--Love this!
50mm F/1.8
55mm F/5.6
85MM F/1.8
Speedlite 580EX

In Focus
Wishing I was in Ireland

PeaNut 227,405
October 2005
Posts: 9,597
Layouts: 75
Loc: Minneapolis, MN

Posted: 7/18/2009 8:36:43 PM
Plexiglass is often used by placing it over the backdrop or background paper to create a slight reflection, and to keep the backdrop from shifting. It also helps if your backdrop is over carpeting, which sinks under the weight of a chair or stool. The added befit is it makes cleaning up a smash the cake session a cinch!

I went to Lowe's and found a 3'x 4', 1/4" thick piece and it was $60. I thought that was way too expensive. I didn't get it.


Barbie


"All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke




HeatherL1975
PeaAddict

PeaNut 304,255
March 2007
Posts: 1,875
Layouts: 29
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 7/18/2009 9:42:27 PM
My husband got my piece at Hobby Lobby. I think they have to order it, but I can double check with him when he gets home from work. Im not sure about the price either. Mine is fairly thin, but works great!!
It makes smash the cake a breeze too.


H.

twkelly
Camera JunkPea

PeaNut 294,029
January 2007
Posts: 17,322
Layouts: 0
Loc: Michigan

Posted: 7/18/2009 9:45:49 PM
Mine is 4x6 I believe and it cost me about $70 at Home Depot.

Funny thing is, I did the 'smash the cake' for my GS out in the back yard on the grass!


Theresa Kelly
http://theresak.smugmug.com/
Trying desperately to get control of my renegade caps lock button!

kilby44
PeaNut

PeaNut 398,370
November 2008
Posts: 396
Layouts: 0
Loc: Eastern Shore of MD

Posted: 7/18/2009 9:57:17 PM
thanks everyone! I am fine with paying about 60 for it but NO WAY am I paying $300!

stephany-smash the cake is a session (usually for 1 year old) where you pretty much sit them on your background, put a cake in front of them & let them go to town while you take photos. if you google it you should find some really cute stuff. this will be my first and supposedly this kid is a MANIAC! should be fun



Free~Bird
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now

PeaNut 104,551
September 2003
Posts: 11,560
Layouts: 3
Loc: Missouri

Posted: 7/18/2009 10:52:58 PM
I used to sell glass for a living. Call a glass shop in the yellow pages. Look for one that sells auto and flat glass, they probably don't do a lot of flat, so they'll work with you on cost. Around here, we always dickered on price too, so you might tell them that "$40 was my budget) if they tell you it's $55, etc.


*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

My paintings on etsy:
Cease Watercolor Arts - Coupon code: imapea - 20% off for Peas!!



My Photography website and blog:
Cease Fire Studios

shantel7
To pea or not to pea that is the question.

PeaNut 355,331
January 2008
Posts: 11,547
Layouts: 89
Loc: utah

Posted: 7/18/2009 11:12:01 PM
I got a good sized piece that fits on my table, over the paper, and it was only $25 at Home Depot. It is a great size for smash the cake pics.


Shantel
Nikon D90
Nikon D50
50 mm 1.8
Nikon fisheye 10.5
Nikon 85 mm/1.8
Tamron 17-50 mm/2.8
18-55 mm
70-300 mm
SB800
My blog: Whatever
My Etsy: My Etsy

Jst*anothr*pea
BucketHead

PeaNut 215,287
July 2005
Posts: 991
Layouts: 2

Posted: 7/19/2009 12:42:41 AM
I got a small piece from Ace hardware store for $5.00, but I am not sure if that's the same plexiglass mentioned here.

morganfam7
PeaNut

PeaNut 137,890
March 2004
Posts: 458
Layouts: 46
Loc: DFW TX

Posted: 7/19/2009 1:41:52 AM
Take a look at this one:

smash


Marcy (MWAC)
Canon
blog
Post Reply . Post New TopicShow/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}