How to Make a Tracing Machine

By Brandy Alexander
Now you can draw accurate copies.

Building a homemade tracing box is probably easier than you think. With this device you can make accurate reproductions of other pictures or print media. With added light shining through your tracing machine, you will clearly see the image you want to copy, and with a steady hand, copy it perfectly. With a few common household items, your tracing machine is just a few minutes away.

Remove the piece of glass from the picture frame.

Nail through the side of the picture frame into the slanted 20-inch side of one of the triangles. Nail the other side of the frame to the other triangle. Mounting your picture frame to the two triangles like this provides a nicely angled work surface.

Replace the glass pane into the picture frame.

Place the light bulb under the glass of the picture frame that is elevated by the two plywood triangles. Turn on the bulb and place the picture you wish to copy onto the glass with tracing paper on top of it. The light will illuminate the image you are copying through the tracing paper. Trace the picture as you like.

Tip

Photocopy images on thick paper onto regular paper before attempting tracing.

About the Author

Brandy Alexander began writing professionally in 1993. She has years of experience as a professional of the English language employed with the "Cape Times" and "The Mercury." Alexander holds a master's degree in English literature from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.