Hey Teva! I would do one of two things if I were you - hunt out some old slides at antique stores, or even more easily ebay (there are a TON of old slides up for sale there) and use those, or buy a cheap plastic 35mm camera at a thrift store (I can find them around me for between 50 cents to $2) and some new rolls of slide film. If you just want to make a lamp or a small project, you can get by with 1 roll of 36 exposure slide film. You don't need Kodachrome, which Kodak has actually stopped making. Kodak produces slide film under the names Ektachrome and Elitechrome, and Fuji has a bunch of different slide films available too (Velvia and Provia come to mind). If you're shooting new slide film in a cheap plastic camera in daytime, I'd stick with 100 or 200 speed film.
If you're making a bigger project, it'll be less expensive to buy a selection of someone else's slides. There's seriously a huge amount of slides for sale on ebay, and a lot of the auctions wind up going for prices that are reasonable.
Incidentally, Travis and I made another lamp out of film he shot and we had developed at Walmart (I'm anti-Walmart, but they're the only place around me that will send out slide film to be developed - I develop a lot of slide film at home, but I don't have the little cardboard mounts that surround the film).
The interior is just a Ball jar filled with a tiny strand of LED lights.
I posted a lamp tutorial on my blog here: http://goo.gl/83Zz It's basically what I said in the original post about the lamp, but with some cutting instructions and such. I hope that's okay to post a link to!
So, it's been a while since I've made anything Craftster-worthy, but my husband and I busted out the Dremel tool a few days ago and we made this:
It's a pair of curtains made out of old Kodachrome slides! I'm really interested in photography, and will buy old cameras in antique and thrift stores in order to develop film that's inside of it. From time to time, I'll find collections of old slides and will buy those, too. Last fall, driving back from vacation, we stopped at an antique store outside of Kansas City and I found a box of a ton of old slides, mostly Kodachrome, from the 50s and 60s.
I hate the idea that these pictures would just be resigned to the garbage or something, and wanted to display them (besides just scanning them in and putting them on Flickr - here's a link to my old found negative/slide collection, though, if you want to check that out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yarnzombie/sets/72157607000475373/ ). So, why not make them into a curtain?
Travis has this neat drill press set up for the Dremel tool, so he taped a cardboard jig to it and started drilling all of the little holes.
Then I connected them all together with chainmail rings.
Each panel is made up of 114 slides. They're connected on top by rings with those little grippy claw things on them. They're really easy to open and close, and provide privacy and look really neat at the same time.
The only thing I'm not sure about is how long the Kodachrome slides will last in sunlight without fading. The bottom half of the curtains especially will receive direct sunlight, but I figure if any of them start fading a ton, I can just replace them with other slides.
But it does make pretty patterns in the sunlight...
Thanks for looking!
eta - Had some slides left over from the curtain, so decided to put those to good use, too. I started by taping little pieces of paper to one side of the slide...
...and then taping the slides together to make panels - 4 panels of 2 slides by 3 slides, and 1 panel of 2 by 2 slides.
Then Travis (Lufahsman here on Craftster) got some square 1/4" dowel rods and cut them into 4 lengths of 6 1/4" and 8 lengths of 3 1/2". Who even knew they made square dowel rods? Not me. Anyway, I glued them onto the edges of the slide panels, leaving 1/4" hanging off of the bottom for feet. Sorry I didn't get a pic of this part. I got excited.
Travis also happens to make very cool lamps using old glass insulators, thrifted power supplies, and LEDs. He made one the other day with two LED bulbs in it. (Here's a link to one of Travis' posts about making the LED lamps: http://yarnzombie.net/Travis/?p=146 )
The little Kodachrome lamp shell was just big enough to sit on top of it!
And, here's what it looks like in the dark, being a lamp:
Holy crap, Pink Hickey, your adventures in spinning are full of awesome!! I feel like I've just been gobsmacked. With yarn. Yarnsmacked.
I've only got one skein, since I really haven't been spinning much at all recently - I got into this mode of being very productive making things to sell, and not so much on being productive on making things for me. I'm working on fixing this. Anyway, I've got this one skein, Goin' Rogue (because Sarah Palin still makes me laugh). The fiber was combed together from wool, sari silk, bamboo, milk protein fiber, and a ton of sparkle. I corespun it using a fuzzy mohair yarn as the core. About 4.5 oz, 72 yards.
I won an eBay auction last week of a lot of old cameras, and in it was this little gem:
I took it out of the box without thinking - it had been delivered in about 10 degree temperatures, and the leatherette, already in bad shape, just started flaking off everywhere. The worst was this side:
Yeah, you really shouldn't be able to see that seam in the metal and the screws and stuff.
My first thought was to replace the leatherette with actual leather, but unfortunately, all of the pieces I had were too thick and looked weird. So, after delving further into my fabric stash, I dug out a piece of old brown vinyl which seemed like it would work. Some cutting and Gorrilla Glue later, here's what I had:
The job isn't quite as neat as I would have liked - I tried to make templates from the flaked off pieces of leatherette, but there were areas where I just had to kind of guess how to cut it. However, from a few feet away it looks really sharp, and now I can actually use the camera without worrying about pieces flaking off of it. Not too sure how the Gorrilla Glue is going to hold up, but if I ever need to replace the vinyl, I have some other ideas in mind to try using (one involves cut-up bumperstickers!).
Hey, FairyFemme - apparently you and I are sharing the same mind grapes. I tried developing color film in black and white chems for the first time today. I used some Portra 160NC that was on a 220 spool, so I cut off a length of that and respooled it on 116 backing paper, since I was using one of my old box cameras, the Agfa Shur Shot (it's the one in the middle):
It's neat because you get sort of panorama pictures with it. Anyway, I developed the film as usual using Kodak HC110b as my developer at around 66 degrees for 7 minutes, then stop bath and fix as usual. When I took the reel out when I was washing it off after the fixer, the film looked opaque brown and I thought I had done something wrong. It turns out that the film is just really, really dark when you do this (at least when I did it), so if yours turns out that way, don't freak out. I couldn't even tell there were images on it until I hung the film up to dry. My film scanned in with no problem, though - I think if you have a halfway decent film scanner and scan the film in as a color negative, it should be fine.
Here's one of my pics. The only adjustment I made in Photoshop was to resize it and get rid of some hairs (I am the world's sloppiest photo-person):
Thanks everyone! The vignetting/porthole effect effect probably appears because something is blocking the light from hitting the corners - in the case of this particular camera (the minty green Savoy), there's a little circle of plastic that sticks out around the lens. I guess the vignetting effect would come from this.
Schnauzie, I've been playing with Polaroids, too! I recently found some expired Polaroid film at a flea market for $4 a pack, and shot up some of it last week. It was really cold outside when I took the pictures, so I think that plus the fact that the film was expired made the colors go all wonky. I really like the effect!
So, this Sunday, I went nuts and developed 9 rolls of color film. I'm using a C-41 kit from Freestyle, and had mixed up half of it in September. Unfortunately, the color chems go bad really quick once they're exposed to air, so I had to mix up the other half to do my current batch of developing.
Color developing is actually easier than black and white. There are fewer steps, and it goes quicker. The only real challenge is keeping the chems at the proper temp (around 102 degrees). What I did was keep the chems in 500 ml bottles (used Lipton Green Tea bottles, actually) and set those in a small Igloo cooler that I had filled with water, and then put in a cheap ($8) aquarium heater to keep the temps stable. It worked really well.
So, here are some of the results!
These two were shot by my husband using an old Kowa 35mm. I have no idea why my colors turned out all 60s, but I like it:
These were shot in my Excell Pinhole camera (a cheap plastic 35mm camera I got from Goodwill and then converted into a pinhole):
The rest of the pics were shot using 120 film. Well, except for this, which was shot using 220. 220 is the same as 120 film, instead of having a backing paper with frame numbers on it, it is just film. It's designed to work with cameras with an automatic film advance. Those cameras are fancy, and I don't have one, so I tried to use it in an old Ansco box camera with electrical tape covering up the frame window. It didn't exactly work.
I love my big pink dot!
Here's a fairly normal picture - nothing weird going on with this one!
Then I did a bunch of cross processing. Cross processing is when you develop film in chemicals that they're not supposed to be developed in. My chemicals are for the C-41 process, so I shot some slide film that's supposed to be developed in E-6 chems and developed it in C-41.
Those pics were done with the same type of film, E100SW. I just recently scored a batch of new (expired) slide film on eBay, though, so I shot a roll from that batch as a test through my new minty green camera, the Savoy.
I got an entirely different tint to my cross processing that I really like! Plus, the camera takes slightly distorted and vignette-y pictures, which is awesome.
So, anyway, that's all I've got for right now. I'm going to try and develop another few more rolls tomorrow if my chems haven't gone bad already. I've got a bunch of old color film that I need to try to develop (Hi, frabjous! )- I'm going to run one as a tester, and if that goes bad, I'll just abort and try to develop them in black and white chemistry, which is the recommended way to develop old, old, old film. Wish me luck.
I'm all "Woo! Photography!" right now, so here's some of the latest goodies.
First of all, I found these two cameras at an antique mall, and spent way more than I normally do on them, especially considering that neither came with film inside. The first one, the Argoflex, was about $35, but the reason I got it is because it can focus! I can actually shoot pictures with depth of field to them!
It needed a little repair work, and it has a shoelace in place of a strap. Which, actually, is kind of cool.
The second camera was $16, and is an old, old (circa 1910s, I think) Kodak Brownie No. 3 Model B box camera. It is gigantic.
I bought it with the thought that I might be able to shoot 4x5 sheet film in it. And, behold! 4x5 film fits perfectly in this! Score!
Took these two and some other cameras out for a few days and then had an uber developing fiesta. It's a lot less exciting than it sounds. Lots of standing around my kitchen, staring at a timer.
First of all, the results of the 4x5 Brownie experiment:
I can't see through the viewfinder of the camera at all, so I just had to guess what the picture was going to look like when I was taking it. Pretty excited about this, though. Looking forward to shooting more with this!
Here's a few pics taken with the Argoflex:
Depth of field! Hooray!
The above pic shows my husband gamely taking pictures with the Kodak Dualflex II. I hadn't tried out this camera, and I have a bunch of mystery 35mm film on a bulk spool that I wanted to shoot a sample of this and develop (so I could tell what kind of film it was. I taped the 35mm film to some 120 backing paper, spooled it onto a 620 spool, and gave it to Travis. Here's one of his pictures:
Turns out the film is Kodak TMax, and it still works! Hooray! Also, I heart sprocket holes.
A couple of pics I took in Cleveland using my Brownie Twin 20:
Got the nerve up to develop a roll of 47 year old 127 film that I shot when I was on vacation. The negatives were so fogged that this was the best image I could get, even when holding the negatives up to my monitor to take pics of them:
Then, I developed some rolls of film I had laying around that I recovered from junk store cameras. This is always stressful, but I managed to get a few pics per roll to develop, which is better than nothing!
My favorite found picture that came out was this one:
(The things in the sky aren't UFOs, they're reflections of my Christmas lights since I held the negative up to the monitor to photograph it). The other picture on this roll of film was this one:
The camera was an Agfa Shur Shot, and the film was 116 Kodak Verichrome Pan. I'm guessing the film is probably from the 60s?
The other roll of film I developed was 620, but had absolutely no identifying characteristics on the backing paper.
I didn't know whether it was color or black and white or what. So I just took a wild guess and threw it in the black and white chems. I was able to get two images off of the film, which turned out being something called Kodak Aerecon. After doing a little research on it, I found out that Kodak Aerecon was used primarily for taking photos out of aircraft! Which, of course, makes perfect sense, when you consider what the pictures turned out to be of:
Yep. That's right. White Castle. When I realized what I was looking at, I cracked up. Best found pictures EVAH! White Castle has been around since 1921, the camera it was in, the Ansco Readyflash, was made in the 50s, so your guess is as good as mine as to when they were taken.
One more pic, taken with my digital camera, just because I like it.
Hey, Frabjous, definitely do not give up on the old film! That's historic gold! Let me know what type of film it is, and maybe I could give you some advice with it. Or, heck, if no one else wants to touch it, I'll give it a shot. I've developed a few rolls of old film now, and it's really exciting. I've had a few rolls where most of the frames are gone, but I've been able to get a few images from the roll. This was from a roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan that I found in a Kodak Bulls-Eye camera:
It's not the best picture (and the scan of it makes it even worse), but still, you can see it's a little spaniel out in the snow!
I had better luck with this roll, 35mm Kodak Plus X Pan. I got this roll of negatives off eBay:
This roll of film was between 45-50 years old, the best I could figure.