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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kodachrome Curtains - Updated! Now with lampy goodness! on: February 14, 2010 11:24:32 AM
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... Smiley

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.  Smiley

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:

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Camera makeover! on: January 16, 2009 06:12:28 PM
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!).  Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / DIY Color Film Developing (extremely pic heavy!) on: January 07, 2009 09:21:49 PM
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! Smiley )- 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.  Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More Adventures in Photography! (lots of pics, as befits the topic :) on: December 15, 2008 02:11:54 PM
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!  Smiley  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.  Smiley

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Photo dump (pics galore!) on: December 08, 2008 06:35:32 AM
It's been a while since I've had anything of interest going on, photowise, so here's a backlog of random goodness.  We took a vacation in Wisconsin in October, and here are some pics from that:

Those were all taken with my Nikon D40.  Love the Nikon!

Here are some others, taken with this camera:

(The film I used was old crunchy Ilford PanF Safety film that we found at an antique store.  The backing paper left ghost images on the film!)

Taken with this camera...

And taken with a Brownie Hawkeye, using a red filter and some Ilford SFX 200 film (which is infrared-y!):

The black and white photos were all developed by me, and since I don't have a proper negative scanner, I'm either scanning them in on my flatbed (and that's what gives me a lot of the dust speckles) or holding them up to the computer monitor and taking a picture of the negative with my D40 (which gives me a screen and a little blurriness).  So, the pics look slightly better in real life than they do here.  Smiley

Also, here's a picture from an old (probably 40+ years) roll of film.  It was in one of my Brownie Hawkeyes when I bought it, and when I gave color processing a go earlier this year, I tried developing the film.  Here's what the negative looks like:

My scanner couldn't read this at all, so I had to do the thing where I held it up to the monitor and took a picture of it (hence, the screening and blurriness).  However, when I threw it into photoshop, inverted it, and normalized the cyan, here's the results I got:

Actual color!  From a 40 year old negative!  I was so excited I squeed all over myself.  Smiley  Squee!!  Very excited about this, and it gives me hope for my next round of trying to recover images from old negatives.

6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / A few new weaving projects on: December 02, 2008 11:10:29 AM
So, this summer I put this insanely long warp on my loom, with the intention of weaving a really long piece of fabric using some handdyed alpaca yarn.  Of course, I instantly got bored with it and set it aside until a few days ago.  Sick of having my loom occupied with this stupid project, I decided to go ahead and finish weaving with the weft that was loaded onto my shuttle.  So, I did that, and wound up with a wrap sized piece of fabric.  I forgot to measure it, but it's probably about 18 inches wide or so.

After I finished up with my alpaca yarn, I still had a ridiculously long chunk of warp left.  So, I got out some handdyed yarn samples I dyed a long time ago, when I was first experimenting with dyeing yarn.  The yarn is all various Henry's Attic yarns, from cotton to rayon to silk, alpaca, wool, etc.  I tied a bunch of the samples end to end, and then started weaving with that.  I wove until I used up the rest of the warp.  Here's the end result:

You can see in that last pic that I didn't get nice straight edges like I did with the alpaca, but I assume that that's because I was using so many different varieties of yarn.  Anyway, it's all good.  I really adore the way this came out (and I quite like the alpaca one, too!).  It was a lot of good food for my ADD soul to be incorporating so many different types of yarn into one piece.  It was also nice to be able to put these samples to good use.  I have a lot more of them, too, so I see more crazy yarn sample weaving in my future!

Oh, just in case anyone cares, these were both woven in plain weave on my 32" Ashford rigid heddle.  I just love plain weave.  It makes all my fancy, loud, obnoxious yarns happy.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 7-25-08 - Tour de Whoops! Edition on: July 25, 2008 05:01:56 AM
Um, yeah.  I fell off the Tour de Fleece.  Oh well.  I have been spinning, though, and here's what I've got for this week's Fiber Friday:

Corespun Locky yarn - Corespun and spun from locks! Hence the name!  Smiley

Battacular - Travis and I got to play with a drum carder a few weeks ago, and here's one of the yarns I spun up from some of the batts (115 yards and 11.7 ounces for the two skeins):

Tropic of Cancer - this was the first time I dyed and spun bamboo!  7 ounces, 242 yards.

And Beachybun, a 4 ounces merino superwash singly ply spun from some Lovesticks roving:

Yay for spinning, albeit not so much with the whole organized event thing.  Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / O-Loom-Pics Weavealong! on: June 17, 2008 10:29:36 AM
So, through a discussion on Ravelry, and inspired by knitwit's awesome Tour de Fleece for spinning, theyarnyard and I have decided to start the O-Loom-Pics, where weavers can challenge themselves to weave during the summer Olympics.  There are no set rules or anything (mainly because we just thought of this a few hours ago and are all, 'Hey!  This sounds like fun!') - basically, it's a good time to set some weaving goals for yourself and be cheered on in a supportive environment.

Anyway, we've got a group set up on Ravelry here:  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-o-loom-pic-weave-along

And a Flickr group here:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/oloompics/

I thought I would bring it up here, especially if people aren't on Ravelry or are planning on weaving with non-yarn materials.

Like I said, there aren't any rules - you can weave whatever you like, with whatever type of loom or materials.  The goal is to challenge yourself, and to explore weaving.  I'm planning on weaving with a bunch of handspun I'll (hopefully!) have spun up during the Tour de Fleece.  I'll post any further here news as soon as there's any to be had.  Smiley
9  COOKING / Dessert / S'more Banana Scallops on: June 16, 2008 01:16:26 PM
Hi, cooking people!  /waves.  I hardly ever get over into this part of Craftster except to ooh and ahh at everyone else's food (is it just me, or has the cupcake world gone crazy lately?!), but I made something pretty nummy so I thought I'd share.

I'd been watching Top Chef this season, and when my dad came to visit me this past weekend, we decided to try to replicate Richard's banana scallops.  I wound up making these 4 times in 4 days, improving on them every time.  They've kind of morphed into something else besides the basic banana scallop that Richard made.

Basically, I cut a banana up into chunks about 1 - 1 1/2" thick.  Then I dipped these in orangecello (an orange liquor) and then into finely crushed graham cracker crumbs.  I placed them on a cookie sheet and then topped each banana scallop with a wee bit of muscovado sugar.  I smashed the sugar down into a thin layer, and then added a 1/4" slice of chocolate marshmallows on top of some of the bananas (some I just left with the sugar topping and no marshmallows).  After this, I either charred the tops with a torch - we had to use a propane torch since we don't have a little kitchen one - or threw the bananas into the toaster oven on broil until the tops were crispy.

Here's the result:

The recipe proper is posted here:  http://yarnzombie.net/craft/?p=90, but there's a lot of room for playing around and making up something really tasty using a similar idea.  All I know is that banana + marshmallow + caramelized sugar = love.  Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Bally Ho! scarf (from fiber to FO!) on: June 02, 2008 12:38:27 PM
First, I combed up some roving balls of a bunch of different hand dyed fibers (they had wool, viscose, ramie, silk noils, soy silk, sparkle, alpaca, nylon, and mohair in them).

Then I made yarn!

It's a corespun handspun, which means it was crazy light and fluffy.  There were mohair locks and noils and other weirdness sticking out all over the place, too.

Yesterday, Travis and I put a ridiculously long warp on the loom and I started weaving.  After about 3 hours, I was like, "I don't care how long it is, I'm done."  The finished scarf turned out being 6" wide by over 9' long.

(Notice in the above picture, I'm rocking my dyeing clothes.  I normally don't wear glam disco scarves before embarking on a big dye day)

The scarf, being 12 million feet long, is kind of hard to photograph at once, but you can kind of get the essence of it from these pics:

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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