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« on: July 03, 2009 08:48:03 AM »

Sneak Peek!

The lamp unlit.

The lamp when lit. Oooo.

This little project was thrown together in desperation for my Alternative Processes class. On the day that it was due, I somehow found myself with almost $200 worth of Polaroid stock both old and new and no working cameras to use. Fortunately, a friend brought by her relatively new camera and since I'd bought out the very last of Walmart's stock the day before, I was able to cobble this together in about an hour.

First, I took my polaroids and tossed them in the freezer while they were still developing and left them in for a few minutes. Then, out of the freezer and into a pan of almost-boiling water. Both of these processes cause a bit of color distortion, so timing is really up to you...when you've got the effect you want, take them out of the water and dry them off.

Detail to show the pretty color distortion. Blues are bluer and reds are redder thanks to cooling and heating the image while it's still developing.

Now, cut along the edges of the Polaroid so you get rid of all of the white border. You should be able to peel the layers of the Polaroid apart so you're left with the transparency, which is the top layer.

There should be a powder on the back of the transparency. I washed most of this off with hot water (using the same pot I'd boiled them in, which almost caused my BF to break up with me*). The more you wash off, the more light will shine through, but be gentle, too much will cause you to lose your image. I also gently scraped the back of the image with a scrubby sponge. Again, this is all based on your tastes, so feel free to experiment. Another guy in my class left the powdery film on and etched into it with a pin with amazing results. He etched halos around his subjects' heads that were only visible when he turned his light box on.

This one shows the scratches made by the sponge to the back of the polaroid.

Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the light box...it was a silly Target lamp I've had since high school. You were able to switch the transparencies out so it could say "Occupied," "Lounge" etc...I just glued the polaroid transparencies to the back piece. I used hot glue, which was a big fail, since they're starting to come loose.

*If you're going to boil Polaroids, I recommend not using the pot your BF uses to make his favorite food, Velveeta Shells and Cheese. If you go ahead and use said pot, I REALLY recommend washing it thoroughly afterward. If you DON'T wash it thoroughly afterward, I recommend warning BF not to use said pot, preferably sometime before a Shells-and-Cheese-loaded fork is heading toward his mouth. Extra rage may occur if you actually helped him make the Shells and Cheese without once mentioning that you'd poisoned his cookware.  Undecided
« Last Edit: July 03, 2009 02:10:06 PM by abandonedcouch » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2009 08:57:53 AM »

HAHAHAHAHHAAA!!! awww... I hope everything with BF is okay now.

And your project is awesome.  I loove playing around with Polaroids, and I've never thought of boiling/freezing them! Soo cool!  Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2009 11:18:09 AM »


BF has enacted a strict No Crafting In The Kitchen rule and regards the lamp with suspicion. Otherwise, he's gotten over his brush with death.

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2009 08:31:58 AM »

thats very pretty! 

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009 10:01:29 PM »

This is by far the best submission I've seen. I was going to participate in this competition, however didn't because I couldn't think of anything that was what I like to call "Outside of the box". But this caught my eye. I'm obsessed with polaroids.

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2009 11:33:47 PM »

HAHAHAHA! Thats a gr8 story. I love your light box. I will have to try that sometime.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2009 01:25:56 AM »

OOooh I want one (or two - both bedsides)  Wink
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2009 12:45:06 PM »

 ;DAwesome Grin Maybe making the next batch of pasta will help you out?

This is a really cool effect. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009 05:17:51 AM »

oooooh this is cool!

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2009 11:53:29 PM »

Love it, love it!  Cheesy

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