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Arts & Crafts With Photography Film

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Like many professional and amateur photographers I still shoot film and eventually end up with several rolls of film or positives (slides) that I no longer have a use for.

Recently I saw some very creative home decoration ideas using old film and decided that I would give it a try.

I got some old positive film slides, since they are in color and show exactly the colors of the images, and started pasting them onto a window frame which gets lots of sunshine and the results were quite pleasing.

Once the Sun hits the window the images are then reflected onto a wall and onto several pieces of furniture imparting them with "rainbow like" hues.

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"In photography, a reversal film is a type of photographic film that produces a positive image on a transparent base. The film is processed to produce transparencies or diapositives (abbreviated as diafilm in many countries) instead of negatives and prints. Reversal film is produced in various sizes, from 35 mm roll film to 8×10 inch sheet film.

A slide is a specially mounted individual transparency intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector. This allows the photograph to be viewed by a large audience at once. The most common form is the 35 mm slide, with the image framed in a 2×2 inch cardboard or plastic mount. Some specialized labs produce photographic slides from digital camera images in formats such asJPEG, from computer-generated presentation graphics, and from a wide variety of physical source material such as fingerprints, microscopic sections, paper documents, astronomical images, etc.

Reversal film is sometimes used as motion picture film, mostly in the 16 mm, Super 8 and 8 mm "cine" formats, to yield a positive image on the camera original. This avoids the expense of using negative film, which requires additional film and processing to create a positive film print for projection." Wikipedia

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One of the most interesting projects which feature old film is creating a lampshade from recycled positives.

Get a clear or translucent lamp shade and affix film strips around the perimeter of the lamp shade.

Use the film strips or single frames as if they were a picture and mount on a regular picture frame. Use single frames as earrings. Use the film plastic holding canisters (with the film) as light covers.

Use film rolls (metal,exposed or otherwise), place next to each other and in rows, use as you would a regular picture and mount on a frame. Use film strips as ribbons for holiday gifts and the list goes on.

However by far the most attractive use that I have seen is to use them in a way in which light can be used to your advantage as in the case of lamp shades or light covers.

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Use care when attaching the film strips or mounted/un-mounted slides. Glue only the ends with a good strong clear glue so that it wont be as visible when exposed to light or better yet, string the ends of the strips together.

If you have lots of patience and plenty (I really mean plenty!) of negative film strips or positive uncut film, you can even create a film canister/waste basket etc. Interweave the film strips up and down and top to bottom. I have never done this but here is a good link to such a project.

Keep in mind that the beauty about this project is to use use (exposed) film that you no longer want.

But you can also do a photo shoot featuring subjects or colors that you want to display on a lamp, like for example if you wanted to display a lamp shade with mostly red hues then your subject selection will be about red things and this is when you would purposely expose film for such colors/subjects.

There is is no point in using un-exposed film since it just looks like almost clear to amber plastic.

With that in mind be very selective in what film you use.The film will probably not be "photo" usable afterwards so if you choose some that you may want to use later or change your mind about, remember that it may be too late.

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© 2014 Luis E Gonzalez


Santhosh on December 26, 2017:

Sir I need this product ..can you please say the costs

Luis E Gonzalez (author) from Miami, Florida on March 12, 2014:

Ericdierker: LOL.......thanks

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 11, 2014:

You guys (photographers) are so cool. This is really neato. I just loved this. I am sharing it privately with many.

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