How to Make a Homemade Redscale


Want to turn your color film into a redscale one? In less than two minutes you can turn your roll into one!

For transformation of the spool, here are the requirements:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A roll of color negative
  • An empty roll

For starters, make sure the empty spool still has a few inches of film out of the housing. With one or two centimeters, it should be enough film. If you have empty rolls at home, you can use them. If not, you can order from your usual lab. You’ll probably get a lot.

Take the new roll, and with scissors, cut the narrow part of the film..

Put two rolls on the table as indicated in the photos. Thus with the roll you will see that one of the rolls is reversed to the other. You will see the dark side of one of them matches the lightest part of the other.

Now just connect the two reels of film with a bit of tape. Make sure the tape is well stuck to the film to avoid brown fuss. Pay special attention to this step if you are using a camera feed and automatic rewind and want to keep the film off of the housing … (I tell you from experience hee hee hee)

Join a completely dark room and rolled the film into housing that was empty. Presto! Already have turned the film!

Cut with scissors to separate the two film reels. If you leave an inch of film on the reel which is now empty, it will serve to make your next redscale.

To finish your film cuts redscale home for the tab to load the film in the camera.

Here’s a sample of some photos taken with homemade redscale film.

What if a roll spin tests used and shot again? Here are some examples:

I hope I have been helpful!

written by sibux on 2012-10-18 in #gear #tipster #redscale #home #homemade #diy #film #color #tipster
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  1. kostas
    kostas ·

    very helpful and clever...

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    I am going to try this right now :)

  3. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    Just did the process, cant wait to try it out.

  4. sibux
    sibux ·

    @kostas thanks :)
    @110isnotdead I am glad that the tipster was useful for you. I wanna see the photos :)

  5. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @sibux Im gonna try it out today, hopefully should have them up by the weekend :)

  6. phalanx
    phalanx ·

    The doubles in the last set are awesome!

  7. sibux
    sibux ·

    A lot of thanks @phatanx :)

  8. sw
    sw ·

    I don't quite get how this works. You roll film into another roll of film... Doesn't that just make it so that you get twice as many exposures?

  9. sw
    sw ·

    OH - I get it now. You just flipped the film around!

  10. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I love to make my own redscale too. I do it by pulling out the whole negative, doing a little fold, and taping it before winding it back in.
    This way sounds very good but I get paranoid the tape might come undone. Lol

  11. marieta
    marieta ·

    :-) It's a fantastic tipster, I want to use it!!

  12. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    Here are my results-… Thanks again for the tip :)))

  13. dewitiara
    dewitiara ·

    I love the photo of the shadow opening the door!!!

  14. af-capture
    af-capture ·


  15. airman123
    airman123 ·

    I love this idea.

  16. tomsled
    tomsled ·

    this looks great but i don't get it, if you flip the film over wont the paper backing of the film stop the light getting to the film, also is the film you use already exposed so you get the doubles? sorry if this is a dumb question!

  17. eugenionesta
    eugenionesta ·

    The negative is stuck inside the empty roll! :(

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