Roll Out Fun with Polaroid

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All out of Polaroid Time Zero film? Get creative with Polaroid 600 film! I know its tight times for Polaroid lovers but with future prospects looking good for new film. Maybe its time to have a little fun with your film stash!

  • What you will need:
  • Xacto knife, can be any kind of craft knife or small blade
  • Tape(electrical or clear)
  • Polaroid camera that takes 600 film

The process is pretty simple. If you are familiar with the way Polaroid cameras work. You will know that the film is developed by the camera pushing the film through rollers. These roll out the chemicals stored inside the Polaroid print , which produce your photo. So the key to having fun with 600 film is to tinker around with the rollers on your camera!

There are plenty of ways to do this. But I have found that the easiest and least destructive way to make interesting prints is to simply cut out shapes in tape and place them on the rollers. Cut out small shapes from either electrical tape or plain clear tape and stick them to the roller inside your camera. Since electrical tape is thicker than regular one it will leave definite brown spots where the Polaroid chemicals rolled passed. Also it has a chance it leave discoloration spots in your print while using clear tape on the other hand will give less of a mark on the film.

Things to remember:

  • Putting too much tape on one end of the roller may make it roll out uneven. so try to space them out.
  • If you have specific shapes or letters put them upside down on the roller closest to you. other wise they will print upside down on the photo.
  • If you have film in the camera while you are putting tape on the rollers do so in dim light.(light leaks on Polaroids are white and cloudy)
  • Also when opening a Polaroid camera with film inside, remember to either place an old print or the black protector back in the film cartridge because it might spit out a print when you close the door.

And of course, have fun!

written by chikapop on 2009-11-27 in #gear #tipster #600-film #quickie-tipster #tipster #rollers #polaroid #manipulation #tape

8 Comments

  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Really great idea. This never even crossed my mind that you could do this. I like writing on my polaroids right when they come out with a pen cap and it makes yellowish lines, but this is a while new crazy method. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for Polaroids (Under a different brand name) to be back out on the market again early next year.

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    im a new proud owner of a polaroid camera, and what a lovely treat to see a polaroid tipster =) great job!!

  3. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    cool!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    SO smart ! Super results !

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    That's a great idea, and I didn't thought that this kind of thing was possible! thanks for this tipster!! :))

  6. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    nice! great cat pix too!

  7. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    xmas wishlist - a polaroid SX70. anyone?

  8. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    thanks for sharing!

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