Tipster of the Week: Melt That Plastic in Your Camera!


How to make beautiful borders for your Diana pictures with just a few pices of plastic, tape, and a lighter!

Do you remember this little square masks to put in your Diana for different picture sizes? After I realized that I get the most beautiful vignettes without them, I stopped using them. But after browsing on the Diana microsite, and after getting inspired by some beautiful mask modifications from other Lomographers, I started to try my own experiments.

I obtained great results with a very simple modification. For trying it, you just need:
- a Diana mask (4,2 × 4,2 cm or 5,2 × 5,2 cm)
- some pieces of cling film (that plastic foil that is used in the kitchen)
- a cigarette lighter
- some tape

Please excuse the bad quality of the pictures describing the process, my girlfriend took them with her mobile phone as I have no digital camera ;)

Cut square pieces of the cling film in the size of the plastic mask. Start to fix the first foil with some little pices of tape at the mask. Now you have to hold the lighter around 30 centimeter under the foil, light it, you can slowly reduce the distance, but be carefull! When it starts melting in the middle, it really melts fast!
When you are not satisfied with the reult as it is, put another piece of cling film, and do the same. If its still not enough for you (as most of it goes away when heating), put another one.

I think I heated three or four pieces of cling film, before I used the mask. Here are the results:

Camera: Diana F+, Film: Fujifilm ASTIA 100 expired

This is just one proposal for a mask experiment, feel free to vary it and to use it for other cameras, with other materials and other types of film!

written by shoujoai on 2010-07-04 in #gear #tipster #foil #cling-wrap #mask #masks #experiment #modification #heating #cling-film #medium-format #tipster-of-the-week #tipster #heat #transparent #diana


  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    This is great! Like something from a 90s grunge music video!

  2. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·


  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    someone that used this technique by itself

  4. emilios
    emilios ·

    great one!!

  5. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    wow, this tipster definitely rocks, girl! Thanks for sharing!

  6. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very creative and charming fotos...

  7. urbanner
    urbanner ·

    lov it great!

  8. urbanner
    urbanner ·

    lov it great!

  9. beni
    beni ·

    the best tip in long time

  10. nural
    nural ·

    wow can't wait to try this!

  11. peteparker
    peteparker ·

    great tip... I'll try the experiment :-)

  12. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Thank you all ^_^

  13. dogma
    dogma ·

    Very great! love it and gone test it :)

  14. pulex
    pulex ·

    awesome!! i guess im gonna treid that one with some color gels!

  15. mrs-paul
    mrs-paul ·


  16. miaumiau-wildekatze
    miaumiau-wildekatze ·

    great tipster indeed! gonna try that sometime!

  17. tallgrrlrocks
    tallgrrlrocks ·

    A tip I have fallen in love with! Thank you for this!

  18. mr_sid
    mr_sid ·

    WOW, great tiperster!

  19. mikahsupageek
    mikahsupageek ·

    great idea, brillant results !

  20. lightblue
    lightblue ·

    nice! thank youuu!

  21. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    brilliant idea. :)

  22. myloveletter
    myloveletter ·

    wow, that is really awesome!

  23. zaki5439
    zaki5439 ·

    yeah! i really want to try it! :D

  24. sivy
    sivy ·

    amazing pics! thanks for sharing your tipster :D defo gonna try this :D x

  25. eloisee
    eloisee ·

    love this!!

  26. kakikamera
    kakikamera ·

    love this. ouhh. i will try.

    using any plastic also can right?

  27. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Thank you for the nice feedback! Did any of you already try it? I'm curious to see some results :) I think any plastic can be used

  28. adrienne-is
    adrienne-is ·

    wowowowow! beautiful photos. I don't have a Diana, but I have 5 other lomo cameras. Gonna ponder how I can try this one out?! Encore!!!

  29. mariamaslam
    mariamaslam ·

    great tipster!
    i only have a diana mini you think this could work if you attached the plastic to the lens on the outside?

  30. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Thanks ^_^ on the outside of the lense it can also be intereesting, but it's not as sharp as inside. But you can also do masks with Diana Mini! Like I did it in this picture:

  31. nuhdos
    nuhdos ·

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh *o* Maybe I'll try this, Nice tipster, I just saw it

  32. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Nice tipster! Must try this some day!

  33. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    This is an awesome idea. Thank you for sharing. Your results are amazing.

  34. robbeh
    robbeh ·

    What a cool effect! Astonishing results...

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