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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!

Photo by sibux

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 and translated by sibux


  1. kostas


    very helpful and clever...

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  2. 110isnotdead


    I am going to try this right now :)

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  3. 110isnotdead


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

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  4. sibux


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

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  5. 110isnotdead


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

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  6. phalanx


    The doubles in the last set are awesome!

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  7. sibux


    A lot of thanks @phatanx :)

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  8. 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?
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  9. sw

    OH - I get it now. You just flipped the film around!
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  10. 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

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  11. marieta


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

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  12. 110isnotdead


    Here are my results- http://www.lomograph(…)1st-attempt Thanks again for the tip :)))

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  13. dewitiara


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

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  15. airman123

    I love this idea.
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  16. 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!
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  17. eugenionesta


    The negative is stuck inside the empty roll! :(

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