Re: home brewed dyes

From: Pablo Marin (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Feb 19 2006 - 17:17:47 PST

nice experience, amanda.
thanks for sharing it.

as for lighting your film on fire, i´ve lighted and
projected with no problems.
i worked on 35mm with a few precautions:

- taping the strip to a table by the sprockets holes
to prevent that mis-line up amanda talked about
earlier, and

- powdering the red heads of matches in order to draw
lines and motifs, then lighting´em on.

all the best,

Pablo Marín
Buenos Aires.

--- amanda christie <email suppressed> wrote:

> I've tried a bunch of stuff out of dire necessity
> once... some things worked, some didn't.
> it's a funny story
> I was commissioned to do an experimental super8 film
> for the Halifax Experimental music festival... I
> tried
> something wacky in my darkroom and wiped the whole
> image off by accident... I called the co-op to say
> "umm sorry guys, i ruined my film and can't give it
> to
> you"... they said "no dice.. you're in the program,
> you have to give us something"... so i went into my
> kitchen and grabbed anything i could think of that
> might "stain" film (the title of the film was
> 'stained')... i made a bunch of baths in tupperware
> dishes... to make it interesting i grabbed some
> polysporin from my first aid kit (i'd heard of
> people
> using vaseline, but i didn't have any, so i figured
> polysporin would do the trick, and it did)... and i
> made a bunch of goopy polysporin patterns on the
> fillm... then put different bits of film in
> different
> baths... then after a few hours, i'd take it out,
> and
> squish the polysporin around into different
> patterns,
> and switch the baths... i repeated several times...
> this gave a kinda wacky tie-dyed or batik look to
> the
> film... some things stained/dyed better than
> others...
> i put inky finger prints on the parts that bored me
> when i was done with the baths.
> because it was a rush/panic kinda job, i didn't log
> everything, and it was a few years ago... but from
> what i can remember....
> beet juice
> red wine
> black tea
> green tea
> curry and tumeric
> (i thought since they dyed my fingers everytime i
> cooked with them that it might dye my film... i just
> mixed some curry powder in water and soaked the
> film,
> but no luck - same results with tumeric)
> on another note, aside from dyeing....
> i've heard that you can also bake your film in the
> oven.... but don't leave it alone... use low heat
> and
> watch it carefully... also, don't do this if you
> plan
> on projecting it as it will warp the pitch of the
> film, and the sprocket holes won't line up for
> projection... only do this if you intend to contact
> print or optically print the film to a clean
> version... same goes for lighting your film on fire.
> have fun!
> amanda christie
> ------
> vancouver, bc, canada
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