Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Making Polaroid Emulsion Lifts

Earlier this year I tried Polaroid emulsion lifts for the first time. An emulsion lift (or emulsion transfer) is when the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film and then transferred to a different surface.

I’ve always thought they would be hard to do and was surprised at how easy and fun it was, so I thought I’d put together a little step by step guide to making instant film lifts!

The Impossible Project sells a really rad kit to help you get started. The materials used in this tutorial all come in the Creative Kit.

Pretty easy right?! Here are a few things to keep in mind: make sure the water isn’t too hot. Use a thermometer to help you keep track. Once the film is out of the hot water it is very delicate, so handle it with care from there on out.


Azuree Wiitala is a professional freelance photographer living in Chicago. You can find out more about her photographs and services through her website and blog. This article originally appeared here.

Making Polaroid Emulsion Lifts by Azuree Wiitala, via PetaPixel.

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