Have you ever wanted to transform your old (or new) Polaroids? Maybe youâ€™re like me and love the idea of re-purposing such beautiful photography mediums. Well, now you can.
With such a fancy name, the process might seem complicated, but donâ€™t worry, itâ€™s a lot simpler than it seems. Emulsion lifts are simply a photography technique where the emulsion layers of a photograph (the photographic part of the film) are separated from its clear, front panel. By separating these two parts of a photograph, a picture can be reattached to a completely different surface i.e. paper, plastic, wood, glass, etc.
- Using scissors or an X-Acto knife, cut the frame off of your image (the white part surrounding the Polaroid).
- Keep the square photo, and drown the image into a bowl of hot water. Let it soak for about 1 minute. Note: Lukewarm water will not work. Hot water is necessary for this process.
- Begin to peel the image away from the clear layer. If these 2 parts donâ€™t separate, let the image remain in the hot water for another 30 seconds or so.
- Discard of the white material that the image comes off of.
- Place the image into the hot water again for 1 or 2 minutes â€“ foggy/milky side down â€“ and lightly rub a paintbrush over the image to remove any remaining material off of the image.
- Pick a new surface for the image to go on. Place this underneath the image in the water.
- Using a paintbrush or your fingers, position the image on top of its new surface.
- Remove the image and its new surface from the water. Note: You can still move the image around or flatten it after it has been taken out of the water.
- Let the emulsion lift dry for about 24 hours. Now you have a Polaroid Emulsion Lift!