Back in college, I took lots of photography classes. One day my professor showed us how to do Polaroid Slide Transfers. I didn’t participate in that project at the time because I was just flat broke and couldn’t afford anymore supplies. Since this was one of many classes I had with this professor, he took pity on me and waived me from doing the project. But I always remembered the project and wanted to do it.

For my last birthday, Victor got this for me from the world of Ebay. It’s a Vivitar Slide Printer. They don’t make them anymore but it’s the cheaper version of the Daylab.

Vivitar Slide Printer

It took me several months to finally get to the project, get everything together to use it and find directions that didn’t come with it. Not to mention finding a place to get the slides developed. But at long last, I worked for two evenings on it and had a lot of fun (after a short bit of frustration and learning). Memories of the darkroom and photo chemicals came back to me as I opened the processing prints (I missed those smells!). After the first night I got some cool prints and one transfer that I can say was somewhat successful.

Drying image transfer

People usually use certain types of watercolor paper for the negative transfer but since I’m into the whole fiber thing I was trying it with white cotton. I have some other fiber ideas to try down the road but I decided to keep it simple first time out.

Night two went a little more smoothly. The boys liked to push the big blue button and make the thing flash. I got several more successful images this time around since I had worked out some of the kinks of the machine. I know that I need use darker slides because it likes to overexpose some. Here are some of the cooler images I got. The first one is the original on photo paper and the second is the image from the negative on the fabric. This one in particular I opened the developing image to soon. Teach me to watch Chuck at the same time. It’s a close up of my grandmother’s sewing machine, in case you were wondering.

Polaroid Transfer sewing 01 orig Polaroid Transfer sewing 01 cloth

This one is of an old clock. Like the above ones, the first is the original on the film paper and the second is fabric.

Polaroid Transfer Clock 01 orig Polaroid Transfer clock 01 cloth

I know you may be wondering what I am going to do with these. Well, I do have a project going on right now but I’m not sharing just yet. These photos are cool because you can go back and color the negative transfer with different mediums (ie. colored pencils). The original photos can be put into a warm water bath the images can be seperated from the photo paper and placed onto almost anything else. So lots of fun to be had here.