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WARNING: Uncertainty! (both material & human)
                     Don't forget that you will be working with a highly inflammable material & think hard before you apply alcohol to other parts of your body such as, err...your nostrils; yes, it burns.
So, read all before you start.             I take my paranoias seriously; you better do as well.
                    
                     Many of you know that fax is a thermal paper, ie. heat sensitive on one side, but a few knows that it also gets drunk(!) ie. affected by alcohol. In this, my first, instructable we will deal only with the latter, Hyde'ing, side of fax. Dr. Jekyll also has boundless potential when you come to play with him. When you think of the ways thermal paper reacts to various sources & forms of heat you'd be amazed. (This will be another story, but you should start pondering on it. Let's see what we all come up with.)
 
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Step 1: Ready, steady


At least one roll of thermal(fax) paper
Alcohol (One I used is 80 proof lemon cologne, with a spray nozzle
A foam mat appr. a4 size (I used 1 cm. upholstery foam which is very handy for many things)
A fan of your choice (I used my hands)
A scanner

Step 2: Situate yourself


-Cut your fax papers to size ( a4 will do) & stock them beside you.
-Get your foam on your lap & place one sheet on it, sensitive side facing you.
-Cover the lot with a newspaper or something. (Alcohol mist falls down on the fax paper & fog it, as you spray your face. Also secure your pre-cut stock & the roll.)
-Find a place for your spray bottle: reachable & flat surface as you'll be putting it back with your eyes closed.
-Put your fan close to you (pocket)
-Arrange space to lay damp fax papers. They may affect each other if you stack them.
There finally be a stack- beleive me!. It's hard stop once you've started.

Step 3: Application

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Make sure you squeeze yor eyes shut as fast as you can.
1. Spray alcohol on your face at arms length. Remember alcohol is the mother of all evil.
2. Grab your your paper with the foam backing after taking the cover off & putting it aside and press the emulsion side on your face.
3. Pull, peel the paper away.      DON'T OPEN YOUR EYES YET!  You're dying for a peep but DON'T.
    With eyes still closed wait for 10-15 seonds & fan yor face.
4. By then your image should be developed . If not, fan that too.
WARNİNG again: Don't smoke till you're sure all the stuff has evaporated & you're not in a cloud of alcohol waiting for a spark to whoof around you. If you're very desperate, have it lit by someone far away from you & bring back. Even then, when taking a drag some "chemi-I don't know whats" they put in cigarettes can crack & boom again. Give it up!  Anything getting in the way with your work should be given up.

Step 4: Spray in action

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Again, make sure your eyes closed.

Step 5:

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It might be a good idea to put double-sided tape to the corners of the foam. Soil them a little to make them less tacky.

Step 6: Ready for photoshop

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This is the raw print scanned.
Don't get dissapointed if you can't get a decent image in your first try. Repeat the ordeal & you'll find out, the amount of cologne needed on you face (or where ever), how to & how long to press etc. in a few swings.

Step 7: Another catch by me

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From here on you can go as you fish. Make a transparency & silkscreen it, no problem.
Biggsy4 years ago
hey this is pretty awesome...
alcurb6 months ago

Wait ! I can see the face of Santa Claus in that ink smudge .... sorry, I couldn't resist.

alcurb6 months ago

Awesome but disturbing...wait...that is ART!

Not sure if I want the BPA off of the thermal paper all over my face, but that is only one exposure and I would clean my face thoroughly afterward. Hey, if you are excessively masculine, a little bit of the BPA estrogenic compounds wouldn't hurt -- *joke*.

maazbuzdar2 years ago
scary thing...
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FO The Turk (author) 4 years ago
Thanks 8bit, that was an eye opener! Everyone who're intrested in faxing themselves should read the afore mentioned article. I also learned there that BPA is used in internal coating of food& beverage cans, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers plus PVC, epoxy and whatnots. All of us who're into making things come in contact with some dubious stuff one way or another. Somewhere in the article I also read: "if you don't have BPA in your body, you are not living in the modern world." I didn't mean to hurt youuuu !, I'm just an expeditious guy.
8bit4 years ago
A warning. According to wikipedia articles on thermal paper and on bisphenol A, thermal paper contains significant amounts of Bisphenol A.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermochromic_paper
FO The Turk (author) 4 years ago
I don't! . If you think lemon stinks, try whiskey.
aeray4 years ago
How do you get rid of the lemon stink afterward?
NachoMahma4 years ago
. Very interesting