I liked the idea of the Claude Glass, having a large collection of film cameras myself, I thought it would be the ultimate hipster way to take a picture.
This is a very simple instructable, and as you can see I got some nice results.
- If you read to the end, there is a bonus 'Quick & Easy' method too.
A Claude glass (or black mirror) is a small mirror, slightly convex in shape, with its surface tinted a dark colour. Bound up like a pocket-book or in a carrying case, black mirrors were used by artists, travellers and connoisseurs of landscape and landscape painting. Black Mirrors have the effect of abstracting the subject reflected in it from its surroundings, reducing and simplifying the colour and tonal range of scenes and scenery to give them a painterly quality.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
- An old overhead projector lens
- Black Spray Paint
- Masking Tape
- Methylated spirits
- Portion of felt (optional)
- Stanley Knife (boxcutter)
- Lint free cloth
- Camera equipment (I was using a DLSR, I found a 50mm prime lens worked best, so recommend any long prime lenses)
- Spraybooth / Scrap of cardboard
Step 2: Clean and Mask
I also wrapped around the very edge of the lens also.
The reason we do this is that the spray paint will sneak underneath when painting (There was lots of specks on my masking tape after painting)
I then used a lint free cloth and a little Methylated spirits to clean the side of the lens we will be applying paint to. Try not to touch this side before you paint it.