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Film Adhesion? (How do I get old camera reel film to stick to itself in a clean way?) Answered

I need some kind of clear glue to get old camera film, the kind you find on reels, to stick together. I was thinking of finding a volatile solvent and pouring that over two pieces on top of each other. Anyone know what old camera film dissolves in?? Thanks, -Josh

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DirectorsCUT
DirectorsCUT

13 years ago

Glad to be of service. I hope it comes in handy, sometime.

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gregr
gregr

13 years ago

Film is plastic coated with gelatin. You should be able to soak the film in water for about 10 minutes (make sure to shake the container). When you take the film out of the water there will be a side you can scratch the image off of. That is the gelatin side. Now take a piece of film and lay it gelatin side up on some wax paper and put a piece of film gelatin side down overlapping the first piece of film. Let everything dry for about 24 hours. If the gelatin feels tacky let it dry more. Ive never tried this, but when I used to develop 35mm film I had some film stick together and never come apart.

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lemonie
lemonie

13 years ago

Splicing tape would probably be your best bet. That is sticky-tape.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Hmmm, where can I get such sticky-tape? Could it be of the scotch genotype?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks!

Now that it's way too late, I don't think I'm going to be able to finish my wallet.

I was going to make a wallet out of film, so if you have film/time feel free to steal my idea =)

-Josh

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Lextone
Lextone

13 years ago

Try the liquid brush on modeling glue...make sure you clamp it down, with what ever you use, because its gonna curl like mad! I'm curious, what are you trying to do?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

I'm trying to make a kind of "fabric" out of this roll of film that I have, so I need to glue a bunch of it together.

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Lextone
Lextone

Reply 13 years ago

hmmmmmm....what about stacking it and using fishing line or black nylon thread locking it down through the sprocket holes? Would take longer, but any solvent or glue you would use is likely to warp and melt the film. The nylon thread would be the easiest to use and most durable. Plus you could use a sewing machine and speed up the process.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Hey! that's not a bad idea! Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to tie more than two together (horizontally). I need the "cloth" to be thin yet wide and long. Perhaps I'll weave the film, then tie any holes that have lines up together, what do you think of that?

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Lextone
Lextone

Reply 13 years ago

Cant tell by your pic, is it only sprocketed on one side?

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Yes, yes it is. Also, rather than tying all of the holes together, why not STAPLE the edge holes. I'll post a pic of this, I just started to do it.

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Lextone
Lextone

Reply 13 years ago

Staple's....great idea.....

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

I detect some sarcasm, perhaps?

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Lextone
Lextone

Reply 13 years ago

Not from me!.....but I can see where you would get that....If I meant sarcasm it would be more along the lines of...."be sure to use the satin finish Staples to maintain that elegant look".... Heh....

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CameronSS
CameronSS

13 years ago

Acetone? Maybe...Turpentine? Gasoline? Acetone seems more likely, I seem to remember somewhere that old 8mm film was once acetate...

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Bah, Acetone definitely doesn't work...

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 13 years ago

Just an idea...

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

No, I thought the same thing initially. I just decided to put up a forum post in order to see if anyone had any better ideas. Unfortunately, we were both wrong.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Awesome, I'm going to try that right now! Thanks a bunch =D

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

Reply 13 years ago

Errr... I'm looking for more of an elegant look