I had a lot of fun playing with this Polaroid film soup experiment. I tried souping a few different ways… Film soup with an already developed Polaroid, souping while the Polaroid was developing, and a few different film soup recipes.
I took some photos that were already developed and placed them in hot water with various ingredients: soap, salt, food coloring, and/or lemon juice.
I tried agitating the photos in the mixture. I tried letting the photos sit overnight in the mixture. And the results where always the same…nothing.
In my experiment, putting an already developed photo, intact, in the soup did nothing.
Maybe if I added bleach or other severe chemicals it would. But seeing how I have a kiddo at home, I didn’t really feel like leaving a bowl of bleach on the counter for days. However, if you want to try, I’d love to know what happens!
Souping While Developing
This is when it gets fun!
I found that the results come when you manipulate and soup your film as it’s developing.
The base needs to be hot water (not boiling, since you’ll be putting your hands in the water). From there, add any other ingredients you find in your home: soap, food coloring, salt, lemon juice, you name it. Have fun with it!
You’ll notice that with all of these, I removed at least one side of the seal on the Polaroid to allow for the soup to mix in with the developing chemicals.
A quick summary of the process
Add any film soup ingredients you’d like, such as soap, salt, and/or lemon juice, to a bowl of hot water
Take your Polaroid
Cut off at least one side of the Polaroid
While the image is still developing, submerge in the hot water mixture
Below are some recipes I tried, along with details about cutting open the Polaroids and how long I submerged the photos.
Directions: Submerge photo immediately after taking the Polaroid, peal one side of the Polaroid open after one minute, peel additional side off after fully developed. Remove from mixture a minute or two after fully developed.
Directions: Submerge photo in mix for one minute immediately after taking the Polaroid. Then, cut one side of image so the liquid can mix between the paper. Leave submerged for a minute or two after the Polaroid is fully developed.