By taking a plastic Fuji Film holder and making a few adjustments we were able to convert a Mamyia polaroid back to wet plate. We had a pretty beat up Polaroid back and instead of trashing it we thought we would try to breathe new life into it.
(This process will work for the RZ or the RB. Please read all of the steps before proceeding so you know what you are getting into.)
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What you will need:
- Mamyia RZ Polaroid back
- Fuji film FP-100 or Polaroid plastic casing left over from the pack of instant film
- 1/16 inch width Lexan (which is one of a number of name brands of polycarbonate, a type of plastic)
- T square
- Dremel Saw-Max or something to cut Lexan into strips NOT A TABLE SAW
- Tin snips
- Weld-on 3
- Blackened Aluminum for tintypes
- Paint brush
- Matte knife
- Painters tape
Tin snips were the easiest for us to cut our strips.
You will want to make sure the Lexan fits snug to the walls of the pack, so cutting off a little more than what you need then trimming back is suggested.
Cut two smaller strips for the walls.
Now cut your plate from your template. We found that a 3.25 inches square plate worked for us esthetically and it cut down on material waste. However, if that's not for you, you can cut a plate that fits within the entire frame so long as you have room to fit your Lexan.
We suggest peeling the protective film off of your plate before working through these next steps.
There you go, your trashed Polaroid back lives again! If you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Thommy & Susannah