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    What would happen if I boiled a roll of infrared film?

    I've become interested in ways of purposely damaging 35mm film, since I have a ton of expired film in my freezer at the moment for experimenting with. I've seen examples of people boiling color film for a few minutes to achieve a color shift or a melted emulsion but what would happen if I boiled a roll of Kodak HIE? Since the film is heat sensitive would it just go totally "overexposed"?

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    Send it all to me.

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    No.

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    You would destroy a valuable and now very limited resource. Unless it's been poorly stored in which case you'd just further destroy something that's already worthless.

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    It will go totally overexposed. Don't do it.
    My blog / photo website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/

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    You would have infrared soup, I suppose. Add a little chicken stock, soy and ginger, and, well, who knows?
    Personally, I wouldn't eat it.
    Nor would I bother destroying a perfectly good roll of film. Shoot and process it instead.
    Your post gave me my laugh for today. Thanks!

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    Nothing wrong with experimenting, especially if you have lots of old film to play with. My guess is it would fog pretty severely, but why not try it and find out?

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    whole roll

    You don't have to boil a whole roll. You might try a lower heat with another partial roll. Don't forget the drawn butter.

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    I'm not positive, but I think the entire internet would crash, causing worldwide pandemonium.

    I've never done it so I can't say for sure.

    Post your results here; but if I'm right, we'll never get to see them.

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    I'm more interested in how you think you're going to boil a roll of film in total darkness?
    Regular pot? Not dark enough, especially once the lid starts banging from excaping steam.
    Pressure cooker? Possible.
    Boiling water in a darkroom? Not the safest idea.

    But still, as it's IR-sensitive, boiling will probably just fog/overexpose it all. Why not just leave it next to / on top of a heater for a while instead?
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

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