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    for now I'm saving the plastic 35mm film canisters to turn them into baby rattles and other toys. It seems like such a waste to throw them away though.

    Everything else goes though. I mess up the end of the actual film canister when unloading to do anything with.

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    Re: What to do with Empty Boxes and Canisters

    I've been saving the black ones to put liquid emulsion in meaning I don't have to keep opening/warming up the whole lot (when kept in the original container) each time. My wife uses them to keep different buttons and beads in.

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    I use them to test films but exposing an inch or so and then processing that clip in the plastic canister. Do this in darkness...do not trust them to be light-tight. - David Lyga

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    use the leftovers to test fix baths.
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    I put mine in the trash.
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    Plastic containers come in useful in the Workshop for storing those endlessly variable small nuts, bolts and washers that accumulate over time

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    I once kept the newly unique to me empty 35mm cassettes, and would tear the ends off and squash them and then stick them along a moulding rail that ran near the ceiling of my old darkroom. Now that the variety of films I find/are offered any more is shrinking I keep that collection in a drawer.

    Similary I keep unique to me 120 backing paper sections taped to spare old quad paper pad backing cardboard. I keep then in a filing cabinet, and look at them once in a while.

    I keep any non-crimped 35mm cassettes for reloading. Some are over 25 years old now, and still work well. Other crimped ones with an inch or so of spool end tail hanging out for reloading I now keep to reload as weel, since finding a nice leader retriever at Freestyle a few years ago. I keep the empty cassette box limited to about 50 units, with the film canisters to match.

    Spare canisters I give to the scout groups in our area from time to time. They use them for storing spices for thier field mess kitchen kits.

    I keep about 20 respooled 120 backing paper and spools. I do reload from slit down bulk 70mm from time to time.

    Five or six empty rolls of 120 backing paper folded back on itself and some masking tape and a staple gun have been used to light proof a window frame or door, and still alow the window or door to be operated in some imprompu darkrooms that I have set up in the past.

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    Why, save them of course. Don't worry, you'll find something to put in them.

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    when the containers were the screw top to metal containers , we used them to make salt peter and other ingredients , combined made perfect launching bombs for rocks and stones.
    now I am going back to my youth when this was a popular thing to do .. put a tube into the ground, make the concoction in the photo can, put a wick on it and place at bottom of the tube with wick out to lite, put rocks on top to photo can, light wick , send rocks over houses to land on cars driving down steet... who says the kids today are assholes .. I think we invented that.

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    Re-spool the backing paper onto 120 reels and sell the combibation on Ebay to people who want to do homeopathic photography.
    Photography, the word itself, invented and defined by its author Sir John.F.W.Herschel, 14 March 1839 at the Royal Society, Somerset House, London. Quote "...Photography or the application of the Chemical rays of light to the purpose of pictorial representation,..". unquote.

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