For the latest Holography Forum contest I made a hologram of Snoopy and Woodstock.
I’d originally planned for the final hologram to be a bit different but I’m happy with what I’ve got.
Read on for the making of Friends.
I started out by gluing a paper towel to some foamboard. This was done so the plaster I’d be adding would have a good rough surface to adhere to.
The added plaster to form the "terrain".
Once that had dried I added the back which is a plastic grid back with paper towels soaked in plaster. The plaster makes the back nice and stiff but still fairly light.
The I added grass and painted the back black. I didn’t want the grid to appear in the hologram, just the cotton that would be added on top.
Next was the addition of the cotton and placing of the figures. The water bowl was painted gray because its original red color would have resulted in it being just as bright as the figures.
After doing some test shots with the grass I found that it was too dark. I got the texture I wanted but Snoopy and Woodstock stood out too much. So I scraped off the grass (no matter how much paint I layered on, it stayed dark) painted the plaster white and added some model railroad snow to keep the texture I wanted.
The cotton was intended to provide a dreamy look in combination with some non-holographic elements I wanted in the final piece. Unfortunately I couldn’t work out the lighting for both elements in time for the contest and decided to go with just a hologram.
Here’s the final reflection hologram.
Here’s also a movie looking left and right
and finally the fully matted and framed version. The design for the mat was created in OpenOffice Draw, printed out and laminated to mat board which was then cut to a custom size and the hologram framed.
The master hologram was made on PFG-01 film laminated to glass and developed with JD2 and bleached with EDTA and post-treated with Ascorbic acid to increase contrast.
The reflection copy was made on PFG-01 film pre-treated in 6% TEA and developed and post treated the same as the master.