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Baby Clothes Sun Prints

Introduction

Little socks, baby tees, and tiny sweaters -- the makings of an infant's first wardrobe are so impossibly small, and so quickly outgrown, you'll want to be reminded of them in the years to come. Put their captivating forms on display with framed sun prints; the bright-blue color and translucent effect of the cyanotype process yield images that are bold yet subtle. The technique is simple: Pin the clothing to special light-sensitive paper, cover with Plexiglas, and expose to the sun for a few minutes. Then rinse and dry the paper, and frame the prints as desired. Sun sensitive paper is available in kits at art- and craft-supply stores in sizes up to 11 by 17 inches. If the garment you're working with won't fit, make your print in halves, then frame the halves as one.

Source
Clotheskeeping, Special Issue 1998

Reviews (6)

  • ravenavery 24 Jun, 2009

    I really love this! It's so pretty, and so lovely to see "baby" decor that's not covered in bright yellow duckies or neon cartoon characters.

  • fredalee 24 Jun, 2009

    This is a great way to save the memories. Just be sure not to hang them anywhere close to sunlight or they will be destroyed.

  • Anna_Marie 24 Jun, 2009

    hmmmmm...I think the sun prints look a little ghostly and are creepy. I would much rather see the actual garments in a shadow box.

  • SpeshalKay 24 Jun, 2009

    I think most baby clothes (especially well-loved ones) are too stained to be framed at the end of their lifetime. The transparent (i.e. "ghostly") look of the sunprints captures multiple layers of fabric in 2D.

  • JudyPatoodie 24 Jun, 2009

    I think this is a great idea. Creepy to some maybe, but I like it.

  • ediemarie 7 Mar, 2008

    This is what I have in mind my husband will construct a box . In it I will put my christening gown , baptismal cetificate , lock of hair , teething ring , infant photo , and bronzed bootie . My Mother has been emptying out her cedar chest . I saw that your Mother had left your baby keepsakes to you after she passed away . Our Mothers are special that way aren't they ? I was wondering if you had made a display box for them ? This is a wonderful idea . Edie Marie