Albumen

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  1. nsurit

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    Has anyone used egg white protein from the health fostore rather than egg whites for albumen printing? If so, any suggestions on brands and mixing proportions. Thanks in advance. Bill Barber
     
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    Give me a little time and I can get you some information. The stuff we use is from an east coast supplier and it mixes/coats very well. No yellowing or off browning after printing, and leaving the image in the NM sun at 7k' for a few days, no image degradation. Off the top of my head I forget the brand.
     
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    I learned albumen printing from someone who usually used egg white powder, and it worked fairly well, though I use egg whites.
     
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    I haven't done a lot of albumen printing but all that I did was done using egg white powder. I used a formula from the 2nd edition of Christopher James book. I don't have the book at hand and am unable to recall the formula. As to brand, I don't think it matters as long as there are no added ingredients. The stuff I bought I got through Amazon and based my selection on price and that it was listed as pure egg white.

    Dan
     
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    Egg white as well. I should go ask James but I forget if he uses the new modified recipe in his book or the old traditional stuff (kinda funny I don't even have a copy!)
     
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    I found my copy of James. He has a number of recipes for both traditional and powdered eggs. The one I used is as follows:

    72 g powdered egg white
    473 ml distilled water
    2 ml 28% acetic acid
    15 ml ammonium chloride

    1. Dissolve the egg in water. Add the other ingredients. Whip to a froth. Label container and refrigerate for 24 hours.

    2. Remove from refrigerator and let warm to room temperature. Remove the froth that has settled on the now liquid solution. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth. Return the solution to the refrigerator and store for a week before using.

    James has a 20 page section on albumen in his book

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    I use Kosher Egg Whites which I buy at my local semi-health food grocery. These are pure egg whites with nothing added.
     
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    I recently took a course in Albuminen Printing and we used both. I liked the real egg white best to work with and the final results of the prints.
    I'll see if I can find what brand of powdered egg we used.