Alternatives for cyanotype solution purchase

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  1. JohnMeadows

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    Can anyone recommend a reliable supplier of Cyanotype solutions in Canada?

    A month after I ordered it from DigitalTruth, my order of solution arrived tonight. The solution was mostly frozen, and what little solution that wasn't frozen was leaking out of the bottle.

    Even worse, although the specified shipping method was USPS, they ended up using UPS, which cost me an extra $41 in customs broker fees (I am located in Toronto).

    I certainly don't want to order from these guys again.
     
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    Hi, suggest you just buy the chemicals in powdered form. Very easy to mix. I get them from Freestyle, but they should be available in Canada also.

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    Thanks Jon! I think I have learned my lesson about being lazy :-(
     
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    Hi John. I second the suggestion to mix up from dry chemicals, either from Bostick & Sullivan or the Photographers' Formulary. Digitaltruth just resells from both of these suppliers. And in my recent order, Dave from B&S emailed me back to suggest a cheaper shipping option, which was much appreciated.

    In general, sourcing basic chemistry is a bit of a hassle up here. And some things cannot be brought across the border (i.e. AgNO3, dichromates, pyro) except in the smallest 'intro' packets, even if readily available at Freestyle, B&S, or PF.
     
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    Thanks David - I also got some New Formula Cyanotype from FreeStyle, so once I get that mixed I should have enough to last me a little while at least. I will check out all the alternatives you mention.

    In the meantime, I'll be curious to know if the solution from the "cyancicle" will still work once thawed :smile:
     
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    That is too bad. Winter sucks, eh? But cyanotype emulsion is about the easiest alternative process to mix oneself. There is nothing to be afraid of. It takes about ten minutes, if that. You can even eyeball it if you are too lazy to use a scale. I would suggest going this route. It will also save you a decent percentage of your money that you spent on the pre-mixed solutions.
     
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    Thanks 2F/2F; I have learned my lesson!

    And maybe I'll get an interesting result from frozen solution; the altprocess equivalent of ice wine, perhaps! :smile:
     
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    BeWare: The Ware new cyanotype dry powder kit from Formulary is a little more complicated to make up than the old formula. I needed a lab pyrex beaker, glass funnel and filter papers. There's a chemical reaction that is not just dissolve and mix and gunk to filter out. But it's worth it, fast exposures and much better contrast.

    Regards - Ross
     
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    An update; to be fair to DigitalTruth, they acknowledged the shipping error and refunded the shipping very quickly :smile: They feel the solution should still work, but to let them know if it doesn't.