Exploring Options - Argyrotype

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  1. Digidurst

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    Hi all! In addition to exploring the Kallitype process, I am also looking at creating some prints using the Argyrotype process as described in Mike Ware's article. In reading the steps, I noticed that he doesn't use any type of clearing agent but instead, water. Would there be any benefit to adding a clearing step (perhaps borrowing from Sandy King's citric acid clearing agent as described in his Kallitype process)? My thinking is that a clearing bath might speed up the process but will it harm the Argyrotype?

    I do intend to tone my Argyrotypes using a gold tone procedure but what about split toning? Perhaps a selenium tone? Would I use the selenium toner first and then the gold or vice versa? Any clearing, etc. necessary between toning steps?

    Thanks in advance for the help :smile:
     
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    I have no idea but am impressed at the variety of different processes you're trying. Do you have any prints posted anywhere?
     
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    LOL - gee thanks! I hope to try many, many more before it's all over with :smile:
     
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    The main problem or consideration if you will with Dr. Ware's Argyrotype process is the paper that you use to print with. The process is very paper sensitive. A friend of mine that has been working with the process for a couple of years reports that Arches Platine works well (which means that Cot 320 will work well) but Cranes Cover is an inexpensive alternative. Develop with pure water only (no chlorine). When split toning (or multi-toning) with any process, tone with the most noble metal first. Give the paper a brief rinse between toners.

    Don Bryant
     
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    Thanks Don, that's just what I needed to know :smile: