liquid emulsion printing on skin?

Discussion in 'Silver Gelatin Based Emulsion Making & Coating' started by bradwoodville, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. bradwoodville

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    so i was at work bored out of my mind when i thought about using liquid emulsion to print on my hand/arm or other body part. i have never used it before and was just wondering if anyone else here has heard of this or done it. i know there are several factors ie focus falling off and holding steady long enough. maybe using a latex glove? thoughts?

    brad
     
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    Well, for one thing, you probably won't want to use any potentially harmful developer like a normal hydroquinone based developer, but go for a "Jnanian style" natural coffee developer. If it is not because of the fact that hydroquinone is listed as a potential harmful agent (just look at the warning labels of your developer), it might be because you don't want the image permanently engraved in your skin as a de-pigmentated skin area. Hydroquinone was popular with some Afro Americans for the purpose of lightening their skin. I think this usage is now prohibited because of potential negative health effects, and it sure didn't do Michael Jackson any good :blink:

    In addition, it is probably best to be like the "Ice Man", and permanently live in a cold climate, as the emulsion will be close, or over, the melting point on your 38 degree skin. It might run of your skin in a hot climate...

    Other than the practicalities, well, it certainly is an original idea...
     
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    You will have to harden the emulsion somehow, and all hardeners I can think of are rather nasty when applied to human skin. The image will rapidly crack due to the natural movement of skin, and the image will probably only last a few days if that.

    PE
     
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    Which is probably exactly what Brad is after as a one-off art project...
     
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    If it is not hardened, it will wash off during processing due to body heat.

    :wink:

    PE
     
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    You could enlarge a negative onto some sheet film, tape the image to your body and contact print it at a tanning salon? :wink:
     
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    Hmmmmm.......How much of a tan? Their could be a market........
     
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    RA-4 works great at body temperature! :laugh:
     
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    One-off, indeed...
     
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    There might be another use for the Dye Tranfer processw here. I actualy did think about this, several weeks ago. But there are already too many instences where I get AgNO3 under my nitryl gloves!
    Bill