Makeshift Film Drying Clips

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  1. Jarvman

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    Hello, I can't find any film drying clips for a decent price at the moment. I'm certainly not paying £10 for two clips, when I intend to process 8 films at a time. Are there any common household items that will do the same job of hanging/weighting? Cheers
     
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    Try the "Dollar Store" or local equivalent for these:
     

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    I use regular wooden spring-loaded clothespins.
     
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    +1 on the clothespins.
     
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    +2 on the clothespins.
     
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    I'm also a fan of clothespins, just replace them frequently to avoid contamination!
     
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    I use binder clips from the office supply stores. They don't grab as much of the film as clothespins, don't absorb water.
     
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    Clothes pins, hang one on each corner
     
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    Magic, clothespegs/bulldog clips it is then! Just need to order a bigger dev tank now. Thanks all!
     
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    Morrisons (UK supermarket) do a pack of freezer bag clips. Two large, and four small - I find the small ones ideal for hanging sheet film by the corners.
     
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    B and H in NYC sells bags of film clips for about $7.00. Alternatively, binder clips, available at any large stationary store, work quite well too (Staples has them, item #10667. They straddle a metal clothes hanger and hold the film securely.
     
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    Wooden clothespins are great. Avoid plastic clothespins, I've had trouble with film slipping from them!
     
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    I learned on apug that if you take apart the clothes clip and flip the parts and spring, you can make a very nice set that pinches very accurately.

    Its a little hard to describe, but the rear part that you normally squeeze down on, becomes the holding part after moving the spring back.
     
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    [Cliff Claven]

    In the film industry they are C47's and the reversed ones Newt mentions are C74's

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    Search Craft incorporated...Lots of good SS clips for a reasonable price..
     
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    ordinary wooden clothes pins - just as suggested by Ansel Adams himself.
     
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    Ah here is a link to the pictures:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothespin

    the version as pointed out that I use is indeed the C74 at the bottom.
     
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    Hemostats. Made in Pakistan at a dollar a piece:
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    Clothespins are definitely a good old standby for drying film, used them a fair amount in the past.. The roach cl.. um, er,... hemostats would likely work great too.
     
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    I just use binder clips.
     
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    I use clothes-hangers meant for hanging up pants and skirts, like these:

    http://www.jysk.no/210/346/352/3918201/a/catalog

    The clothes pins on these are PERFECT for hanging up paper on, because they are smooth and protected by plastic, also they are already mounted on the hanger itself, so it's ready to go. =)
    I am sure there are equivalents in other countries.
     
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    Since everything in my darkroom is purchased on a severe budget, I use clothespins that I buy in packs of 200 or so for a couple of dollars. I bought two packs at once, and haven't had to buy a third pack yet. I hang 35mm by one at the top, and hang a second on the bottom...120 has two and two. I'm sure that nice stainless steel clips would be great, but when I process film I do it in large batches and I might have twenty or thirty rolls hanging up overnight...that's up to 120 clips in use at once.
     
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    if your dentist has converted to digital x-rays, he may have dental fillm clips laying around. There is nothing as good. They make a pin-prick sized hole in the corner and hold 7x17 film very securely.