Plain collodion turned into jello

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  1. OmerYair

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    Hi,

    A friend and I are trying to mix collodion for the first time. There is no resources/workshops we can attend here (Israel) to learn it though I did ordered a few books to our school's library (can take months until they arrive...).

    We mixed our first plain collodion solution for use with poor boy's formula. The ingredients were:
    2.21 g Gun-Cotton
    34 ml Ethyl Ether
    78.5 ml Denatured Ethyl Alcohol 99%

    No salts were added. We stirred the solution, capped it with a rubber cup and left it in a zip-lock bag for two nights. Today when we came back to it, all the gun-cotton seems to be dissolved but there were bubbles in it and when we stirred it, it was like gellatinous solution with jello lumps. The collodion wasn't filtered yet because we fear the lumps will simply block the filter... Is this normal? Should we try to make another batch with different Ether/Alcohol ratios, maybe add some distilled water?

    We preffer to use as little Ether as possible...
     
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    I have a good friend who is a Master of the collodion process, he teaches also. If you would e-mail him, am sure he would
    be happy to advise you.
    his website is: http://studioq.com/
     
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    You might try Mark Osterman at George Eastman House. He kind of "wrote the book" on collodion and teaches workshop for GEH here in Rochester. He will be away for a few days, but will be back soon. You can reach him here: Mosterman at geh.org

    PE
     
  5. OmerYair

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    Thanks! All suggestions were followed :smile: Hope to get some replays soon.

    P.S.
    The book list included the books by Quinn, Ron and Mark (if it can be found).