Slavich Silk Surface Paper

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Michel Hardy-Vallée, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    Silk surface is back! Well, it probably never went anyway over at Slavich, but these weird, textured photos you have in your photo album from the seventies were using that surface.

    Too bad we can't get it on color paper, now THAT would be retro. :tongue:
     
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    Yeah! I can't exactly remember the texture but this looks worth a try. I already expressed my liking of Slavich in a couple other threads. Thanks for bringing attention to this Michael.

    Also note that its a warmtone chloro-bromide emulsion. This stuff may be really interesting.
     
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    Although I am a glossy or simigloss person, I just ordered a box to reprint some portraits from the 70s. I use Ansco. Zonal Pro and Clayton P20, what develope for warm tone?
     
  4. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    Paul, Ansco 130 with a subsequent dip in selenium or polysulfide should give you all the warmth you want.

    Please post some scans when you can!
     
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    Long on the chloro likely. I found when testing for
    it's demand of fixer that it takes the least of the four
    papers tested. Kentmere Bromide needs nearly twice as
    much fix to clear while Arista and Emaks fall between.
    All DW FB Glossy Grade 2 papers.

    Not unexpected results. Slavich claims the least silver
    content of any paper for which I've seen data. That alone
    reduces the amount of fixer needed. Bromided silver complexes
    less readily. So the more fixer. Dan
     
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    Silk Surface

    Who sells it?
    Mark
     
  7. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    Freestyle sells it.
     
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    I bought some out of curiosity, and in researching I ran across this Web site on the paper, with some tips on getting the most out of it. I can't vouch for any of the information on that site, since my paper has yet to arrive; I just thought I'd pass on the URL in case anybody else would find it useful.
     
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    Thanks for posting the link. At this point, the Slavich knowledge base is pretty young, so anyone's opinions and experiences are helpful. From this short article, it appears this paper has some interesting development quirks. Onward and upward!
     
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    I've seen a couple of samples of this paper over at Freestyle and it doesn't look all that warm to me...kind of like Varycon, actually (no apparent brighteners, natural white base). The surface is definitely different from lustre or semi-matte papers...its pattern does actually sort of look like silk, but a bit flattened. Since this is a piece of paper and not a textured fabric, I didn't think that was all that surprising. It's somewhat on the glossy side, so I doubt this would be usable for hand coloring. I haven't seen any lith or toned prints on it (the guys at Freestyle said they haven't had the chance to test it for those yet), but if it behaves like Slavich's other papers--meaning quite good--I imagine it should be pretty promising. Nice tonality as well.
     
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    Had a chance to do some printing on the Slavich Bromportrait 80, grade 2 today. Developer was Formulary 130. Here are some scans:
     

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