Sources for KCN for wet plate

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by Jim Chinn, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Jim Chinn

    Jim Chinn Member

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    I read on Quinn's collodion forum that Chemsavers will be discontinuing the sale of KCN when current stocks run out. I am going to try to place an order later today.

    From what I can find on the web, Chemsavers was the only source for small qty purchases of KCN. Anyone know of any other sources or should I plan on doing wet plate without KCN when my stock runs out?

    Yes I know you can use various hypos/rapid fixers, but KCN does produce brighter highlights.

    I am also aware that "platers" grade KCN can be used and we have a plater in town but they are not willing to sell any to an individual.

    Any other sources you know about?
     
  2. Barry S

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    I just broke down and ordered a few pounds from Chemsavers. I had been looking to find some cheaper platers grade KCN, but finding it in any reasonable quantity is very difficult. After trying, hypo, rapid fix, and KCN--I agree KCN is superior for tins and ambros. I used TF-5 last night at 2X the normal film concentration; it worked ok, but as you say, the highlights are brighter with KCN.
     
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    Chemsavers is where I got my last batch. Looks like I better order more...

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