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Fulvio
09-10-2006, 02:18 PM
It's very nice to see a new area dedicated to liquid photographic emulsions.

I have a small experience in "homemaking" one... It's the easyest formula you can find in "Silver gelatin" book (page 131). I made this when I was in Denmark and right now I don't have any prints made with it. I remember it was very grainy, slow and loooow contrast. Also, since we used food gelatin for it it had also an interesting weak "greenish-black" tone.

It was also good for making bromoils, apparently, since it contained no hardeners.

Speaking of hardeners, has anyone experience with EFKE liquid emulsion? I use Foma liquid emulsion and Silverprint SE1. Silverprint emulsion is far too expensive, but I find it good with homemade toners. I'd like to try the Efke emulsion sooner or later. Do you know if it is good for bromoils? Does contain any hardeners inside? Is it realiable?

thanks

doughowk
09-10-2006, 05:23 PM
I've use the ADOX liquid emulsion with some success. Two coats (both with 50% water added) on Arches Platine; and prints appear like a B&W watercolor. Haven't tried any further manipulation, though.

htmlguru4242
09-10-2006, 06:08 PM
How well does the homemade emulsion from Silver Gelatine turn out?

Fulvio
09-11-2006, 01:47 AM
How well does the homemade emulsion from Silver Gelatine turn out?


Fine... It's not like the factory made ones... But if you're after some "pictorialist" effect can be nice.

Fulvio
09-11-2006, 01:50 AM
I've use the ADOX liquid emulsion with some success. Two coats (both with 50% water added) on Arches Platine; and prints appear like a B&W watercolor. Haven't tried any further manipulation, though.


The Foma emulsion comes with a big dark can containing the emulsion. Plus a small bottle containing an hardener, you have to mix the two. If you don't you will have a non-hardened emulsion, which is fine for bromoil and other applications (makes the emulsion more prone to mechanical damage though).

Does this Adox/Efke Emulsion come with a separate hardener as well? Is there any indication on the package about hardeners?

Have you tried other emulsions? How would you compare this one with the others?

bye

Jeanne
09-11-2006, 01:18 PM
The Adox/Efke does not come with a hardener. It's my favorite commercial liquid emulsion, and I've used it a great deal. There is a gallery on my website called "The Good Old World" which is almost exclusively single coated Adox emulsion on 130lb Arches watercolor paper.

I, too, have made the very simple emulsion in "Sliver Gelatin" and so far I like it very much. To increase the contrast I've added 10% print developer, or soaked the paper in developer for 30 seconds before exposing. Both methods work, though of course the second method is messier. I've also double coated with it, which I have never had to to with the Adox.