Well, it would have been nice had my instruction book (The Wet Plate Collodion Experience, by Quinn Jacobson) bothered to address this little detail. It said "shake until dissolved", not "immerse, twiddle occasionally for the next three days, then filter". Shake until dissolved implies relative immediacy.
You could have saved yourself a lot of time and frustration by simply mixing in a mason jar and letting it sit. Give it a few shakes every once in awhile to get the solids to break down, then do not disturb it for a week or so. All the particulate matter will settle out and you'll be left with a very clear varnish to decant into another bottle. Always keep a new mix settling to be ready when you need .
You know the saying: "When you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, hope that is not a train"
Good luck and I am sure you will have hours of pleasure in your new setup.
Wear a Moomoo to work day?
OK I will look in that thread.
Pictures of the darkroom or from the darkroom? I've posted pics of it in the "Darkroom Portraits" thread and from it on the Standard Gallery (not scanned very well though).
Congratulation on Your new darkroom. What about posting some pictures.
This sucks when it happens. I'm going to start using canned air from now on to get rid of dust on the negative.
You should blog again. It is so good to read about other peoples photographic work.
Great Mikkel, looking forward to it!