developer ... NOT hardener
by, 04-09-2013 at 04:56 PM (562 Views)
i coated a baker's dozen of 4x5 plates yesterday
this morning i verified the timing of my shutter
then i harvested an ancient dry plate bag-mag purchased
long ago but never used.
i used a flang to pry up the septums and slid 3 plates in ...
i made some exposures and looked forward to seeing the results
i emptied the contents of a 1L container i had developer
and poured the contents into a tray.
i put the timer on 3 mins and put a plate in and agitated ..
then in the fix another in the tray 3x ...
after 10 mins i looked and saw NOTHING on my plates, and wondered what was going on ...
i put the chemistry away/ the fixer into a jar and the developer back in the 1L container ..
i looked at the label ... it was hardener ..
note to self: alum hardener doesn't developer photo emulsion ...
after replacing the contents, i put the 800cc's of hardener someplace else ...
aside from chemistry being trapped into the emulsion when using fixers with hardeners
now i have another reason not to use it ... it doesn't work as a developer !