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More adventures in collodion

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by , 04-22-2008 at 08:45 AM (755 Views)
Well, the new silver bath is set up and running. I couldn't be happier with it, as it does everything you could expect it to do, and looks beautiful to boot. It inspires me to become a better woodworker every time I look at it.

I think I finally have my process under control - I was having severe veiling in addition to the problems I had with the darkslide scraping my plates. Well, with switching to the 11x14 plates, which properly fit my plate holders, I cured the scraping problem. In poking around on the collodion forum ( http://www.collodion.com/forum ), I found a suggestion that my developer was too strong, and that I needed to radically cut my development time. I diluted my developer 1:1 with distilled water, and cut my development time back to 15 seconds. WOW, what a difference. Now, my plates are looking like I would expect them to from my workshop with Kerik. I just need to get the hang of figuring out how much collodion to pour for an 11x14 - my pours have been either overly generous or a bit short, but I'm getting close now.
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