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  1. Various things

    by , 05-01-2008 at 02:19 PM
    I scored a beautiful condition 1930s vintage Brownie #3 box camera for $5. It produces a rather large negative (I think something near 4x5, maybe 3 1/4 x 4 1/4), and of course original roll film is not available for it anymore, so I'll use it for shooting wet-plate. Thinking of which...

    I'm doing a demo of wet-plate at Artomatic. I'm going to use the Brownie to do the plates, so I can have something cheap and easy to work on, and less to haul around. Now I need to construct a dark ...
  2. More adventures in collodion

    by , 04-22-2008 at 08:45 AM
    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. ...
  3. New silver bath on its way!

    by , 04-15-2008 at 11:54 AM
    I ordered a silver bath for my wet-plate work from Steve Silipigni, in Rochester, NY. Steve does terrific work and maintains great communication with his customers - he calls/emails at each phase in the process, and asked me several questions about how I wanted the box made (I had an 11x14 box, and he made it so the 14" dimension was the horizontal, so it would be easier to insert and remove the plates in a darkbox or under a low ceiling). I can't recommend him enough. I'll post photos of the ...

    Updated 04-15-2008 at 09:45 PM by TheFlyingCamera

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  4. Artomatic is coming again!

    by , 04-13-2008 at 06:50 AM
    Yesterday I went to this year's Artomatic site to pick my wall space. I was in the first round of site selection, so I got to pick a prime location in the show. I'll be right off the elevator banks on the 8th floor.

    For those who have never heard of Artomatic, it is this (semi-) annual show here in Washington DC that is run by artists for artists. It moves around each time because the show is so big, and there is a dearth of exhibition space in DC. The show got its name from the ...
  5. making wet-plate holders

    by , 03-27-2008 at 08:43 PM
    well, I finally made my wet plate holder. I have a home-brew holder made from an 8x10 film holder- I got out the Dremel and cut the hole in the septum for the plate, glued in my corner supports, and made a pressure plate that can go between the darkslide and the aluminum plate with the emulsion on it.

    If you are endeavoring to make your own out of an old film holder, here's a hot tip- DON'T use a really old film holder - it may have a double septum of thin sheets of aluminum, which ...
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