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    liquid emulsion printing on skin?

    so i was at work bored out of my mind when i thought about using liquid emulsion to print on my hand/arm or other body part. i have never used it before and was just wondering if anyone else here has heard of this or done it. i know there are several factors ie focus falling off and holding steady long enough. maybe using a latex glove? thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradwoodville View Post
    so i was at work bored out of my mind when i thought about using liquid emulsion to print on my hand/arm or other body part. i have never used it before and was just wondering if anyone else here has heard of this or done it. i know there are several factors ie focus falling off and holding steady long enough. maybe using a latex glove? thoughts?

    brad
    Well, for one thing, you probably won't want to use any potentially harmful developer like a normal hydroquinone based developer, but go for a "Jnanian style" natural coffee developer. If it is not because of the fact that hydroquinone is listed as a potential harmful agent (just look at the warning labels of your developer), it might be because you don't want the image permanently engraved in your skin as a de-pigmentated skin area. Hydroquinone was popular with some Afro Americans for the purpose of lightening their skin. I think this usage is now prohibited because of potential negative health effects, and it sure didn't do Michael Jackson any good

    In addition, it is probably best to be like the "Ice Man", and permanently live in a cold climate, as the emulsion will be close, or over, the melting point on your 38 degree skin. It might run of your skin in a hot climate...

    Other than the practicalities, well, it certainly is an original idea...
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    You will have to harden the emulsion somehow, and all hardeners I can think of are rather nasty when applied to human skin. The image will rapidly crack due to the natural movement of skin, and the image will probably only last a few days if that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    The image will rapidly crack due to the natural movement of skin, and the image will probably only last a few days if that.

    PE
    Which is probably exactly what Brad is after as a one-off art project...
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    If it is not hardened, it will wash off during processing due to body heat.



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    You could enlarge a negative onto some sheet film, tape the image to your body and contact print it at a tanning salon?

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    Hmmmmm.......How much of a tan? Their could be a market........

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    RA-4 works great at body temperature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco B View Post
    Which is probably exactly what Brad is after as a one-off art project...
    One-off, indeed...
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    There might be another use for the Dye Tranfer processw here. I actualy did think about this, several weeks ago. But there are already too many instences where I get AgNO3 under my nitryl gloves!
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