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    Mounting FB paper BEFORE processing

    Hi

    It seems everybody using FB has it's own recipe to make it flat. I am fixing the paper with clamps between wooden frames and glass.
    With this method the paper becomes very flat after drying - I'm quite pleased with the result. The only drawback is that I need to cut the borders because the pattern of the frame remains printed on the paper surface.

    I'm thinking whether it would make sense to mount the paper BEFORE exposure/processing?
    I could use 3M photo to mount the FB on 2-3mm thick sheets of aluminium.
    What do you think of this idea? Could there be problems during developement due to reactions with the metal / during washing due to the impermeable back? Could the durability/stability of the image suffer?

    Thanks,

    Zishe

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    Yes!
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    I see no issues, have done it in fact
    We used archival hot tissue that you can then reheat and take the print off the aluminum
    this is how registration work is done.
    QUOTE=Zishe Breitbart;1469883]Hi

    It seems everybody using FB has it's own recipe to make it flat. I am fixing the paper with clamps between wooden frames and glass.
    With this method the paper becomes very flat after drying - I'm quite pleased with the result. The only drawback is that I need to cut the borders because the pattern of the frame remains printed on the paper surface.

    I'm thinking whether it would make sense to mount the paper BEFORE exposure/processing?
    I could use 3M photo to mount the FB on 2-3mm thick sheets of aluminium.
    What do you think of this idea? Could there be problems during developement due to reactions with the metal / during washing due to the impermeable back? Could the durability/stability of the image suffer?

    Thanks,

    Zishe[/QUOTE]

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    Thanks for your reply. The idea would be to leave the print on the aluminium.
    I will do some prototypes next week and for sure increase washing times. I'm afraid that chemicals are not washed out from the paper base completely.

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    Aluminium is a not-advised material for processing tools

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    what would be a more suitable material? I have a lot of brass sheets lying around.. I guess brass is even worse?

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    Perspex (Plexiglass) would probably work.


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    A borderless easel might be easier.

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    Dudes.... with all due respect aluminum works in chemicals.. need to go to a museum and ask to see some Irving Penns work...We have been doing this now for a few years.

    I have had a couple of the Worker Series by Mr Penn pass through my shop onto Sothebys.. They were on pt pd aluminum.. As well we have been mounting silver gelatin prints on aluminum and making prints, no issue.

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    Plain aluminium or anodised?


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