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    How To: Negs from a Grocery Store

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    Im not quite sure why Im on this whim...But here we go:
    I want to be able to have the option of developing film at anytime, anywhere (que 007 music...). So, what are some formulas that I can make; using items found only at the common grocery store ? Im not even sure if this is really possible....but...
    Paracetamol could be made using Tylenol tablets, Lye, and _______. I need to find a substitute/source for NaSO3 (Sodium Sulfite). I know of the caffenol recipe too; but I tend to shy away from staining developers.
    The stopbath can be vinegar. Other suggestions ?
    As for the fixer, Im at a loss. I think this may be the sand in the gearbox.

    Thoughts ?

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    Oh...I *guess* if I have to stop at the drug store, that would be OK too

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    have a small bottle (100ml) of rodinal for developer.
    dont know about fixer
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    Thanks, I would have never thought of that :rolleyes:

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    Some of the chlorine removing chems at the pool supply are sodium sulfite and sodium thiosulfate, check your nearest pool supply and see what they have available, and see if they have the MSDS sheets for the ones you can't tell by the label, the info will be on them.
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    I bet you can use beer for stop -)

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    Upon occasion, I carry a bottle of developer concentrate and a bottle of TF4 fixer concentrate. I use a 250 ml tank for 35 mm which does one roll, or maybe two if you have mastered the black art of loading two in the same reel back-to-back. At the end of development, I dump an ounce of developer and add an ounce of TF4 concentrate. Agitate vigorously for 2 or 3 minutes, inspect to make sure the film has cleared, and dump the chemicals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    All,
    Im not quite sure why Im on this whim...But here we go:
    I want to be able to have the option of developing film at anytime, anywhere (que 007 music...). So, what are some formulas that I can make; using items found only at the common grocery store ? Im not even sure if this is really possible....but...
    Paracetamol could be made using Tylenol tablets, Lye, and _______. I need to find a substitute/source for NaSO3 (Sodium Sulfite). I know of the caffenol recipe too; but I tend to shy away from staining developers.
    The stopbath can be vinegar. Other suggestions ?
    As for the fixer, Im at a loss. I think this may be the sand in the gearbox.

    Thoughts ?
    hi steve

    didn't some people use seawater as fixer ?
    i don't know where i read that ...

    good luck!
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    I've read where the navy used seawater to fix film during WWII aboard subs as fresh water was in ever short supply. Apparently it works, but *SLOWLY*.

    I think you'll have to bite the bullet and buy fix. I've read on other threads that fix cannot be easily duped with "home" ingredients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim appleyard View Post
    I've read where the navy used seawater to fix film during WWII aboard subs as fresh water was in ever short supply. Apparently it works, but *SLOWLY*.

    I think you'll have to bite the bullet and buy fix. I've read on other threads that fix cannot be easily duped with "home" ingredients.
    The Navy used seawater to WASH films and papers, followed by a short rinse in fresh water. During the war, it was discovered that the prints and films washed in seawater actually washed more thoroughly than film and prints washed in fresh water only, at shore based labs. The resulting photos were found to be more resistant to fading and yellowing, prompting a chemical analysys of seawater that resulted in the formulation of hypo-clearing agents such as KHCA and Perma-Wash. At least that's what I was told in Navy Photo School back in the late '70s.

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