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    how do i refix prints?

    hi, i need to refix some old prints for a workshop tomorrow (hiya tim, fintan and thefizz)

    so i know i have to soak 'em 5 minutes, then plonk in some fresh fix, then wash.

    my question is ... can i do this with the regular lights on, or do i need a safe light? thks, and sorry if this is a dumb question,

    catherine

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    Not a dumb question at all! You can do it with the lights on ( depending on how badly fixed or not they were in the first place!) If they show signs of fading it's probably too late anyway.

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    thanks for the speedy response!

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    may I call you 'Fluffy'? ;-)
    Room light is fine
    Wash well though and hypoclear if you have the chance. Don't worry if you can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim rudman View Post
    Room light is fine ... Tim
    Perhaps I misinterpret the question but to my
    mind the need to re-fix is due to silver halides
    retained in the emulsion. Such are sensitive
    to light and can print-out when exposed to
    light.

    I've deliberately under fixed and by so doing have
    produced very pleasant 'warm tone' papers of
    otherwise snow whites. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    Perhaps I misinterpret the question but to my mind the need to re-fix is due to silver halides retained in the emulsion. Such are sensitive to light and can print-out when exposed to light.
    If I'm wrong, somebody please correct me, but if a paper is underfixed and therefore darkens when exposed to light, the damage will be done as soon as the print is exposed to light for enough time. Light present during a subsequent re-fixing will be irrelevant; AFAIK, the paper isn't any more sensitive to light during a second dunk in the fixer than it had been when exposed to light between fixes. Thus, the only case I can think of where re-fixing should be done under safelights is if the paper had never been exposed to normal lighting conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    Perhaps I misinterpret the question but to my
    mind the need to re-fix is due to silver halides
    retained in the emulsion. Such are sensitive
    to light and can print-out when exposed to
    light.

    I've deliberately under fixed and by so doing have
    produced very pleasant 'warm tone' papers of
    otherwise snow whites. Dan
    Au fait, have you re-fixed the print, once it acquired the adequate tone? I've noticed the same thing, but the warmth disappears in the fixer.
    Using film since before it was hip.


    "One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
    Au fait, have you re-fixed the print, once it acquired
    the adequate tone? I've noticed the same thing, but the
    warmth disappears in the fixer.
    Not clear. I've noticed paper tones which can be
    described as pleasantly warm to very distractingly
    warm if under fixed. Those tones after fixing. Perhaps
    a useful technique for some one seeking a warm tone
    paper from an other wise snow white.

    Some papers are left with a dirty gray. Papers show
    color after fixing and some exposure to light. I've not
    tested but believe with no exposure no color. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancqu View Post
    Not clear. I've noticed paper tones which can be
    described as pleasantly warm to very distractingly
    warm if under fixed. Those tones after fixing. Perhaps
    a useful technique for some one seeking a warm tone
    paper from an other wise snow white.

    Some papers are left with a dirty gray. Papers show
    color after fixing and some exposure to light. I've not
    tested but believe with no exposure no color. Dan
    But the resulting color is not permanent, right? It will eventually darken completely under exposure to light.
    Using film since before it was hip.


    "One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
    But the resulting color is not permanent, right?
    It will eventually darken completely under
    exposure to light.
    I've not noticed any darkening. The paper is fixed
    but not completely. No reason it should take on more
    than a light shade of color if so fixed. Dan



 

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