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    Blotter books...

    As Scott said...

    I use a blotter book. It's bound, light and portable. The Ziplock and Tupperware ideas are good; you especially don't want them to dry en route and stick to a surface such as another print.

    A microwave oven works for drying quickly...
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    Thanks for the responses. What would be a good idea for prints up to sizes of 16x20? For that it seems a blotter book would be the only solution, but I wanted other ideas if there were any.

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    Hi, you can still use the wet stack of prints wrapped in plastic between sheets of cardboard to stiffen method for 16x20.

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    When I do fiber in a communal darkroom I give the prints a pre-wash and maybe a session in HCA, then I put them in a tray I bring from home for the ride home. They stay damp until I get home and then I put them in my archival washer or if there only a few of them I wash them with the tray soak and dump method. I dry fiber prints on dish towels, face down. The friction of the towels reduces curl and slows drying time. I find that dry down seems to be correlated with drying time. Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJGainer View Post
    Hello,
    I am going to use a public darkroom for the first time to print and asked the facilities what equipment they had for drying FB prints and was told that they had none. It was suggested that I bring some form of plastic to lay the prints on and separate them with paper towels. I am concerned about lint issues and cracking of the emulsion. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
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    Hi Dave
    I have this problem at work, we don't have good washing/drying/pressing for FB at the shop so do those steps at home. I give the prints a rinse then put them in a tray with a enough water to keep thing wet. I have used up to 16x20's in 16x20 trays. I then slip the tray in a plastic bag big enough for the tray and enough to fold the bag back over the tray. My commute is 25 miles ( one way ) and a ferry ride. I have never trusted blotters, blotter books or rolls and never trusted paper towels.
    Michael

    I have never had damaged prints or a leak.

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    Blotter books or rolls.
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    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
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    If you're travelling by car just leave them wet in a tray and dry them at home. I know someone who did it just like that. He used to print in a university darkroom till late at night. One night he picked me up on his way back home. We started talking about the photos. At one point he stopped the car under a street light, took the tray out of the trunk, and we spread the wet 30x40cm pictures all over the car bonnet to continue our talk there

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    Quote Originally Posted by msage View Post
    I have never trusted blotters, blotter books or rolls
    and never trusted paper towels. Michael
    A much better material than paper towels and reusable
    is available at fabric stores. The material is called interfacing;
    a non-woven hydrophobic material of polyester. VERY inexpensive.
    I use it in conjunction with a special corrugated board which is
    expressly manufactured for the purpose of drying flat sheet
    materials. Use the material for transport and additional
    same sheet material along with the board to create a
    sandwich print dryer. Dry and Flat in one step. Dan

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    Dancqu,

    Tell us about this corrugated material...?

    Do you dry all your prints this way? Any clamping or weighting involved?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PVia View Post
    Dancqu, Tell us about this corrugated material...?
    Do you dry all your prints this way? Any clamping
    or weighting involved? Thanks!
    The best deal I've found for the material is at
    www.forestry-suppliers.com . Search there for,
    ventilators . If interested also search for, driers .
    A dozen 12x18 ventilators are $8.65; plus S&H,
    about $15. Good for 22 8x10s, 11 11x14s. I've
    now 24 5x7s drying. Slow, I allow as much as
    a week. No hurry high production here; slow
    room temperature drying.

    I've not bought any of the driers because it hit
    upon me that some hydrophobic material would do
    better. My prints are sponge dried both sides prior to
    being sandwiched within the stack. On top rests 8
    pounds of just the right size magazines; a few
    more in the middle due to a slight warpage of
    the moisture resistant corrugated board.

    Corrugated stack dryers are hardly anything new.
    Burke & James, Salthill, and others have manufactured
    and Kodak marketed a corrugated roll-up dryer.

    Archival Suppliers are another source. The herbarium
    and plant press designation should not diswade Dan

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