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    Making a thing to store unexposed colour paper in?

    Hey!
    I want to know what everyone does when they need to store large
    unexposed paper THAT DIDN'T COME IN SHEET FORM ALREADY. So, if you
    buy a roll of paper, and need to cut it up, what do people store their paper in
    as a makeshift or longer-lasting device?
    black plastic bags?
    tubes?
    any info would be great.

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    I keep it in the original bag

    While I don't get into roll paper often, there are two rolls 12" x what started as 275' in my freezer at the moment.

    I openned the original brown craft paper and plastic bags, cut what is needed, and then re-sealed the bag by rolling it shut, and then using about 5 strong foldback spring clips to hold the folds shut. It is not perfectlt moisure proof, but it work alright.

    I have also stored a 5" roll in an old 11x14 enlarging paper envelope, that was folded and taped shut. I never thrfow out old paper envelopes; they always become useful at some point in the future.

    I tend to cut ahead of time an assortment of sizes, because cutting off of the roll is such a chore.

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    Giant black opaque plastic envelopes? Howabout old paper boxes? Or you can even carefully put them in roll paper bags, after carefully curling them up; of course you'd need to flatten them back out unless you have a vacuum easel or one that will hold the paper flat on the edges.

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    Usually I put the paper in empty paper box then put the box into a large paper safe.

    Over kill really. If I don't have a box it just goes into the safe.

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    ingenious ideas needed

    Hmmm so it looks like people just have a handy back-catalogue
    of bags and boxes from previous paper packaging that they make do
    with.
    Reason I ask is, I'm a student of photography sharing a darkroom
    space with scores of others, and I am really interested to know
    how people get around the problems of keeping their paper
    in the complete dark. There must be some real crackers of
    ideas out there for rigging up homemade devices other than
    freezers. I recently had a big plastic pipe made
    into a paper storage tube, a plumbing place I went to actually
    welded a seal on one end and on the other end welded in a
    fitting with a screw-top. So far it is totally light safe and has changed
    my life.

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    A lot of things like plastic pipe look dark but may not be 100% dark. Sewage doesn't really care.

    What's wrong with a paper safe? They sell for peanuts on Ebay. Smaller ones aren't that expensive new.

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    I'm in Australia, and I don't think paper safes exist here..? Noone here has really
    heard of them. I haven't done a whole lot of research into sourcing them in
    this country. But when in doubt, go to ebay.
    Sewerage and photo paper actually have a lot in common, they both don't
    really benefit from being exposed to the elements, so if you buy a black
    industrial heavy duty pipe it is pretty darn safe.

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    They exist, and every now and then come up on ebay aus...

    Personally I just cut a few sheets off the roll and store in a black plastic bag, although when I have some empty boxes I'll probably use them.

    Your pipe will probably be just fine, but personally I think the curl would annoy me...

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    If any one in the UK is interested I have an old roll paper safe box that will take one 30" roll or a couple of 12" or smaller rolls. It is made of steel and has a cutter on the inner lid. It is in need of renovation but that should not be too difficult. If any one wants this they can have it if they can collect it.



 

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