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    Nuclear Dry-Down

    The night before last I needed to make some 11x14s on a paper that I hadn't used for years. I had no idea what the dry-down charicteristics were and I didn't want to get up the next morning and find everything that I did in the session was either too dark or too light, (from over compensation).
    Luckily, I happened to remember that a few folks in the APUG forums had mentioned using a microwave oven to quickly dry test strips as a method to preview dry-down. I tried it and it worked great! A minute of nuking the strip and I was able to print with an accurate preview of it's dry tone in hand.
    I don't remember the specific individuals who have mentioned it so I'll just thank APUG as a whole. What a great resource!
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    ha! Microwaves
    It is so funny how nuclear gets tossed together with microwaves being 2 completely different things.....

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    Ansel Adams mentions this as a sign of his progressive enthusiasm for technology. It does work.
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    Should we have silver in the microwaves??

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    I haven't experienced any arcing from prints in the microwave or set any test strips on fire yet.
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    why not, you put aluminum in there each time you make popcorn
    The amount of silver in a print is very small and it is not a "sheet" but a bunch of "grains", and while it's wet I doub;t you'll see any sparks or burnout.

    And you can have stainless in there as well (have none of you left a spoon in your morning coffe?)
    Metals and microwaves are a very interesting combination, the fact is that it was a lot safer to tell the public DO NOT put metals in the microwave than it was to say you can put metasl in the microwave if so and so conditions are met.... it would have been a lawsuit in the making
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by titrisol
    ha! Microwaves
    It is so funny how nuclear gets tossed together with microwaves being 2 completely different things.....
    I _almost_ used the word "nukular" just to distinguish actual science from popular convenience food preparation vernacular.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    I first learned about using the microwave from Adams "The Print". I often will put an 8X10 in the microwave if I think I've got the exposure real close. I've found if I put it back into the washer it turns out the same as all of the other prints. I just make sure I rinse it for a minute or two to get off the majority of the fix before microwaving.
    "When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers"
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    I was more concerned about the moisture in the paper boiling almost immediately and causing some sort of physical problems. No prob. The strip comes out dry and slightly warm. Very nice.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    It doesn't work so well for RC papers. I have had the print melt and bubble. Works great for fiber. I picked up a working microwave for free at the dump. It seems there is always one there at the "next to new" shed. Also great to heat up water for mixing chemicals.

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