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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    4x5 Format
    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
    Between the squeegeeing and the drying face down, my prints normally dry quite flat, unless they dry too fast. Then they curl like the dickens.
    I have had a problem with the edges drying in a ruffled fashion where the print will actually develop a crease in the drymount press. This, too, comes from drying too fast. I spray the back of the print lightly with distilled water, let it soak in and then go to the drymount press. This avoids fixes the problem.

  2. #22

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Medium Format
    Quote Originally Posted by jeroldharter
    I am getting frustrated with my print drying screens.
    I'll suggest a less used and much less mentioned
    alternate approach. Old Timers may have used Burke
    & James's stack dryers. Some may have read the article
    Drying Fiber Base Prints Flat at www.luminos.com The twists
    included below are technique of my own invention.

    Sponge dry the print on a clean counter. Keep a sponge
    or sponges just for the purpose. Pre-wet the sponge with
    tap water then rinse with distilled. Squeeze dry. Draw the
    sponge first over one side then flip the print and repeat.
    Do once again both sides. Draw slowly so as to pull
    moisture from the print. A sponge will preferably
    draw the water rather than squeeze the
    water from a print.

    The print or prints will be sooner out of the stack if they
    are given several minutes of free air drying. Do place
    them in the stack prior to warping.

    Do not do as Luminos suggests. Use A flute corrugated
    board and hydrophobic separator sheets. The term Luminos
    uses is "sandwich". From bottom up the "sandwich" is built
    corrugated, separator, print, separator, corrugated. The
    completed stack must have some weight placed on top.
    Few or many prints may be dried Flat with little space
    taken up. No sheets of glass or heated presses are
    needed. The entire assembly is very light weight.
    Setting it out of the way is no problem.

    Thin hydrophobic material is available at any fabric store.
    That A Flute Ventilator Corrugated Board is another matter.
    I've only found it to size 12 x 18; 12 sheets $6.95 from
    www.forestry-suppliers.com . I'll try to track down
    it's source. Dan

  3. #23

    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Quote Originally Posted by jeroldharter
    I am getting frustrated with my print drying screens.
    January 1, 2006, from Lloyd Erlick,

    I got so frustrated with my screens I threw them away.

    I decided to follow a 'no touch' policy with all my photosensitive materials. While my prints are wet, their image areas are touched by *nothing*. (Well, they're touched by solutions and water, but you get the idea...).

    I dry my FB prints by hanging from a line. The last thing I do after hanging them is to sluice distilled water down both sides of the sheet. After that they air dry.

    I've put a much more detailed description of what I do on my website (www.heylloyd.com). Click the 'technical' button in the table of contents.

    Lloyd Erlick Portraits, Toronto.
    voice: 416-686-0326
    email: portrait@heylloyd.com
    net: www.heylloyd.com

  4. #24
    Dave Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Middle England
    Medium Format
    An excellent, and interesting article Lloyd. Coincidentally the method you describe is the very one I have used for some time; and have been trying to improve on – with no success whatsoever I might add. So maybe I will stick with the plastic clothes pegs after all.
    Regards Dave.

    An English Eye

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