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    How to print with "interesting" borders?

    I'm wanting to finish some of my prints with borders that are not crisp and clean. I can achieve precise edges with my easel but it doesn't always suit the image. I'm interested in any techniques that people are using to provide non standard edges to their prints. My preference usually is to have some space between the edge of the print and the edge of the matting board, so that some base paper white is clearly visible.
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    hi gregmacc

    you could get 2 pieces of matboard and make a window mount and use that instead of an easel ..
    you could also talk an exacto blade and chip away at the emulsion, or scrape some of it off
    with a blade/emory board..
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    You can hack your own carrier (foamcore board, black plastic bag, etc.) and roughing it up as much as you want, or you could even swab or brush fixer around the border of your paper, wash, then expose.
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    file out negative carrier has been a tool of choice for many years.
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    Great ideas people ... can't wait to start experimenting

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    Construction paper - rip it so you don't have a straight edge, and tape it to the blades of your easel.

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    For 135 negatives I cut a 36x24 window into a piece of stiff paper (a file folder) and then roughed up the edges with a scalpel. Works well, and has the added advantage of keeping the glass from pressing right down the negative which can cause newtons rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul VanAudenhove View Post
    Construction paper - rip it so you don't have a straight edge, and tape it to the blades of your easel.
    Fold it along the line you want before you rip it. The construction paper I have tears all to pieces if you don't "encourage" it to be kinda straight.
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    Use some paint-on emulsion and only coat the middle of the paper.

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    Michael reminded me of another technique that works well for tearing the edges of the fiber prints themselves. Instead of folding the paper to keep the rip going the right way, what you do is use a fine-tipped brush to 'draw' your border with water. Over and over until the paper has lines soaked down it, weakening the paper. Then you grasp the print with the wet line over the edge of a table and rip the border down and off. This really looks nice with step-off mounting.
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