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    Platinum printing and the use of fumed silica

    I read on Dick Sullivan's blog the other day about the use of Fumed Silica and gave it a try. I have posted a short essay on Facebook about this easy process.

    I thought the results were worth sharing. I made the portfolio public so I think we can all see it even if we're not friended.


    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...2723189&type=1

    Feel free to comment.

    Apologies to those who can't see the essay, here is a comparison of the difference.

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    Image on the left, normal development process, image on the right, the use of fumed silica applied to paper before coating with metals.
    Last edited by Robert Hall; 02-20-2012 at 10:04 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Added image
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    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    I have edited the original in order to add an image.

    Cheers
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    Looks very nice! Do you really have a tanning bed for contact printing?

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    Heh. No. It's a long running joke. Once I had a show to finish and my light source died, so I took my prints down to the tanning salon to finish them up. The girl at the counter just couldn't put the concept together. I paid for an hour and sat in the waiting room.
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    Yes, we've been playing with Fumed silica with other processes as well. It looks promising for many alt processes, including cyanotypes, kallitypes, albumen, etc. We're now just experimenting with another fumed coating (not sure if I am of privileged to discuss it here) that looks to have the same benefits of fumed silica with PT/PD printing, except with a slightly cooler tone rather than warmer which appears to occur with the silica.

    It's all very exciting stuff! Thanks for experimenting!
    K.S. Klain

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    The difference looks quite impressive!

    If I may say... posting your essay on APUG rather than Facebook might be a wiser investment in the "analog" future. On facebook it's, for all intents and purpsoses, private, whereas APUG is viewable by anyone and search engines will find it.

    Then again, maybe you'd prefer it that way. But I for one encourage you to consider posting the essay here, or maybe even in the articles section. It certainly seems like an important contribution to the art..

    cheers, C.h.

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    All I get is a "Content Not Aavailable" error message. But I don't, and don't plan to, have a FB account.

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    Time constraints, Greg.

    I will do that, for sure. (I was just sitting on the couch last night and FB was up.

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    Dick Sullivan who has been experimenting with and promoting the use of fumed silica has a pdf available here at his Bostick & Sullivan site (not the store site). It looks interesting. I haven't tried it but a friend of mine is using it. He says he prefers using it in solution rather than dry; says he finds it easier to get an even coating.

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