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    Ambrotypes--Will this get me going?

    I've been reading the Alternative Process book one making ambrotypes and this seems to be what I'll need. Just wanted to double check before I placed the order.

    Thanks!

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    Title updated and moved to Alt. Process forum.
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    You will need 190 proof everclear as well. Not sure if your local liquor store carries that or not? For varnish, you will need Gum Sandarac, Lavender Oil, and more 190 proof grain alcohol
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    The Everclear may be a challenge. 190 proof is not available in all states and I don't know if it can be shipped. I know it isn't legal in CA or NV, so the closest for me would be UT.

    Which book are you reading? Ambrotype sounds like it might be fun.

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    Brian,
    The closest for you is more likely Arizona. You can probably pick it up at the first liquor store across the river on I-10. I get mine in Tucson when I am there for other purposes.
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    I have friends in Kentucky who can ship me ever clear so that's not a problem. I also need silver nitrate, I'm just wondering if anyone had a cheaper source for that? The lowest I've found is 1$/gm on ebay.

    Thanks for any input.

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    Call Mike at www.artcraft.com. He is the cheapest place to get silver nitate. Buy half a pound, or a full pound to get the bestprice.
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    There is an alternative to the gum sandarac for doing your varnish - Talas sells a clear acrylic varnish material that you can use and it takes a LOT less work to make than the gum sandarac version, because you don't have to filter it (unlike the gum, which you have to filter, and filter, and filter, and filter.... and get all over your hands... ). Google "Talas" to find their website - they're an archival supplies vendor for first and foremost the hand-made book trade (book restorers, etc).

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    Acrylic varnish on wet plate is NOT archival.... Sandarac is. Mark Osterman has seen issues with plate longevity with using acrylic varnish
    aswell as other substituted chemicals such as denatured alcohol instead of regular grain alcohol. Wet plate is not rocket science and is well documented. Use what works and is tried and tested. Sandarac is not hard to figure out and use once you know how.
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    I didn't see a fixer on your list...KCN or Rapid fixer...some also use Sodium Thisulphate, but is is very slow.....rgds, Kal
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