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    Albumen Plates - Experiences anyone?

    I finally have the time and funds to embark on some handmade photo materials, and the idea of Albumen plates seems pretty interesting.

    Mark Osterman has a PDF online that seems to have some good instructions, and a search of Google Books pulls up some info from the ancient texts.

    I guess what I'm asking for is a few things.
    1.) Has anyone tried this before? If so, what was your experience?
    2.) The silver bath - most recommendations seem to be around 9-10% silver nitrate in water, with some acetic acid. Is this infinitely usable and replenish able like Wet Plate baths?

    Feedback / comments of any kind would be super!

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    get the Christopher James book and follow the zoe zimmerman matte method....worked like a charm for me....the paper is also important...arches 88 works great for this....

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    To clarify; not albumen PRINTS, albumen negatives, coated on glass.

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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    Nope, like this:
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...BkDXh6bF_5o6Pg

    Warning: PDF link

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    The silver bath must be replenished if you dip the plate in the silver bath, if you coat with a brush (not recommended for this process) no replenishment necessary. After reading the instructions by Mark Osterman I advise you to bring a good book to your photoshoot. An alternative to the pure albumen process could be the albumen-collodion process faster and dryplate.

    Good luck
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    When you say replenished, you mean that silver nitrate, water and acetic acid must be added to the bath as I go, yes?

    Does it have a shelf-life?

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    A replenischment is probably necessary after 6 or so plates, maybe you can find a replenisher formula for the process.
    I found this detailed description of this process on the Albumen site
    http://albumen.conservation-us.org/l...9/albnegp.html
    If you can speak french here's the link to a book written by the inventor of the process Abel Niepce de St. Victor with a description of the process. Incidently he also experimented with gelatine.http://books.google.at/books?id=af-z...page&q&f=false

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    Well ... seeing as how nobody seems to have tried this, I'm just going to have to give it a go and report back!



 

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