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    "New" Paper for Platinum/Palladium

    I have some good paper news, especially for current and former users of Cranes Platinotype (aka Cranes Crest Natural White Wove, Cranes Business Card Stock, Artificial Parchment, etc.)

    With the recent problems with the “Platinotype Black Plague”, many are looking for other options. There is a “new” 50-year-old paper that found me recently. I got a call a few weeks ago from John Zokowski from Butler-Dearden Paper Co., a Crane’s distributor offering samples of Byron-Weston’s Diploma Parchment paper for me to test with pt/pd printing. (Byron-Weston is a subsidiary of Cranes.) This paper has been made for 50+ years and is used for diplomas and other formal documents. This paper is manufactured a bit on the acidic side, which is a good thing for pt/pd and other iron processes. No pretreatment is necessary.

    To make a long story short, this is the paper Platinotype should have been but never was (at least not for a long time…) It produces a rich black and a nice warm tone with pure palladium. It’s a bit on the thin side at 177 gsm, so for large prints, in needs to be handled with care. It’s also a bit on the yellow side for my taste, but a whiter version and thicker version are in the works. It seems to clear very easily and also seems to be relatively black-spot-free. Finally, where it really shines over Platinotype is that the surface remains nice and smooth after processing. It doesn’t take on the fuzzy surface of processed Platinotype. And, to top it off, it is very reasonably priced.

    Go here http://www.crane.com/business/weston...palladium.aspx for info. Contact John Zokowski for pricing and to place an order. Attached is a scan of a print on Weston’s Diploma Parchment. Happy printing!
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    great news and thanks for the update and contact information Kerik.
    nice of you to provide the feedback.

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    Thanks Kerik, I'll give it a try.

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    Good news indeed, Thanks for the testing and the update Kerik!!
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    actually it is a very versitle paper. Not only platinum but Van Dykes, and cyanotypes are marvelous on this paper. Interesting tidbit, it was orginally developed to be a digital printer paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie View Post
    Interesting tidbit, it was orginally developed to be a digital printer paper.
    I don't think that's true. According to John, this paper has been manufactured the same way for over 50 years.

    One thing that I think helps with contamination and black spot issues is that the machinery used to make this paper is all stainless steel to meet a government spec, I believe. It should work well for all the iron processes.
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    Thanks Kerik. I will order some right away. Hopefully B&S will begin carrying it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerik View Post
    It should work well for all the iron processes.
    Great, maybe I'll give it a shot for my Kallitypes.
    Thanks for the tip Kerik.
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    Ive corresponded quite a bit today with John Zokowski after seeing Keriks post.
    he is quite helpful, quick to respond, and knowledgeable about papers. Hopefully I will be getting some of this soon to try out.

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    I ordered a sample of the paper. I am looking forward to pulling a print with it. The price is certainly right...It will work out to about 75 cents a sheet for my uses.
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