I am a bit confused, probably its because my lack of english skills, but did i misread that its possible to make faint images?
Originally Posted by Loris Medici
I am not talking about sharp, high contrast images, just a basic method for a litle experimenting.
I have bought a "face sun" at a fleamarket (3 Euro=$4), they are available at ebay and other sources for about 5-20 dollars.
( http://images.google.com/images?q=gesichtsbr%C3%A4uner )
It has 4 UV lamps and therefore probably works much faster then the sun, unfortunaly I have just tried wine and red beat juice with small samples in the sun (I left it out there for 3 weeks due to bad weather all the time).
Wow that's really cheap for a facial tanning unit. I paid something like 20GBP for mine, I think. I haven't tried anthotypes under the facial tanning unit... I've only recently figured out that I could prop up the unit so it's face down (resting on 4 120 spools) so my cyanotype contact print exposure times are down to about 4-5 minutes (!)
I'll have to go back to experimenting with the anthotypes sometime, but I've signed myself up to quite a few print exchanges on here so I'm thinking more about them at the moment.
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Well, using wine/juice its pretty easily preperated, I just let regular paper soak overnight, but I'll get some "sokier" paper for the anthotypes ;-)
Yes it was really a good deal, and they seem to get more expensive at ebay too, but the german auction site hood has them still cheap (under 10 Euros).
The fleamarket was pure luck. It was a smaller indoor fleamarket and I got it at the last stand ;-)
I tried the anthotype with IR-Light and regular light, but that had no effect. I was hoping the UV light will reduce the process to a few hours, but I am sceptical. Since the device is good use for cyanotype and almost any other process (also for electronic boards) there is no money lost.
I might build some casing as others did, but I guess I could just stand stuff infront of it.
Any idea how long these units can run before overheating? (at least the IR-Bulb we have is only suitable for up to 20 minutes)
Mine is turned on and off by a built in timer. It's set at a maximum of 60minutes... Please note that these are NOT meant to be stared at and I generally leave the room completely when I'm running mine. They're suppose to come with little goggles to protect your eyes if you're using them to get a tan on your face.
I found my times just standing a frame up in front of it, about 1 foot (30cm) away from it took 30+minutes for cyanotype compared to the 120 spool height times of 4-5minutes. I'd definitely suggest building something, even if it is just resting it on a neat pile of books on either end to hold it up.
Thanks for the info.
Mine has a 30 minute timer and I was wondering if devices like this can run longer if its not intended for tanning.
Yes, I have googles and intend to not be close to it
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I've had mine going for about 1hr 30minutes and it didn't feel too warm on the outside or anything so I don't think they overheat too readily. Fluorescent bulbs don't put out too much heat, not like an IR or tungsten bulb would anyway.