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    Mercury in Photography Today

    I am aware of the problems with Mercury.
    Here is the question:
    Is Mercury used at all in any of the alternate processes.
    I am in possession of a small quantity, about 3-4 oz. liquid measure. What do I do with it?

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    Why not contact your local poison control center. Also, if you have any nearby universities or colleges, they will have a waste disposal program for such materials.
    "Only dead fish follow the stream"

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    It is still used in making daguerreotypes, but that's something you don't start up casually just to use a few ounces of mercury.

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    mercury chloride makes the best negative intensifier there is.

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    I've seen mercuric chloride in some toner recipes, but it is nothing that I've wanted to fool around with, and I've never heard of a use for straight mercury besides daguerrotypes.
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    Well u can make a mercury intensifier that looks pretty cool although i just found the recipe and it aint wat i thought it was but here it is anyway!

    Mercury chloride powder 13g
    Magnesium sulphate purified powder 60g
    Potassium Iodide USP granular 30g
    Sodium Sulphite anhydrous (desiccated) 15g

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    i did notice that but as my chemistry isn't that good and don't know how easy it is to form i just wrote it anyway

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    Liquid mercury is virtually useless in any photo process except Dauguerrotypes.

    As for mercury salts, it is critical to know whether you need mercurIC or mercurOUS salts as one will work and the other will not in a particular formulation. So, in the intensifier formula above, the salt is ambiguous as the ending on the word is not correct chemically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Liquid mercury is virtually useless in any photo process except Dauguerrotypes.

    As for mercury salts, it is critical to know whether you need mercurIC or mercurOUS salts as one will work and the other will not in a particular formulation. So, in the intensifier formula above, the salt is ambiguous as the ending on the word is not correct chemically.

    PE
    Right; it is mercuric chloride, of course.

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    Hi,
    Perhaps Kirk can "keep it with his". You might contact Photographer's Formulary to get in touch with Jerry Sp....? He teaches a workshop there that teaches you to make something kinda sorta like a Dag.,but dose not involve mercury. But Jerry dose privately make his own real Dags. He may take it off your hands.
    Bill

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