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    Paper for Argryotypes?

    Hi All,

    I was recently given two Bostick & Sullivan Argyrotype kits(minus instructions). I loaned one of my books out to a friend, but as I recall Argryotypes require very specific paper requirements.

    Does anyone have any suggestion for a good paper to try? I have been doing Kallitypes for a while, but need to order more paper. If I can get a paper that can be used for both that would be great.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Gary
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    Paper most important

    Hi Gary

    You are correct, Argyrotype is most particular about paper. I have been using DIY sensitizer since Feb this year and have had bother finding useful paper. I love Kallitype on COT320 developed with sodium acetate but was hoping for a longer tonal range. Argyrotype doesn't work on COT320 or Platinotype. I suggest you start with Whatman CP paper (from New York Central), lovely rich brown dark tones and cheap too. I have tried the new Weston diploma parchment but can't recommend it because the image doesn't stick to the paper during washing. I am now using Buxton but it is not exactly working and so expensive that testing is out of the question.

    Good luck and keep us posted as to your Argyrotype adventures ... John

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    PAper for Argyrotype

    Try Lenox 100 from Daniel Smith. It also works well with Kallitypes and palladium prints. For argyrotype, you might play around with adding tween and/or precoating the paper with 5% oxalic acid.

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    John & John

    Thanks for the information. I finally got my book back and searched around a little bit and come to the conclusion Argyrotypes are almost too finicky but I will give the Lenox 100 a try.

    Thank you both!

    Gary
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    Yeah- I keep wanting to try it, but every time I re-read the argyrotype entry in Christopher James' book I get discouraged too!

    [btw- love your signature]

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    I have found it works well on Rising Stonehenge without any treatment to the paper. It does not work on Platine though.

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    Thanks to all of you!!

    Wasnt Rising Stonehenge discontinued a while ago or is my memory just playing tricks on me.

    Too much sushi doing bad things to my brain maybe.

    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by coriana6jp View Post
    Thanks to all of you!!

    Wasnt Rising Stonehenge discontinued a while ago or is my memory just playing tricks on me.

    Too much sushi doing bad things to my brain maybe.

    Gary
    Fabriano 5 works with Agyrotype.

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    Source for Fabriano 5

    My usual search sources (Daniel Smith, Dick Blick, Jerry's Artarama) don't carry Fabriano 5. Can you suggest a United States vendor?
    Thank you,
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    I've been using the B&S argyrotype kit on Cranes Cover (I know it has another name, but that's what the label on the package says) with what seem to me to be good results (YMMV - I had never seen an argyrotype in person before I did one myself). I know I need to try some other papers but have not done so yet. Time to go paper shopping...
    Benno Jones
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