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    Quote Originally Posted by Anton Lukoszevieze View Post
    it is much cheaper to mix your own......

    And if you find the process is not for you, there are a crap load of chemicals, potentially dangerous chemicals, sitting around.

    This seems to be the best method to try the process. You have sufficient chemicals to do a decent number of plates and build up a good solid addiction. After you exhaust these, you start cooking your own up..

    I also don't want to spend my learning time trouble shooting chemicals in the mixing stage.
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    Yes it is cheaper but not everybody wants to have a bottle of Ether or collodion at home then there is the Alcohol many states do not allow the sale of pure grain 190 proof
    and to ship the ether you have to pay a hazmat fee and special box , scale then there is the actual mixing and filtering of both the colloid and the Varnish so cheaper is a variable that people that will like to try the process may not want to get into of the get go
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    On an amber bottle well protected from heat it should last ( depending where you live) 4 to 6 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Corneau View Post
    Thanks, folks.

    It's all useful to me. Right now the priority is finding someone for one-on-one instruction. If I'm honest, I'll admit that's my ideal way of learning especially on something I have no previous foundation in. I also have one of Ty Guillory's wonderful hand-made cameras and would like to have my initial learning happen on that.
    From what I understand, Colin, wet plate can leave pretty nasty stains on cameras. Don't know if you want to use a nice camera! For the next APUG Pacific NW get-together (Eureka, CA, Oct 2010), I have a wet plate demo lined up. I am looking forward to seeing it done!

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    You have sufficient chemicals to do a decent number of plates and build up a good solid addiction. After you exhaust these, you start cooking your own up.. LOL

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    I had that worry as well, but was correctly informed that these stains become badges of honor!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    From what I understand, Colin, wet plate can leave pretty nasty stains on cameras. Don't know if you want to use a nice camera! For the next APUG Pacific NW get-together (Eureka, CA, Oct 2010), I have a wet plate demo lined up. I am looking forward to seeing it done!

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    Silver stains are in a way badges of honour, the process is such a wonderful one in so many ways that the cosmetic degradation of the camera is incidental. The chemicals are not dangerous if treated with respect, collodion at home is not dangerous, ether one has to be careful with (I keep it in an outhouse in a locked chest). The Bostick collodion uses cadmium, something I wouldn't want to use in my collodion.............. and of course silver nitrate has to be treated with respect.

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    For anyone interested in some instruction, the Rayko Photography Center in San Francisco has an excellent series of wet plate classes. The field classes use Rayko's mobile darkroom.

    http://raykophoto.com/?page_id=923
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    That is correct Andrew !
    that is why the practitioners are call Black Paws
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    Hah! Badges of honour... love it.

    Ty's cameras are truly beautiful things, but they are specifically made for wetplate, so I suppose one has to accept a few 'badges' along the way.

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