You will keep us all posted about how you get on with this new project won't you? I, for one, am very interested...
Will Do! as soon as i get the dark room up and running, i'll try to find out the availability of the chemicals needed.
I'm currently trying to find out how to make my own wet plate holder, as trying to find a used holder to modify will be next to impossible.
All this talk of wetplate images... I want to build another camera anyway, the actual body of which is not a problem, but does anyone know where I can find out a bit more about the wetplate backs? I don't think that constructing one would be too difficult (I'm really fortunate to have a fairly well stocked workshop ), but I need to find out what I'm trying to build!
The great and glorious thing about wet plate backs is that A: there is no standard T-distance from the lip to the focal plane, and B: because there's no standard distance, you don't need tight tolerances. Most purpose-built wet plate cameras have square backs, and the plate holders have inserts that allow for vertical or horizontal plate positioning without having to rotate the holder and/or the camera back.
Bill: I don't have any LF filmholders (any more) and I'll be making my own back - I want to make one anyway for dry-plate usage, so I might as well do another for wet-plate too.
Scott: from what I've seen so far, the wet-plate back has a darkslide, an opening that only holds the plates by the corners, with the plate placed into position from the rear. Presumably there is some form of pressure applied to the plate via a flat spring. Oh, and some additional 'depth' to capture the silver. Does that just about sum up what there is? Or do I need to know more!