I am in the process of learning how to do dry plates and as a part of the process I ordered some glass plate holders off e-bay. Since I don't have the holders yet I have to assume the actual size of the glass I need to get is exactly 4"x5", 5"x7" and 8"x10" based on the history of the medium. I just want to confirm before placing an order with my local glass company. I use all three format with sheet film, but I will be starting with 4x5 to make sure I can indeed master the process before going bigger.
The next issue is the thickness of the glass. It is my understanding that 2mm is the right size which in glass company language here in the US is about 5/64". I can't find a local glass company that offers this thickness. All I can find is 1/16" which is about 1.58mm. I am wondering if the 1/16" glass will work properly in the antique wooden holders? If you know of a source for new glass holders that would be an option too.
I am also looking for any ideas for proper storage of my glass plates after they have been developed. I have looked around on e-bay and if you can find any storage boxes they are very expensive because of the "antique" or vintage value. I want to properly store and archive the plates so I want to make sure that I go about this with a good plan. If anyone has a source for reasonable storage boxes or some creative ideas of a do it yourself plan I would appreciate it.