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    DIY Slosher Tray

    I found this thing at a garage sale and it makes a perfect slosher tray. Any idea what it is so I can find more?
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    I saw that exact thing offered on eBay a while back. The description said the seller didn't know what it was. I just assumed it was a purpose-made darkroom item. I forgot to bid on it. Would have only been a couple of dollars. I've never seen another, but like you I'd like to...

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    If it's not specifically for photography, could it be for basting or marinating?
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    What is a "slosher-tray"? The dictionary at hand does not know.

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    AgX: It is the common term for a sheet film insert for a developing tray that keeps sheets separated. It allows you to tray develop multiple sheets without manual handling (shuffling) - although obviously not as many sheets at the same time. It is also very useful for applying intermittent and/or reduced agitation techniques to sheet film development.

    Although I'm not certain of this, I believe John Sexton may have coined the term. At least that was they guy I first heard use the word.

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    that definitely look like some "skilled" or "trendy" cooking tool, imho. never seen one before, i must say...

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    Hello;
    Is the tray made of Pyrex or simular oven cookware? Looks like a device to bake custard in the oven. Just my two cents, Steven

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    Just for clarification, the item referred to is made of stainless wire. (My best guess was that it was a stationery sorter.) The white tray is a standard darkroom tray.
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    It is a slosher tray made of stainless wire. I have three of these for various sizes of film.
    I call them "baskets" since they are not really trays.
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    Gerry Butler made them specifically for LF sheet development. I would not classify these as DIY, rather DIH (did it himself). He bent the SS wire around forms and soldered them in sizes from 4x5 to 11x14, until his hands became too arthritic. He was already retired when I bought mine (2 – 5x7) out of his remaining stock 10 years ago.



    Congratulations on the find, they are the best of the slosher–basket designs.


    BTW, when using pyro developers (possibly others as well), you should be using a developing tray one size larger than the basket and not skimp on developer, for even results.
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