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    For my DIY UV box I bought up Noma Back Light Blue compact fluorecents. I found mine at Canadian Tire. My initial effort used 2 bulbs for a 4x5 box. I proofed the concept, and scaled up to 9 lamps to allw me to print up to 11x14. I use it with Dr Mike Ware's Cyanotype formula, and find my exposure times are between 20 and 60 minutes depending on how dense the negative is.
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    The real value of a self contained contact printer is when there are many prints to be made. One can set up dodging masks with paper tissue on a stage below the neg. It is said to take a long time to set up, but once the setup is right, contact prints can be made very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilde View Post
    . I use it with Dr Mike Ware's Cyanotype formula, and find my exposure times are between 20 and 60 minutes depending on how dense the negative is.
    That's really slow, I would rather sun print.
    Don Bryant

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    Quote Originally Posted by donbga View Post
    That's really slow, I would rather sun print.
    So would I, but in the winter around here it can be a long wait for the sun to make itself seen. Plus most times when thesn is nice and strong I am at work, doing the wage slave thing.

    The UV bulbs were bought using Canadian Tire money, which is a script that you can use as cash at the retailer. I generated my script 3 and 4$ at a time fuelling the cars at their gas bars. So cash out of pocket for my DIY solution was almost nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilde View Post
    So cash out of pocket for my DIY solution was almost nothing.
    Gotta love that!
    Don Bryant

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