Quote Originally Posted by Rudeofus View Post
You don't need Silver Sulfate complexes and I'm not even sure these exist. Silver Sulfate is water soluble on its own.
The bleach converts the Ag(0) to silver sulfates complexes that, as you say, are readily water soluble. So it "eats" away the negative image leaving the positive one to be fogged and developed later.

Clearing bath, as I understand it, only "neutralizes" the bleach and converts Cr(IV) to Cr(III).