Dichromate on Paper - hmm
To test the question I posed eariler about sodium dichromate being light sensitive, I coated some of my tray cleaner with a brush onto paper, let it dry, and put it out into the sun (errr, what little there is on a slighlty cloudy day with snow all over). Within about a half hour, it turned from its yellow - orange color to a nice deep brownish - red - orange. (A section underneath a piece of foil remained unchanged). Wala- light sensitive.
Trying it again with a negative didn't work too well as my highest - contrast stuff is still a bit lacking for it (and a bit too small, probably, as its all 120 stuff - all the 4x5 negs. are not as good).
The image resulting after 50 minutes was very low contrast on the page, but the clearest areas of the negative were visible as dark patches on the paper. The rest of the detail did not come out so well. I'm sure that more exposure could have helped.
I'm going to play with this to see what I can do.
I've thought of neutralizing the sulfuric acid in the tray cleaner with sodium hyrdoxide, though that leaves me with aqueous sodium sulfate (yes?) to deal with. So, I'll bite the bullet and it's off to Photo Formulary to buy some dichromate.
Also to figure out what to do to kill the light sensitivity after exposure - precipitate it in the paper to some other chromium compound perhaps?