have fun contact printing,
i get my negatives bullet proof ( like mortenson suggests )
and do long exposures with regular enlarging paper and a 300w bulb.
long exposures meaning 100-120seconds ...
contact prints can be really special ...

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if you are doing darkroom work at home
go to home depot and get 5gal homer buckets
to store your spent chemicals in.
not all darkroom chemicals are coffee and laundry detergent ...
find out what might be right to dispose of your darkroom waste safely and legally in your area ...
in some places pouring then down the drain might not be the best thing to do ...
you can get something called a silver magnet ( i may be selling / distributing them within a month or so )
it is small 40-45$ unit that will plate out up to 30 troy oz of silver from your spent fix. ...

when it is dry ... mail it to the company (pouch sold with the unit ) and they mail you a check
not for all 30oz but just about all of it ... no minimums no hassles - they send in bulk
so there is never a minimum ... ( and silver prices seem to be going up )