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Re: Archival washing at home


The pump is a great idea; easy/cheap, and it would save water!  I can't help
but wonder though: how does this method affect the overall archival
qualities of the print, as opposed to keeping a constant stream of new water
in the wash?  Would it wash the print sufficiently?

Camden Hardy


On 9/24/07 4:40 AM, "John E. Simmons" <productions@johnesimmons.com> wrote:

> I do all of my wet work in my bathroom.  I made a shelf of 1-1/2 inch
> PVC tubing that runs the length of my bathtub.  That allows me to have
> two layers of trays.  For washing, I use one of those containers sold at
> Target, WalMart, etc. for storing things under the bed.  I put it at the
> bottom layer, directly in the tub, and fill it from the faucet.  I put a
> submersible aquarium pump in one corner (from the local pet store) - it
> provides motion to the water.  I change the water several times,
> depending on the process.
> juan
> Camden Hardy wrote:
>> I'm starting to get my alt lab all set up at home; if all goes to plan, I'll
>> have a NuArc in my possession about a week from now.
>> That said, I've run into a bit of a logistical dilemma that I was hoping
>> someone might have an answer to: archival washing (mostly for pt/pd prints).
>> I live in a rented apartment, which means I can't touch the plumbing.  This
>> also means that any "external" plumbing I rig up needs to be easily taken
>> down and concealed, as my landlord periodically inspects all the apartments
>> in my complex.
>> I plan to make fairly large prints, so the bathtub seems like the best place
>> to set something up.
>> I'm curious what other printers have rigged in their bathrooms/kitchens/etc.
>> (pictures would great if possible) for their final wash, and whether anyone
>> has any ideas for me.
>> Camden Hardy
>> camden[at]hardyphotography[dot]net
>> http://www.hardyphotography.net