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Re: Vandyke Question

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  • Subject: Re: Vandyke Question
  • From: Zev Schmitz <zeesme@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 11:09:50 -0500
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Not to hijack the thread but while we are on the topic I would love to poke your brains about toning van dykes.
Im trying to find a way to get a more neutral tone from van dykes and possibly a little more dmax. I want to either palladium or selenium tone my prints because gold and platinum are a little out of my price range. What are the tonal changes like from toning with either of these two? Thanks!

On Feb 23, 2008, at 8:10 AM, Scott Wainer wrote:

Thank you all for your help. I tried heating the solutions, adding more tartaric acid, and even added part c to the mix drop by drop and I still get the same result - a precipitate. I now have 800 ml of Vandyke solution. Last night I tried printing using the 2 year old sensitizer and it printed just fine when I double coated. The newer solutions printed the same as the old sensitizer once I filtered them and double coated the paper. I guess the problem is solved but I still find it strange and I have enough sensitizer to last a life-time. Thank you again.