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Re: Vandyke Question

Zev, I got a lot of info on toning Van Dykes by searching the archives of this list. At first I tried very weak solutions of Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner, and found that while they did "neutralize" the colour of the prints, they also bleached them (even at high dilutions). I then moved to palladium, which is fairly economical and produces pleasing results. The colour of the prints is a very nice warm brown-black. I tone the prints for a few minutes before fixing and generally follow the directions from Wynn White's article on Unblinkingeye.


On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 11:09 AM, Zev Schmitz <zeesme@gmail.com> wrote:
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.

Jordan Wosnick