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Re: Flattening Paper- Mini Tutorial

Judy and John,
Yes, I meant that I give the surface of the Plexiglass a ''key'', or I could say a ''tooth'' so that the gelatine will hold the paper down flat. Without this key the paper would release too easily from the support and this would defeat the aim of the operation which is to keep the paper stuck down through multiple coatings and cold soak developments used in Gum and other processes.
I found it was well worth the hassle of dividing up large 2mm sheets of Plexiglass ( Perspex in UK ) into smaller formats to cut out the annoying business of curled paper drying.
Thanks Judy and John for helping to clarify my point.
John - Photographist - London - UK

----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy Seigel" <jseigel@panix.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 9:22 PM
Subject: RE: Flattening Paper- Mini Tutorial

On Sat, 3 May 2008, john@johnbrewerphotography.com wrote:

Hi Judy,

Not that the question was aimed at me, but I think "keyed Plexi" means
roughened Plexiglass.

John B.
Thanks John -- it seems to fit the context, tho the term itself does seem counterintuitive: I took "keyed" to mean "cut to shape."