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RE: Paper for Pt/Pd

My experience with Weston:

Doesn't hold up to very warm PotOx, I now use the developer only at room temp.
Large prints tough to handle wet.
Clears very easily.
Not as fast as COT320 at same humidity.
Very sensitive to kinking at all phases in the process, requires more care in handling than COT320, Stonehenge, Fabriano Artistico.

All that being said, I mostly like it and use it, especially for first prints.

Heard that ownership or production of Weston has *changed*, and what we can find today is not the exact same as what we bought a year ago. The paper still lives on the Butler Dearden website (the company that was distributing), so not sure what the stock status.  Haven't tested the new stuff, but B&S stopped carrying it recently with very minimal explanation.

Would like to know about the new Stonehenge if anyone's tested.


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> Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 15:05:21 +0300
> From: mail@loris.medici.name
> Subject: Re: Paper for Pt/Pd
> To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
> Weston is a nice (read as compatible) paper for Pt/Pd. Notable properties:
> 1. The surface roughens after it gets wet.
> 2. The surface is very delicate when wet.
> 3. It is not as robust as say... COT 320 and such, therefore it requires
> careful handling - especially at sizes bigger than 8x10 (corners will
> easily tear if handled improperly - you can use a plexy support to lift
> the paper and transfer it to the drying rack...)
> I like the warm color. That's all I can say for now...
> Regards,
> Loris.
> 17 Eylül 2008, Çarşamba, 2:49 pm tarihinde, Jon Reid yazmış:
>> Hi all,
>> Pretty much my whole Pt/Pd printing experience has been on Arches
>> Platine, both with silver and digitally produced internegatives, with
>> the exception of some experiments with Japanese tissue papers (fun
>> when wet!!). Shortly before moving house earlier this year I
>> purchased some Cranes (Weston) Diploma Parchment after reading that
>> it was a recommended substitute for Cranes Platinotype. I purchased
>> 100 sheets in 11"x14" and packed it away while moving house.
>> Anyway, after working through winter here producing quite a number of
>> 5"x7" pyro developed negatives and I am keen to start printing with a
>> view to an exhibition. I opened the paper packet for the first time
>> last night and was surprised by how warm it was. It is also lighter
>> than I had thought (it was described in imperial on the Bostick +
>> Sullivan website and i didn't bother to convert it to metric - I just
>> assumed it would be quite heavy). Not only am I not sure that this is
>> the best paper for this series of images - due to the warm tone, but
>> i've realised that I didn't by enough to do the whole series in even
>> an edition of four for an exhibition. I still have plenty of Arches
>> Platine, and I will test print on both stocks this weekend but I
>> wanted to ask, in light of all this, what peoples paper experiences
>> and thoughts are?
>> Jon