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Re: Frame color for cyanotype


I've done a lot of cyanotype, and platinum/palladium, and I've always used Nielson's German Silver frame-- which I thought looked especially good with pt/pd, but I also used it for cyanotype. They have different profiles, but I particularly like this wider very flat profile they have. I've recently moved away from metal frames, though-- just because I found they scratched too easily-- so I don't use it much anymore. But that German Silver seems to have a particular color cast to it that goes well with just about anything, from my perspective. I've since gone to wood frames, though, which-- all in all-- I like a lot better.


On Oct 13, 2008, at 1:01 PM, Katharine Thayer wrote:

Hi Carole, I was sort of waiting for someone who prints cyanotype to jump in here, since I don't. But I do often print monochrome gum prints in Prussian blue, which is essentially the same compound that makes up a cyanotype; these prints are often mistaken for cyanotypes, and I find the pewter-colored frames as compatible with that color as with other colors of gum. But I'm a little confused; I'm probably not the one who recommended the particular frame you list, since I've always used American Frame's aluminum frame which while it is definitely a pewter-ish color, is listed as "German silver." So I don't know if the pewter-colored frame you mention is the same color as the frames I use.

Not sure that's helpful, but it's the best I can do. I'll take my name off the subject line and maybe someone who has a favorite frame color for cyanotype will chime in and offer a helpful suggestion. Good luck,

On Oct 12, 2008, at 2:33 PM, gumprint@gmail.com wrote:

Hello Katherine,

A while ago you recommended framingsupplies.com's aluminum frame "Old World Pewter" color #23 style 85 for alt prints. It is the perfect color for me for gum and vandyke and I have been using them exclusively. However, cyanotype just doesn't work with it, especially when I use a non-white . . more like eggshell paper. I find black too harsh and silver looks ridiculous. Any suggestions?



Carole Hollander

Large Format and Alternative Photographic Processes Gathering
(Meeting monthly in Metro Washington DC)