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Re: Weston Diploma Parchment

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  • From: Jon Reid <jon@sharperstill.com>
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I didn't find the paper too difficult to handle when wet. I used worse
certainly. What I did discover was that it buckled more during
coating, which led to some sharpness problems in my printing frame. I
may have to modify my frame somewhat.

I also noticed that some of the colour seemed to 'wash out' during the
first clear. I'll post some pics later from my home comp. I also have
trouble finding the 'front' of the paper and realise that more care is
required in coating to not disrupt the surface.

From my email this morning the gentleman at Butler-Dearden was
offering samples (not sure if it will apply to me in Australia) once
he has inventory of the stock. Anyone care to comment on the
differences of opinion between Melody at B+S and the new paper's


2008/10/22 Jeremy Moore <jeremydmoore@gmail.com>:
> Neal, that's what I've done and had no problem printing 16x20 images
> on the paper. Glad to hear there's a new version ready. I've still got
> quite a few sheets of the "old" weston diploma so I'll go through that
> first and hopefully someone can test the new paper and old
> side-by-side (I'll do this if someone will send me a couple sheets of
> the new).
> -jeremy-
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 5:09 PM, Neal Wilson <wilsonneal@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I am interested in learning how the new paper performs. It's fragility is a pain, but I like the tonality and price. I am thinking about trying fiberglass window screen material as a backing when handling sheets larger than 11x14.
>> Neal
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jon Reid <jon@sharperstill.com>
>> Sent: 10/21/2008 9:54:03 PM
>> To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
>> Subject: Weston Diploma Parchment
>> Hi all,
>> A while ago I posted on my thoughts regarding Weston Diploma
>> Parchment and received some feedback from the list. I have run a few
>> trial prints with interesting results and will inform the list
>> separately of that trial. Around the same time as I posted to the
>> list I had been in touch with someone at ButlerDearden, regarding
>> stocks of the paper in case I chose to go with it for an upcoming
>> exhibition. I was told none more existed.
>> This morning I received an email from John M. Zokowski of Butler-
>> Dearden Paper who informed me that "when we
>> traded emails back in September, we were on the cusp of a trial paper
>> run, which
>> ultimately proved to be the last trial required to determine that we
>> had in fact reincarnated
>> the Weston paper.  The new name is Weston Diploma Parchment Plat-Pal."
>> A PDF dedicated to the "new" paper can be found here:
>> http://www.butlerdearden.com/docs/Weston%20Diploma%20Parchment%
>> 20Plat.pdf
>> I'll post to the list later, after work, with my findings and some
>> pics from my trial of the 'old' Weston Diploma Parchment, which I
>> sourced, by the way, from Bostick + Sullivan. Melody from Bpstick +
>> Sullivan told me, in an email dated 7 October 2008, "The Weston paper
>> is still being made, however in a different factory. It no longer
>> works for alt process printing. The nature of the paper changed when
>> they moved the manufacturing to the new plant. They are using the
>> same raw materials, but it does not respond the same to the chemicals."
>> Jon Reid
>> Sydney, Australia