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Re: Anybody experimented with Argyrotypes?

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Thanks again for the quick response...

I have some negatives in black and white which I want to use for an exhibition using this technique (Argyrotype). I've read a couple of books which suggest that this process is more stable than a couple of other processes I was considering. Since you've experimented with this process are there any particular paper types (brands?) which you'd recommed?

I will have to mix the chemicals myself since they're not available pre-made here in Colombia.

I have some experience with the Bichromate Gum process from when I worked in Arte 2 Grafico (an artisanal/crafts workshop - http://artedos.com/ ) but this is the first time I'm experimenting with this particular process and the stability/longevity of the images to be used for the exhibition is very important.

Any other advice would be very welcome and greatly appreciated.


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2009/4/20 Loris Medici <mail@loris.medici.name>
Fernando, I did. What exactly do you want to know?

The first thing to mention is that it's a very picky process when it comes
to paper choices; you have to use the best and purest papers.

Also, it's better to tone the image in gold before fixing, if you value
longevity that is; colloidal silver in paper is pretty vulnerable... And
the color + darkness is beautiful that way. (Pt or Pd toning also is
possible, but, personally, I got best results with gold.)

It's pretty easy to mix the solution - definitely more complex than
Vandykes (if you have to compound silver oxide yourself) but not a big
deal. Mix a volume enough for a couple of months (not longer than 5-6
months), the solution will deteriorate and silver out as time passes.


20 Nisan 2009, Pazartesi, 2:41 am tarihinde, fernando cruz florez yazmýþ:
> ...
> I was wondering if there's anybody out there who's worked with Argyrotypes
> willing to share their experiences and tips/tricks for the process.
> ...