[alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed

Loris Medici mail at loris.medici.name
Sun Aug 8 13:59:18 GMT 2010

  In my case, it was 2 litre jar with little (100-150ml) in bottom. 
Maybe the students in the photo centre didn't pay attention to seal the 
bottle carefully. Anyway, I think many will prefer something other than 
formalin for the job -> especially considering it's hard to purchase in 
some parts of the world.


08.08.2010 16:52, John Brewer yazmış:
> I mix up 1 litre at a time and that lasts about two years plus and I've never had any problems. Obviously it is kept in a sealed jar.
> J.
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>    FWIW, formalin indeed preserve the gum solution, BUT, you have to use
> it up relatively quickly: Formalin will evaporate slowly, to the point
> of not being able to protect your solution - especially true in case
> there's a little remainder solution in a large container. At least
> that's my experience...
> Therefore, my preference is towards dry / soluble preservators. I
> personally use sodium benzoate, but aspirin looks definitely very
> interesting - especially for people who don't want to purchase / stock
> an extra chemical (such as thymol + alcohol or sodium benzoate or the
> dangerous mercuric chloride) in order to preserve their gum solutions.
> (E.g. students, workshop participants et. al. ...)
> Thanks Philippe.
> Regards,
> Loris.

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