[alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed

Philippe Berger mineurdecharbon at skynet.be
Sun Aug 8 14:22:10 GMT 2010

It is different but for the carbon Transfer, i use only the Formalin witout 

Philippe Berger
mineurdecharbon at skynet.be
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From: "Loris Medici" <mail at loris.medici.name>
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Subject: [alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed

>  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.
> Regards,
> Loris.
> 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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>> Sent: 08 August 2010 14:47
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>> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed
>>    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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