[alt-photo] Re: I know, another sizing question

Trevor Cunningham trevor at chalkjockeys.com
Thu Sep 9 15:05:22 GMT 2010

  I heard it was used to preserve gum. If it hardens gelatin too, that 
would be awesome!.

On 9/9/10 5:43 PM, Jacques Augustowski wrote:
> Trevor,
> As I can recall someone said something about aspirin, I prefer 
> mercuric chloride, although extremely toxic, I prefer this than 
> swimming with  sharks.
> On 09-Sep-10 2:40 AM, Trevor Cunningham wrote:
>>  Disclaimer: I am aware that some prefer not to tolerate beginners in 
>> this forum, so humor or ignore me then if you have such regard.
>> Situation: Plain and simple, I have gelatin resources up to my 
>> armpits, but no access to glyoxal/formalin/formaldehyde unless I 
>> steal it from work which I won't even consider. This is for gum 
>> printing, by the way.
>> Potential solutions with my limited available resources (Saudi Arabia 
>> isn't heavy on the art supply front):
>>    * Katherine Thayer has a reassuring article indicating that, with
>>      some attention to clearing highlights with hot water, unhardened
>>      gelatin is really not an issue. While I like this, and DON'T wish
>>      to start an argument here over this topic, I have other factors to
>>      consider below before I decide how to proceed.
>>    * I have ample access to gesso. But having used it with cyanotypes,
>>      wishes there was a way to seal it as much as possible to limit its
>>      mixture with the emulsion. With the unusual infatuation with
>>      powdered milk here, casein seems to be exceptionally cheap to come
>>      by. I remember seeing mention of using casein with gesso, any
>>      thoughts?
>>    * I have a bag of Gamblin rabbit skin glue that I purchased in lieu
>>      of the PVA product with consideration to air travel. Has anyone
>>      used this glue as a size?
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