[alt-photo] Re: pigment problem
juliansmart at virginmedia.com
Wed Feb 9 19:36:05 GMT 2011
This was indeed my method until just recently when I decided I couldn't
stand the large amounts of formaldehyde. It does work in my opinion better
than any other form of sizing/hardening I have tried- I was able to size my
sheets of paper perfectly and with no uneveness or streaking. The biggest
problem I have with this method is having to dry my prints indoors-the fumes
are too much- tried it in the garage but too much concrete dust!
I will crack this new method- Ian Hooper sugested a few drops of vinegar to
make the gel. acidic which slows down the rate of hardening. Still doesn't
solve my original pigment problem- I merely switched to a different pigment
and got a perfect result........
>Well, it seems that the pigment problem is solved, but you still seem to be
having sizing issues. Why don't you just coat with plain gelatine and harden
later with a formalin solution? It is slightly more work, but you will never
have the problem of the gelatine hardening too fast. I apply two coats of 3%
gelatine and harden after they are well dry.
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