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I bet you don’t have one of these…. yet!

I got a lovely surprise in the post at work today.

These are laser cut plywood sheets courtesy of Ismail, a friend from the UK wet plate Facebook group, and now a new member of the Collodion Bastards group.

These are fantastic and are gifts, from Ismail, to those camping at our get together in August. Its a shame Ismail can’t make it. I think you guys are going to be well chuffed when you see these.

I can see moulded chocolate bars in the near future 😉 Ismail has hit on something here. Any ideas anyone?

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Also when I popped to the studio yesterday I did a few quick tests with my Cyanotype and Vand Dyke Brown chems. Fabriano Artistico smooth 300 gsm with a brightish clear glass ambrotype. The Cyanotypes needed a good 30 minute exposure with the UV unit, whereas the VDB only needed 5 minutes???? Wasn’t expecting that.

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Also changed my Paterson dome safelights for these 13w E14 low energy red lamps, and boy does it make a difference, its safe for wet plate, c-types and VDBs so far, will test with some silver modern papers. The difference really has to be seen to be believed. Amazing. Two for £7.95, and I’m only using the one!

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9 Comments

  1. Jay Philbin
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM | #

    That is unbelievably cool! Any chance of getting one or five?

    Happy shooting,

    Jay

  2. Posted July 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM | #

    I’ll have a word. I reckon theres a multitude of stuff that can be made like this. I’m really impressed. Hope you are well Jay.

    Tony

  3. Jay Philbin
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM | #

    Thanks Tony!

    All is well this side of the pond. Making a new darkbox and heading to the Jamboree at John Coffer’s on August 1st. How’s the new studio working for you?

    Regards,

    Jay

  4. Jay Philbin
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 3:02 PM | #

    Oh, and thanks for asking for me – much appreciated.

    Jay

  5. Posted July 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM | #

    Took on a two year contract recently Jay, so trying to get to the studio two evenings a week and some time on the weekend.
    All good here. Say hello to Mr Coffer and his good lady for me.

    T

  6. Alan Abbott
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM | #

    Any chance of a link to the bulbs?
    Thanks

  7. Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM | #

    2 X 13W LOW ENERGY SAVING COLOUR PARTY BULBS SMALL EDISON SCREW CAP SES E14 NEW

    Ebay seller : cke786

    Heres a link but it’ll only be live whilst the listing is live….

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-X-13W-LOW-ENERGY-SAVING-COLOUR-PARTY-BULBS-SMALL-EDISON-SCREW-CAP-SES-E14-NEW-/360703314708

  8. Jonny Taulen
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:09 PM | #

    Have you had a chance to try it with “standard” silver gelatin papers yet ? Would be interesting if it worked great with those also =)

  9. Posted July 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM | #

    Hi, Yep works fine on modern silver papers, sometimes you have to use a slightly higher grade of paper but yep they print just fine.

    The main image in this blog post.. are with modern Ilford paper.

    Cheers,
    Tony