Done Painting

Top half done:

top half done

This was left over paint that had been sitting on a shelf for a decade or more.

all done

After a few spot trims on the floor I wheeled the dehumidifier into the room and that was that.

Now the things all have to be organized somehow. The sink has to be cleared. The table top has to be cleaned off.

I’m still waiting for a delivery from The Lab Depot. My order was not complete. They did not send me a probe. I’ve called them twice now to try and get it. The digital heater will be sent back if I do not get that probe soon. I don’t think they ever heard of how people sell and ship things on ebay.

No Darkroom Needed

The idea of not needing a darkroom to make big pictures photographically is very appealing to me. Brushing on emulsion is cool, so is scraping it on like with a rod as shown in the St Pauls video starting at 7 min and 30 seconds.
That was on Albumen coated paper. The solution did not soak into the paper in that case.

Another method is called The VanDyke Process. A brush is used to coat the paper. Here are a number of videos to watch about it:

Final Story Process – Van Dyke Process

Vandyke brown printing (with pigment toning)

VanDyke basic. A priming.

More on basic vanDyke – The barn

Vandyke toning option – the fence

Gail Erwin demonstrates the Van Dyke Brown photographic process

Darkroom 2

clean room     Much of the darkroom has been cleaned by painting it. Here you can see past the door and the dark curtain into the new space. The floor is no longer black and now I can actually see into the space under the table. The wall behind the table is 20 feet closer to me. The same ceiling light works now but when the room was all black it did not allow me to see much at all.

dark roomWhen that ceiling was black, it was very dark in there.

This photo is blurry because I never take digital flash photos. The camera moved.

Here are some more shots of the new space, messy still, but clean and bright. The floor needs to dry a couple more days before I can move stuff out from under the sink and paint under there.

lightroom 1

lightroom 2

lightroom 3

I found a stainless steel developing tank for 8×10 glass plates under the sink that I didn’t know I had. It was so black there that I could not see what was there. Also, the top shelf over the sink was so dirty it was brown, not white. I washed it with TSP. That shelf and other surfaces are rough and difficult to clean. The wall behind the sink is wood and pretty smooth but all the other ones are cement. They benefit from paint applications. Eventually, they will become smoother and easier to wash.

After two days drying, I went for it and moved all the stuff out from under the sink. The wall and floor were painted. Now it is possible to see under there.

Under the sink

I am glad that I did not have to remove the sink. The shelf is black plastic so it was not painted. It cleans nicely as it is. Chemical spills dry lighter than it and show up a lot. This sink came from B&H.

The floor paint came from Home Depot. It has no oder at all. It dries fast. But, it says on the can to wait 3 days to use it a lot. It is garage and cellar paint.

Darkroom redo

The darkroom had been painted black. I could not see even when the lights were on. So, I started by painting the ceiling white. Then a wall. Then another. The darkroom had to be cleaned anyway and painting it did that. I washed the floor and some shelves. Man, where they dirty! A major overhaul is needed just so I can wash it down every now and then.

It got pretty humid in the darkroom, like when I would pour glass plates. The dehumidifier was moved into the room. Ventilation is very poor. There is a bathroom type fan in the ceiling.  When I researched proper darkroom fan setups, mine turned out to be the bad example.

Now there are more things to buy. A different fan is needed, more piping for it and a hood over the sink, just sitting on the back of the sink.  A filter goes over the input louvers and maybe even another air input near the ceiling.

More New Stuff

Beakers Even more new stuff is now here for the darkroom. I also got a  pyrex coffee pot with a handle that is like a giant beaker. And I just ordered a digital hot plate with a temperature probe.

I’m wondering now just which emulsion recipe is the easiest to make. Perhaps I should begin with an easy one even if it for coating paper.

Glass Emulsion 1

I want to make emulsion to put onto glass plates. So, I’ll start with that. Looking on The Light Farm, looking past digital negative printing, looking past paper coating emulsions, I find the first mention of coating glass and making an emulsion just for that purpose. Here is the link:

There are still some pieces of equipment that I need to get. I need to construct the water bath and take readings in both containers. But this is where I will begin to make emulsions. This is the emulsion that I will attempt to make. Soon.

A Good Heat Pad

Good Heater

This Salton food heater has a variable dial that is rubbish. It holds on the lo setting and on 1 but then jumps to 3 1/2 like it has a spring in it when it is turned.

However, it is perfect on the lo setting and or 1 for melting Emulsion and keeping it warm. The average temperature is 120 degrees F or 48 C. The left pot is 4 degrees F warmer than the one on the right next to the dial. The Right Pot was 118 F Analog or 47.3 C digital / 117 F and the pot on the left was 122 F Analog and 121 F Digital or 49.1 C. Those reading were taken after about 4 hours had passed. The pots had been filled with luke warm water to start with.

Readings taken after 2 hours had passed were, Right Pot, Analog 120 F, Digital 117 F & 47 C and the Left Pot was, Analog 122 F, Digital 118.6 F & 48.2 C. There didn’t seem to be much variability in the temperature swings but I didn’t watch it that closely.

This heating pad has lines going across the width of the surface and no other decorations. The other Salton pad was larger and had a circular part along with the lines but it only had a hi lo switch. It was too hot on lo.

But don’t let that stop you. A rheostat dial could be had cheaply enough and put into a box with two plugs, one in one out. Plug in the heater into that box and dial the temp you want, hi lo or not.

Study First

Earlier, I said that my excess contact printing frames were to be sold. That is not true any more, at least, not for the big ones. More was reveled by reading, studying, The Light Farm. Those large contact printing frames are perfect for Digital Negatives. If I only knew how to make digital negatives. But, I have printed on acetate. That was for traditional cel animation. So, something of a beginning has been made. Anyway, it is possible to scan 12×15 glass plates, make digital negatives and contact print them on my own (soon to be attempted) hand coated, hand made emulsion, photo print papers. After reviewing TLF site more, again, I remembered that the digital negative thing is why I bought the frames in the first place.

The Light Farm web site is huge. It represents a lot of work over a long time. It is difficult to know where to begin. I decided to start at what I think was the beginning of it and read straight through the whole thing.

On the home page, at the bottom of the left column, is a link to:

The Original “Adventures in Emulsion – Making” blog

All 15 parts and the Overview were read.

I do not have a 4×5 Mowery blade but I do have the 8×10 one. I also have puddle pushers, coating wells from DR (The Light Farm), and my methods of coating glass.

I started out by using Liquid Light emulsion to coat 4×5 glass, scan them, and print them using a computer printer. There was lots to do pouring plates, exposing, developing, and doing it better.

Now I am gearing up to make emulsion, coat glass and paper, and make those contact prints.

Shop at Home

watch jelly Another delivery Thursday brought jelly bags and a stop watch. The stop watch is my favorite and will get used down at the local track when I do my jogging. It’ll also get used timing emulsions.

On Friday I ordered on line a set each of Beakers and Gradiated cylinders.