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, thelightfarm.com 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.