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    Kallitype and toning

    Dear All,


    I am about to start experimenting with Kallitype printing.
    I have read the many interesting articles on the web, especially the very informative one by Sandy King.
    I would like to try to tone the prints with Selenium (to keep the cost down) but I have not been able to find
    many examples of what a Kallitype toned in Selenium would look like.
    I would be grateful if you can share images of your prints and possibly the process you have used.

    Thanks,
    Gabriele

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    I have never tried the Kallitype process, so can not claim any knowledge of it. But you might look at Ed Buffaloe's site, www.unblinkingeye.com. You'll find information there that may help. No pictures, though.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Kallitypes are generally toned with gold, not selenium. If you give it a try, do it prior to fixing.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    I have toned quite a few Van Dyke browns in selenium, but not kallitypes. Very brief toning in very dilute selenium can make a van dyke shift towards a slightly more neutral brown. Stronger toning shifts it to yellow-greenish brown, reducing dmax in the process. I understand the effect is comparable on kallitypes. Frankly, it's not really worth it. Just use gold toner. It's not as expensive per print as it may seem.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Thanks all for replying.
    Koraks how many, say 8x10, prints one can process with a bottle of Gold toner?
    Here in Italy I can get Tetenal gold toner.
    G

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Generally you need at least 40-50ml working solution to tone an 8x10 in a flat-bottomed tray that is only marginally larger than the print. If you're patient, you may be able to stretch this by diluting even further and toning longer, but then it starts to come down to how much black there is to the print. A high-key image can easily be toned with less toner than I indicated, while a low-key image may need a little more. It also depends if you want to tone to completion or if you like the results somewhere halfway through the process. The 50ml I indicated is about right for a medium to quite dense print toned to completion.
    However, I have to admit I've only used home-made gold toner, not the ready-made kind, so your mileage may vary.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    I tone 8x10 prints using 25ml of gold. I pour it on the surface and maneuver it around by tilting the tray. Of course, this is single use, but it saves wasting gold by mixing up large batches.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    25-30ml per print in a flat-bottom tray sounds right. Palladium toner is another option, not that expensive (as say platinum) and gives very nice results as well. For me selenium was always too yellow-ish - you may try Moersch's "carbon toner" - which as far as i understand a combine sulfite-selenium toner - works much better than pure selenium toner. Generally gold makes cold kallitypes - excellent for some purposes, not for all.
    Website of sorts, as well as flickr thing.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Hi Gabriele,

    Here is a print I just finalized in untoned (left) and palladium toned (right) versions. The toned version will be my final print. I use Sandy King's toning formula. Four grams of palladium cost me about $90 USD, add a little citric acid and distilled water - enough to make me 4L of toning solution - total of about 80 8x10s. And the nice thing about kallitypes is that you only have to use the toner on the ones you know are worth it! I'll try gold one of these days, but I was really looking for the "look" of the palladium toning here.

    I hope that helps!
    Bill
    P.S. The model for this is Dakota Snow - definitely worth working with for those in the DC/MD/VA area.

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    Re: Kallitype and toning

    Thanks again all for the useful informations.
    On flickr there are some kallitype selenium toned by Moersch that look
    pretty amazing to me, probably his chemistry is far from trivial....

    Bill thanks for sharing your image, very nice work. Am I wrong or the palladium version
    has a lower density?

    G

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