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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    I see some are using Lucite or Plexiglas

    Your thoughts?
    I've never used black plexi, but I know people who have (including Quinn, who likes the result a lot) and it seems to work well. But compared to almost all other media, its VERY expensive. I asked my local supplier to quote a price per 8x10 piece, and if I remember correctly, it was about $2.80 per 8x10. When I can make glass plates at $1.00 per piece, plexi seems rather expensive.

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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
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    When and if you decide to pursue a more archival path, consider either japanning your own tins, or working on glass....
    Glass plates are allergic to concrete. Many a glass plate in my darkroom suffered such a fate.

    Incidentally, when making albumen prints, broken glass plates in a jar were used to froth white eggs if one didn't have electricity and a blender. Also, improves your forearm tone.

    Japanned plates have a certain blackness to it I find appealing, however, I am patiently challenge in making them.

    Now how about some ruby glass backed by black velvet?
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Quote Originally Posted by paulbarden View Post
    Ya gotta remember that "trophy plate" aluminum was never intended to be used for making tintypes, so there's no guarantee that the chemistry of any of the manufacturers will be compatible with the process 100% of the time. Nobody knows yet how "archival" tintypes made on trophy plate are going to be. That is an experiment in progress.

    When and if you decide to pursue a more archival path, consider either japanning your own tins, or working on glass. Those materials have a long history and their archival properties are well known.
    I've had an archival experiment going for about 8 years....I'll have to check the date. I made a plate on trophy plate, aluminum. I varnished it with traditional Sandarac. Then I put it on my front door, exposed to temp, weather, sun, rain, etc. It's been there to this day. I'll go take a picture of it....

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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Any ideas, thoughts on this? If you read down he made some plates.

    Baking in Sun seems a good idea...

    https://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolRe...Japanning.html
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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Any ideas, thoughts on this? If you read down he made some plates.

    Baking in Sun seems a good idea...

    https://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolRe...Japanning.html
    I would stick with tried and true recipes from the period. Using spar varnish is an unknown. There's nothing wrong with using Asphaltum dissolved in mineral spirits, with a dash of Canada balsam added. You can bake plates 8x10 and smaller in a toaster oven.
    Japan black delivers a MUCH darker black than trophy plate. Comparing the two side by side and the trophy plate looks dark gray!

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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    Maybe a dash of paprika before going into the toaster?

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    Re: Pricing Aluminum Plates and Sheets

    I like Paul's answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Maybe a dash of paprika before going into the toaster?
    Cinnamon, if you don't mind.

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