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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Woodbury View Post
    For fixing wet collodion plates, I prefer the color given by KCN. Does anybody have a source for this where it doesn't cost a fortune or require a dump truck to deliver?

    Yes, I know it is toxic. I know other things work. Prefer KCN.

    Thank you all.

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    You really want to play with this?

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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Well the title says potassium chloride, missed the KCN part, should look a little closer before I post.

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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Roger, sorry about the title. Apparently that is an edit I can't make.

    No, I don't want to "PLAY" with it, but I'd like it for wet plate collodion. It gives the color I prefer. What I have is nearly gone. I'm more likely to be killed by some virus, heart disease, stroke, car accident, alcohol poisoning, drug overdose, drowning, shark bite, gunshot, falling on my head, or the disease I already have (only one per customer, please). Right now, KCN is the bottom of the list and it will stay that way.

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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    Itís a restricted chemical but most chemical suppliers will sell to you with proper requirements. Best to contact them directly.

    Try https://www.mileschemical.com/ or https://www.laballey.com/

    At the very least they will need a Resale Certificate, TIN, and perhaps safe handling assurance.

    Person who taught me WPC used it a lot for his work and workshops. His business justified itís procurement. I suspect you have some aptitude in using it and I understand your preference.
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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium chloride

    It's amazing stuff. And at the dilutions used for fixing plates, not particularly worrisome if used with care. I do have some, but you'd have to be in SF to pick it up. I'm mostly interested in negatives, so I would be willing to part with it. Really, the silver bath is likely the nastiest part of doing wet plate.

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    Re: Source needed for KCl, potassium chloride

    OK, everything reconciled, thread title - with KCN and cyanide - should now be correct. Thanks to all for the behind-the-scenes correspondence.

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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium cyanide

    You donít need kcn for gaining a color. Developer can also give you a warm color.

    http://collodion-art.blogspot.com/20...ixer-test.html
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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium cyanide

    What Alex said. You don't need KCn to chase down a specific color rendering. There are other ways to get a warm-colored plate.
    Besides, it is well on its way to a tightly controlled/restricted substance and in 5 years its likely you won't be able to buy it, period. A well-known merchant used to supply it fairly readily, but after several buyers - unbeknownst to the merchant - acquired it for the purpose of committing suicide, they decided to make it much more difficult to acquire. And for good reason.

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    Re: Source needed for KCN, potassium cyanide

    There are times when derailing a serious topic with frivolous tangential comments is really unhelpful.

    Closing the thread at the OP's request.

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