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    Making ground glass???

    Hi,
    I'd like to try my hand at making a couple of GG's for 8X10...

    Any "secrets to success" to share???

    Thanks,

    Steve K

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    Re: Making ground glass???

    I think patience is the first order of the day. And more patience. Do it while watching TV.

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    Re: Making ground glass???

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    Hi,
    I'd like to try my hand at making a couple of GG's for 8X10...

    Any "secrets to success" to share???

    Thanks,

    Steve K
    Steve, there are a few threads of interest noted at the bottom of the current thread, in the "Similar Threads" section. This link is often sited: https://www.dokasphotos.com/techniques/ground_glass/
    cheers
    Tom

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    Re: Making ground glass???

    Quote Originally Posted by tomwilliams View Post
    Steve, there are a few threads of interest noted at the bottom of the current thread, in the "Similar Threads" section. This link is often sited: https://www.dokasphotos.com/techniques/ground_glass/
    cheers
    Tom
    Interesting link!!! I had looked at several that had the silica carbide as the media and about the same process, but this was the first article that suggested using aluminium oxide for the media that produces a smoother, brighter glass surface... Maybe this is what some premium GG makers use???

    Thanks for that, and keep the tips coming... ;-)

    Steve K

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    Re: Making ground glass???

    It's not difficult. I just used a large piece of picture-frame glass, a smaller piece of glass as the tool, and some 600 grit silicon carbide. For $8 I bought a pound of 600 grit SiC from the local jewelry supplies / lapidary / rock shop. This is like a 100 year supply of grit. It would be better to have the tool be 1/4" thick glass so it's easier to hold, but I didn't have any so I used thin glass, just be careful when holding it. The two pieces of glass with a water-grit slurry will tend to adhere to to each other, so always slide them apart sideways rather than trying to pry/lift them apart.

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    Re: Making ground glass???

    Cutting glass to any exact camera size is more difficult than grinding

    Most 8X10 GG cameras are exactly 8X10, but not all

    I keep a few glass from Home Depot on hand

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/8-in-x-1...0810/202091040

    It IS exactly 8X10

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