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Refining Low Proof Alcohol

Refining Low Proof Alcohol

Learn to refine lower proof alcohol for use with collodion.
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Varnishing Plates

Varnishing Plates

The traditional method of finishing a plate is to varnish it after it's thoroughly dry. This is...
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Preparing Glass Plates for Collodion

Preparing Glass Plates for Collodion

How to prepare glass for use with collodion films.
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Preparing Tin for Collodion

Preparing Tin for Collodion

Things to know when using pre-coated aluminum sheet for tintypes.
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Specral Sensitivity of Collodion Film

Specral Sensitivity of Collodion Film

The spectral sensitivity of collodion is markedly different than what the eye sees. Here are some...
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Using Modified Sheet Film Holders

Using Modified Sheet Film Holders

How to use a modified sheet film holder with wet plate collodion.
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Hazards of Over Development

Hazards of Over Development

For crisp clean images, avoid excessive development times.
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Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets

Because the wet-plate lab deals with a wide variety of potentially hazardous materials, the first...
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Peeling & Lifting

Peeling & Lifting

The "usual suspect" for collodion that peels or lifts from the plate is a plate that has been...
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