Re: aquapel sizing was Re: silvery sheen & fisheyes

From: Kate Mahoney ^lt;>
Date: 01/08/04-07:14:14 PM Z
Message-id: <005101c3d64d$e5b58410$8226f6d2@yourif5zypd2xn>

Yes, Mike ware says the paper that works best should be internally sized
with aquapel etc
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From: "Judy Seigel" <>
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: aquapel sizing was Re: silvery sheen & fisheyes

> On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
> > These are manufacturers sizings, altho I have heard that you can buy
> > some places. Check Ware's argyrotype article at his website. It was
> > definitely said by him, either there or in the literature that came with
> > initial stuff I bought thru Freestyle in the kit.
> > Chris
> >
> > > > To get specific, Ware says sizing should be aquapel or alkyletene
> > > > dimer
> If you want to buy Aquapel, I bought mine at TALAS, but that was years
> ago, they may have other materials now. TALAS was/is mostly purveyor of
> conservation & library materials... But in my experience, this is another
> one of Ware's findings that didn't, um, how shall I put this.... reveal
> itself in my studio.
> I think the difference is probably whether the material is IN the paper
> (as it is in Buxton, which I adore for gum printing & just laid out mucho
> dinero to treat myself to another few sheets) or ON the paper. Or let me
> say I tested Aquapel as a surface size on two papers (if memory serves,
> Arches and Rives BFK) and literally discovered vanishing returns. That is,
> I kept reducing the % of the solution. But Aquapel on the surface caused
> emulsion coated on top of it to ball up (crawl in drops instead of
> spreading smoothly).
> I kept reducing the strength of the solution and finally got to (again
> from memory) 1/2%, whereupon the paper showed no effect of sizing at all,
> as apparent in comparison tests. I suppose you'd call that a VERY steep
> curve.
> Judy
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