Re: fastest gum printer in the west-er-east

From: Hamish Stewart ^lt;>
Date: 03/02/04-05:13:49 PM Z
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On 2/3/04 13:44, "Christina Z. Anderson" <> wrote:

Hi Chris, agree that the spray bottle is the most wonderful tool, my one is
pretty similar and can do a nice 'mist' spray for overall coverage, or a
more directed squirt at stubborn areas. After the first coat I very rarely
do the straight development, out comes the bottle, and a bottle of wine if
I am lucky :-)

Best with the reviews

Regards Hamish in sunny damp London

> OHHHH, Osky, I need to clarify. I first put the prints in a tray of water
> face up, to soften and release the dichromate, then face down. After maybe
> 5 or 10 minutes, then I spray them, and give a quick final rinse after
> spraying and then hang to dry. You soften the gumprint in water first
> before spraying. I actually got the idea from the old books. Demachy and
> Maskell believed that if you just automatically developed the print without
> manipulation of a major sort, you were not using the process to its fullest
> advantage :) They sprayed and sponged and droppered water and used enema
> hoses (LOL). But they didn't have plastic Walmart spray bottles!
> Chris
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fotoalquimia" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 8:09 AM
> Subject: Re: fastest gum printer in the west-er-east
>> Christina:
>> How did you do it with a spray bottle??
>> Isn't it very little water?
>> How did you rinse it after developingo??
>> Osky Burstein
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Christina Z. Anderson" <>
>> To: "Alt List" <>
>> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 9:55 AM
>> Subject: fastest gum printer in the west-er-east
>>> A while back someone (forgive me, I forget, but was it Miguel?) posted a
>>> time chart about how long it took to do a gum print, and I saved it to
>> show
>>> my professors but then a snafu with my email erased all saved messages.
>>> Anyway, midterm reviews are today, and yesterday I kid you not: I
> coated
>> 9
>>> (!) gums, exposed, developed, and hung to dry in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
> I
>>> layer of tricolor, 7 8x11's and 2 11x17's.
>>> How was this possible? Drying the layers with a hair dryer, and
>> developing
>>> them with a spray bottle, with a little mania tossed in (I had only a 1
>> 1/2
>>> hour window of opportunity before I had to leave to TA so necessity was
>> the
>>> mother of invention).
>>> *Normally* a gum layer will take me 3 hours to do 9 (not including
> drying
>>> time). Then with 3 layers, plus sizing time and producing the digineg
>> time,
>>> accounting for failures or less than perfect prints, I figure I have
> about
>> 4
>>> hours per print.
>>> I'm running out of sized paper. Good news: I'll be testing Ryuji's
>>> glutyrlaldehyde (sp) hardener soon, with the next batch.
>>> Back to work.
>>> Chris
Received on Tue Mar 2 17:19:10 2004

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