Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cyanotype supplies that we are using - stuff you need to do this at home


The only two chemicals that are really needed:
2 x 1lb (smaller quantities are available)
Ferric Ammonium Citrate - Green

5 lb (smaller quantities are available)
Paper - you can use just about any paper you want. See the other posting on Cyanotype for a list that papers that work particularly well with the process. 

9x11 sheets
Crane 90 lb Cotton Rag

Also nice to have some Hydrogen Peroxide on hand to preview how the print will look when fully dry. Some tea or coffee is nice if you want to tone your prints. Sodium Carbonate can be used to bleach your prints prior to toning. It is sold at larger grocery stores as Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  You can also use TSP, but it isn't good for rivers and fish when it gets into waterways.

You can use a glass clip frame, a regular frame, or a sheet of glass with some clamps to keep the negative flat against the paper.

We are using Ultra Premium OHP Transparency Film to print the negatives on. We are using a 17" roll of it, but it is available in 8.5 x 11 sheets to feed through just about any printer. You can use of overhead transparency film/paper (commonly available at just about any office store) but the image won't likely to be as fine using the Pictorico stuff. Epson also makes a clear film named CrystalClear Film. It isn't as common though.

In summary, for very little money you can obtain what is necessary to make Cyanotype prints at home.

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