Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit

Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit

Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit

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Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit

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The Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit gives you the user a chance to explore the art of Salt Paper Printing.

In the early 1800's, William Henry Fox Talbot produced the first ever paper photograph, and the technique that he used is called salt printing. Although it is relatively easy to create a salt image, this method produces an effect very difficult to reproduce using modern photo-graphic techniques.

Talbot noted that slight variations in the proportions of the chemicals used, led to a variety of tints and hues evident in the image. This, coupled with slight imperfections inevitable in silver nitrate coating, ensures that each salt print is unique.

A salt print is formed by a process of soaking cleansed Canelletto Art paper in a salt solution, and then coating the sheet with a silver solution.

The coated paper is then exposed to UV and then stabilized to create an 'aged' looking image with a unique charm.

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Fotospeed Salt Printing Kit
  • 10 x Sheets 8 x 10" Canelletto Paper
  • 5 x Sheets 8 x 18" OHP Film
  • Buckle Brush
  • 250ml each of Salt Solution
  • Silver Solution and Stabilizers Along with Full Instructions
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    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 8.9 x 2.4"
    Salt Printing Kit is rated 1.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from not precise I wanted to get in to salt printing, so I tried out this kit. It doesnt exactly say what chemicals are included, but it requires a few drops ofammonia. I first got this kit and had to use a 50/50 combo of ammonia, it seems this kit went bad, but I made a few prints with very low contrast and a barely recognizeable image anyway. I gave up on it and tried it a few months later, which resulted in a 10/90 mix of silver solution/ ammonia. Needing to know more about salt printing I bought a book on alternative processes, and did a little research.. nowhere can I find a salt printing recipe that requires ammonia. So all in all, if you want to get in to salt printing and be fully informed on the chemical process- buy a book, caustic chemicals, and proper safety gear to mix it together yourself like how it should be done.
    Date published: 2013-08-24
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible, sloppy, and unpredictable Basically the only plus about this kit is that it comes with all the necessary chemicals: salt solution, silver solution, and 3 different sensitizers. Each senisitizer can be used alone or in combination with the others to produce differnet colors. However you do need to buy ammonia to mix with the silver solution. Other than that, this is absolutely awful. I've been making salt prints for quite some time and these are the worst results I have ever gotten. First of all, the OHP paper isn't packaged well at all. There is nothing to separate the individual sheets, so it was hard to pull one out without pulling out all the others. Also, there was a sticky residue right in the middle of EVERY SINGLE SHEET...kind of made it hard to make a decent negative when it's already banged up before you even print on it. The instructions say that you don't need to size their fancy-shmancy Cantonello paper with gelatin. But trust me, you do, because every time I coated the paper with silver solution, it was extremely splotchy no matter how evenly I applied it. So, go ahead and buy this kit if you're really into salt printing and need the chemicals. But you'll definitely need to buy different transparency film, paper, and gelatin to size it. Also don't forget about measuring tools, trays, brushes to coat the paper, etc.
    Date published: 2013-07-18
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